At the confluence of the racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, and gun violence that persist in the U.S. and globally, lies a tragedy that reminds us of our kindred struggles – none of us are free until all of us are free.
On March 16, in the Atlanta area, we witnessed the calculated targeting and racist mass murder of Asian women at their workplaces. Although fueled by Trump and the constellation of media and white supremacist forces that he represents, this horrifying violence is directly connected to the same anti-Black violence and rising threat of fascism that social movements in the South have been working to disrupt and defend against for decades.
We stand in solidarity with the families of the people killed, the Asian communities in Atlanta and across the South, and the organizations that renew our shared commitment to protect our people.
"Whenever people are killed senselessly it's a tragedy. When those killings are part of a wider campaign of white supremacy and hate being perpetuated by those in power with genocidal intentions for us all, this tragedy is compounded. As people who know from our lived experience what racial, gender and economic violence feels like and as an organization rooted in the Black Radical Traditions of the U.S. South, I think we have an extraordinary responsibility to show solidarity in moments like this. I wish there was more as an organization we could do today in response to this violence and all the other violence we have been experiencing over this last year - from Rayshard Brooks in our neighborhood to the many other examples we have witnessed and lamented in this country and globally. However, I believe in my heart that the work we are all engaged in will put us in an increasing position to work with our partners to build a movement with the power to defend our people and build liberation in our communities."
- Emery Wright, Project South Co-Director (Listen to audio statement here.)