The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA) is deeply saddened and outraged at the deadly anti-Asian hate violence that occurred in Georgia on March 16, 2021. We send our deepest condolences to the families of the eight people killed in Acworth and Atlanta. We mourn the loss of innocent lives and the families and friends who will forever be impacted.
What happened in Atlanta is just an example of the many attacks on communities of color and especially reflects the escalation of anti-Asian violence and discrimination in the United States since the start of the COVID pandemic. We are all too familiar with hate and violence directed towards our communities in that it is rooted in bigotry, white supremacy and racism.
UMEA stands in solidarity with the Asian community in Atlanta and across the country. We denounce any and all acts of violence, hatred, xenophobia or bigotry towards these community members. Racist and violent behaviors must stop and we urge our local community leaders to take action against hate crimes when they occur. Moreover, we urge the Syracuse community to denounce acts of racism, hate and bias harassment when witnessed in neighborhoods, schools and in the workplace. UMEA responds to this violence by directing our energies to stopping hate through our member collaborations, education and community outreach.