The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCCT) strongly condemns the horrific shooting in Atlanta that left eight innocent people dead, including six Asian-American women. We express our deepest sympathy to the families that lost their loved ones during this heinous attack.
While the shooter’s motives remain unclear at this time, the attack takes place amid a deeply troubling rise in racist rhetoric and hate crimes against Asian Americans.
As American Muslims, so often on the receiving end of hate crimes, we lift our voices in solidarity with our Asian American neighbors who have been the target of violent attacks, anti-Asian threats, intimidation, and hate speech. Words matter and have real life consequences.
We call on all Americans to reject violence and hateful rhetoric and to work together for better understanding and respect for one another.