CLEVELAND - March 17, 2021 - The CMBA joins our colleagues and friends at the Asian American Bar Association of Ohio in denouncing the horrific killings that occurred in Atlanta this week. Six of the eight killed were Asian women. With the families of the victims, we mourn the loss of life as a result of this violence.
If the evidence indicates the victims were targeted because of their race and/or gender, we urge prosecutors to pursue hate crime charges in addition to the existing murder charges.
An act of terror targeting a group of people on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity is an act of terror against us all. Hate crimes carry severe punishments because violent acts of prejudice not only affect the individuals attacked, but also the community or group of people the individuals represent.
The CMBA stands in solidarity with all those in our community and across the country whose security and well-being continue to be threatened by hateful individuals or groups. There can be no center ground, and equivocation on these issues is an endorsement of hatred and bigotry. As the investigation in Atlanta continues to unfold, we urge all within our community to take this time to reflect on our own words and actions, and how we can play a role in ridding our society of such senseless, brutal acts.
The CMBA urges our members and the public to join us in creating a culture that consciously and consistently denounces hate, violence and prejudice. We further pledge to continue taking action in collaboration with others to advance the rule of law.
Today's statement from AABA is attached. The PDF version can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.