The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City native Olivia Munn is speaking out after the killings of eight people, most of them women of Asian descent, at three Atlanta-area spas.
According to USA Today, Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, Georgia, is facing four murder charges in connection to shootings at two spas in northeast Atlanta, as well as four murder charges and one count of assault in connection to a shooting at a third spa in Cherokee County ( Georgia).
Munn in February started making the television rounds to speak out about the reported rise across the United States in hate crimes, harassment and discrimination against Asian Americans tied to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The “X-Men: Apocalypse” actress, who is Asian American, harnessed the power of social media to help New York Police track down the suspected attacker after a friend’s mother, a Chinese woman, was shoved and injured outside a bakery in Queens and the incident was caught on video.
Munn has continued to use her social media platform and fame to advocate for stopping the violence against Asians and Asian Americans.
“We are being targeted. We are living in a country that is attacking us simply for being us. … We need more people to care about us, we need people to help us amplify this, we need the media to cover it, we need people on social media to denounce this kind of stuff that’s happening against us. It’s so important that we are heard because we have been so invisible for so long,” Munn said on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House.”
A first-generation American of Chinese-Vietnamese descent, Munn also issued a statement on Twitter that she is “tired of people humanizing white terrorists and excusing their murderous acts,” after Cherokee County sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker came under criticism for saying Wednesday that the accused gunman had had a “bad day.”
“You have an entire population living under threat. Asian Americans are being targeted. We wanna talk mental health? Let’s talk about how there’s a mental crisis about living in a country that attacks you just for being you. We need help. Please,” she posted on Twitter.
Munn’s mother, who lives in Oklahoma City, hails from Vietnam and is of Chinese descent.
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