A Statement by Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO of The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
I’m at a point where I am saddened and jaded by the news of another White terrorist murdering people of color due to his racist ideology. The history of this country is filled with the dehumanization of Asian women and it has been perpetuated negatively throughout U.S. media. The sexism and racism in this attack is completely intertwined and we as a country are again not surprised by the lack of police effort to take on the responsibility of protecting the victims. I am not surprised to see another officer like Captain Jay Baker uphold White supremacy as he writes off the domestic terrorist as having a “bad day.”
There is no doubt that this was a hate crime. The act was a premeditated murder riddle with misogyny, xenophobia, and racism. I ask all press that are covering this terrorist attack to let the Asian community write about this. Let Asian women, who have been often overlooked by the media, tell the stories of how this has affected their community.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition is dedicated to eliminating hate and racism, and we stand in solidarity with our Asian-Latinx family and all in the Asian American Pacific Islander community in demanding justice.
Brenda Victoria Castillo
President & CEO
National Hispanic Media Coalition