Rihanna Marches in Stop Asian Hate Rally

Henrietta Strickland
Апреля 6, 2021

"This attack would not have happened if he was not released", said Phil Wong, president of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York, standing in front of the courthouse, where demonstrators raised signs to "speak up against Asian hate" and to support the police.

Music sensation Rihanna showed her support to the Asian-American community as she powered the Stop Asian Hate March with her presence in New York City on Sunday. Her assistant Tina Truong shared photos and video of RiRi marching alongside her in the streets.

"This is what solidarity looks like!"

Rihanna was unrecognizable as one attendee asked for her Instagram handle before ultimately realizing who he was talking to.

The video showcases an exchange between the protestor and Rihanna where the man after looking closely at the Instagram handle provided by the singer quips in utter surprise, "That's you?!" "#Call it a hate crime", in reference to a Cherokee County Sheriff's Office spokesman saying that suspected gunman Robert Aaron Long "had a bad day" when he allegedly opened fire last month at three Atlanta-area spas, killing eight people and wounding a man.

Hate crimes reported against Asian Americans increased 149% annually in 2020 in 16 major U.S. cities, according to the Centre for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

In addition to Rihanna, other celebrities including Ariana Grande, Pharrell, and Janet Jackson have condemned hate crimes against the AAPI community. According to a report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, anti-Asian attacks jumped by 145% in 2020.

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