Shaw University Center for Racial and Social Justice Statement on Atlanta Murder Spree

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March 19, 2021

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Jeff Tippett

Shaw University Center for Racial and Social Justice Statement on Atlanta Murder Spree

Racism and xenophobia have led to a fatal outcome in Georgia shootings

The horrifying spate of murders in Atlanta this week are reflective of rising racism and xenophobia in the United States. Eight people, including six Asian women, were killed by a 21-year-old white male. The Asian community is reeling; leaders should speak out and find concrete ways to further protections of the AAPI community.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen a steady rise in reports of anti-Asian sentiment, including outright attacks,” said CRSJ co-director Johnny Hill. “We know that people of color are often scapegoated in hard times. We must all speak with a loud and clear voice: Stop AAPI hate.”

“Shaw University has always stood up for the oppressed,” added CRSJ co-director Valerie Johnson. “Increased racial and sexual violence must be addressed. We are reminded that the intersection of racism and sexism is the nexus of this horrific act. The AAPI community is too often grouped under ‘people of color’ and not afforded the time and effort needed to address their unique needs. The work to end hate will not be easy, but everyone can take simple steps today, like checking in on our Asian friends and family.”

The Shaw Center for Racial and Social Justice is committed to furthering the development of a more just and equitable society. Nobody should live in fear based on the color of their skin.


Founded in 1865, Shaw University is the oldest historically Black university in the Southern United States. A private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Baptist church, Shaw has a rich history steeped in tradition, activism, and service, Shaw fulfills its mission to transform its diverse community of learners into global leaders.

The Center for Racial and Social Justice (CRSJ) is effecting meaningful social change by supporting students’ engagement around civil and human rights, spiritual formation, discernment, and social justice. The CRSJ also supports the development of healthy congregations and communities.

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