“If racism and acts of violence are prevalent, we need to bring that to the forefront and not sweep it under the rug.”
“We live here. We pay taxes. We work here. This is our life. This is a country of immigrants, all of the immigrants, so there is nothing we can do better than love each other, than work together.”
Xiaoxu Zheng, a 36-year-old medical researcher at Georgia State University, commenting on the rise in anti-Asian violence over the past year
Zheng who has been in the U.S. for 10 years and lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife and two children, said the protest was his first political event.
“They had lived through an unprecedented planetary pandemic, but they could not survive this: they could not outlive America’s gun epidemic. That proved more fatal than the virus.”