Colleagues in the Department of Anthropology are saddened and outraged by the recent targeted killings at three Atlanta-area spas. We grieve with the families for the lives lost. The shooting exposes the historical vulnerability of Asian immigrant women who are exposed to multiple forms of structural vulnerabilities, of both historical forms and ongoing acts of racism, sexism and misogyny. These vulnerabilities have been heighted since the COVID-19 pandemic, where Asian communities have served as targets of hate. The pandemic has made conditions of work increasingly precarious and these shootings surface the invisible forms of labor exploitation and service work provided by immigrant women, who are routinely subjected to harassment, abuse, and sexual violence.
Following the events of the past summer and the energy of the BLM movement, we call on members of the broader intellectual community to find ways to join efforts to build a multiracial broad-based coalition and movement of anti-hate and anti-racism.
We call on NYU and FAS to invest resources and funds to support on-going faculty-led initiatives to expand the reach of anti-racist work at the University and to invest in the ongoing efforts of Faculty of Color for an Antiracist NYU.
We also join AAUP-NYU and other peer institutions to call for an end to the China Initiative.
Finally, this is a critical moment to center and amplify the voice of grassroots organizations, fighting the effects of hate, xenophobia and the criminalization of immigrant communities. We urge everyone who reads this statement to get involved with the local communities most affected. Please support organizations working for dignified conditions of living and labor for immigrants. (https://stopaapihate.org/, https://www.redcanarysong.net/)