Why Aren’t the Georgia Spa Shootings Considered a Hate Crime?

”We should not let law enforcement define for us when we think injustice has occurred,“ Scot Nakagawa, a community organizer with ChangeLab, tells TheWrap

Why haven’t the mass shootings at Atlanta-area spas that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent, been classified as a hate crime?

This question, coming after a year of violence and harassment targeting Asian Americans across the U.S., underscores the mounting frustration from communities of color — particularly after Georgia authorities suggested that Robert Aaron Long, who confessed to the killings, was not “racially motivated” because that is what he told them.

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J. Clara Chan

Media and politics reporter • jclara.chan@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jclarachan