Statement on the March 16, 2021 shootings in Atlanta

"Yesterday was a really bad day for him, and this is what he did."


Tuesday, March 16, 2021 was a bad day.


A bad day for eight murdered people in Atlanta and for the friends and family who loved them.

A bad day for America, in our halting journey towards inclusiveness, equality, equity, and anti-racism, and away from violence.

And — especially — a bad day for Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across our nation, for whom this is the terrifying latest episode in a surge of anti-Asian racial violence.


NJ 11th for Change stands with Asian-American communities in grieving for the people whose lives were cut short. 


We reject the white supremacy, racism and misogyny at the root of last week’s mass murder. The ethnicity and the sex of the victims most specifically targeted in these murders — Asian-American women — put them in the crosshairs of intersectional violence. We condemn both the racism and the sexism inherent in this horrible attack.


We also reject the systemic impulse to shift blame to ethnic minority victims, in an attempt to excuse the violent choices of a white perpetrator “having a bad day.” Asian-American people are not responsible for the hate crimes perpetrated against them. Our law enforcement officers and their spokespeople should not have to be reminded of this, no matter what a violent offender says to deflect responsibility for his actions. America should not have to be reminded of this. 


Tuesday, March 16 was more than a bad day; it was a horrifying day, one of too many. NJ 11th for Change stands with all Asian-American communities in anger and sorrow over Tuesday’s losses. We call upon our members, our communities and our country to become better allies, to stand up against white supremacy and gun violence, and to insist that our elected leaders finally do what’s necessary to ensure an America that is safe for everyone. 


This violence and bigotry must end. 


NJ 11th for Change always encourages taking action to support our values. Here are some ideas you can consider for supporting the Asian-American community and fighting white-supremacist violence.

Local Events: 

  • “Standing Up with the Asian Community”: A Vigil — Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 pm in Livingston. Please gather to support our local communities. Coordinated by The Livingston Committee for Diversity & Inclusion and Livingston Chinese Association. Visit for more information.
  • “Learning and Teaching About Anti-Asian Hate Crimes: From Pre-K to Post-Doc” — Tuesday, March 23, 8:00 pm. An educational panel coordinated by our longtime ally Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi and the Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice. Visit for more information. 

Anti-Asian Violence Resources

A Selection of Calls-to-Action from Indivisible:



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