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On Saturday, the 49-year-old Killing Eve actor delivered a powerful speech at a Stop Asian Hate rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The rally came just days after eight people, many of whom were Asian, were killed following a shooting at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia.
The shootings further ignited intentional concerns about a spike in violent hate crimes and attacks directed at people of Asian descent, following a narrative that has put the blame on them for the spread of Covid-19 over the last year.
During the rally, Oh took to the street to deliver a powerful speech, in which she stated that she is ‘proud to be Asian’. The actor continued by addressing the crowd of supporters, noting:
“Pittsburgh, I am so happy and proud to be here with you, and thank you to all the organizers for organizing this just to give us an opportunity to be together and to stand together and to feel each other.”
“For many of us in our community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and our anger, and I really am so grateful to everyone willing to listen.”
“I know many of us in our community are very scared and I understand that and one way to get through our fear is to reach out to our communities. I will challenge everyone here, if you see something will you help me?”
The Greys Anatomy alum ended her speech with the rallying cry: “I am proud to be Asian! I belong here!”
The actor has joined fellow actors Gemma Chan, John Legend, Lana Condor and many others in a recent call to action to end Asian hate and xenophobia following the shooting, which took place last week.
Over the weekend, the BBC reported that a 21-year-old man named Robert Aaron Long had been charged with murder over the killing of the eight people, six of whom were women.
Many organizations are working to decrease violence and provide resources to the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community’s most vulnerable members, including Heart of Dinner, Stop AAPI Hate, the Asian Pacific Fund’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund, Welcome to Chinatown, and the Asian Mental Health Collectively.
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