Kamala Harris condemns ‘heinous act of violence’ in Atlanta speech after shooting


Vice-president Kamala Harris condemned the Tuesday shooting of eight people in the Atlanta area, six of them Asian-American women, as a “heinous act of violence” on Friday during a speech at Emory University. Her remarks followed a meeting between her, the president, and a delegation of Asian-American leaders from Georgia.

“Whatever the killer’s motive, these facts are clear,” she said. “Six out of the eight people killed on Tuesday night were of Asian descent. Seven were women. The shootings took place in business owned by Asian-Americans. The shootings took place as violent hate crimes and discrimination against Asian-Americans has risen dramatically over the last year or more.”

President Biden spoke after Ms Harris, talking about how the shooting in Atlanta was both a part of the “public health crisis” that is gun violence, and “racism, the ugly poison that has long haunted and plagued our nation.”

“Too many Asian-Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying, waking up the past year feeling their safety and the safety of their loved ones is at stake,” Mr Biden said. “They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed.”


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