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Monday, February 14, 2022

When Hate Crimes Happen

I needed to draw this for myself today. Sharing with anyone who needs it too. It can feel like our trauma is invisible and nobody cares, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we matter and believe it. 

News of violent attacks and senseless murders has been unrelenting in the past 2 months. In particular, attacks against Asians have increased a staggering 361% in the past year. It is very, very personal.  (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/13/nyregion/murder-chinatown-nyc.html)

Everyone, take care and stay as safe as you can.

[4-panel comic about hate crimes in America and the feeling of being targeted based on your race. Panel 1: girl with a braid sees the news of another violent crime against a person of color in her city. Text reads, "When hate crimes happen to people who look like you, it is personal. You feel it in your body." Panel 2: the ground buckles underneath her, like an earthquake, and everything is thrown off-balance. Text reads, "But your pain is not invisible." Panel 3: ground disappears and she is free-falling through the sky, anguished, everything feels out of her control. But there is a backpack. Text reads, "Your trauma is not a mere inconvenience." Panel 4: in the final frame, she is able to open a parachute she wasn't sure would work. It's a small relief, as she continues dropping down over a dense, gray cityscape. Text reads, "Remember that your feelings are valid." Original webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]

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