The #StopAsianHate campaign is taking over Instagram right now, but why? Here’s what the movement is all about.

Back in June 2020, millions of people around the world began supporting the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and it got huge support worldwide.

Now, a similar movement is taking place called Stop Asian Hate, and it’s a response to a mass shooting that happened in Atlanta this week.

Here’s everything you need to know about #StopAsianHate…

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What is #StopAsianHate?

Stop Asian Hate is a movement that aims to raise awareness of and combat the hate and racism that Asian people face on a daily basis.

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Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a sharp rise in hate crimes towards people of Asian heritage, and Asian people across the world are being targeted.

But why is the Stop Asian Hate movement taking over Instagram right now?

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It’s a response to a shooting in Atlanta

You’ve probably seen #StopAsianHate posts flooding your Instagram over the past few days, and there’s a reason why the campaign is suddenly blowing up on social media.

The movement is going viral in response to a mass shooting that happened in Atlanta on Tuesday (March 16th). 

Robert Aaron Long, 21, has been charged with eight counts of murder after allegedly killing eight people in a mass shooting at three different massage parlours in Atlanta, Georgia.

Six of the eight victims were Asian women, which is why the Stop Asian Hate movement is flooding social media. However, it has not yet been officially confirmed whether the attacks were racially motivated or not.

Celebrities are supporting #StopAsianHate

A number of celebrities have taken to social media to condemn Asian hate crimes and support the #StopAsianHate movement.

Singer Rihanna wrote on Instagram and Twitter:

“What happened yesterday in Atlanta was brutal, tragic, and is certainly not an isolated incident by any means. AAPI hate has been rampantly perpetuated and it’s disgusting! I’m heartbroken for the Asian community and my heart is with the loved ones of those we lost yesterday. The hate must stop. #ProtectAAPILives.”

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Actress Gemma Chan, who is part of the Asian community herself, wrote:

“Heartbroken for the families of the 8 victims, 6 of whom were Asian women. Please pay attention to what is happening. This is the latest in a surge of horrific attacks on the Asian community.”

“We need to stop the dehumanisation of Asians. We need to stop the scapegoating of Asians for Covid. We need to unite against all forms of hate,” she continued.

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Other celebrities who have supported the #StopAsianHate movement include John Legend, Olivia Munn, Ellen Degeneres, Eva Longoria and many more.

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