There's nothing funny about being a fashionable target for hate crimes. This happened on Sunday.
But it's also not our first rodeo and we can learn to be there for each other better.
There is great power in love for yourself and your community.
[3-panel comic of an Asian American woman, learning to love herself in the face of hate. Monochrome palette except for red accents. Panel 1, a simple illustration of a girl with a bun and a large red target pointed on her. She looks anxious and scared. Text reads: "There's nothing funny about the continued rise of hate crimes against Asians in cities across the U.S." In panel 2, she is hugging a large red heart. In panel 3, she puts the heart down on its own feet and they hold hands. Text reads: "- but I still love my Asian self, so times are weird." Titled "On Loving Yourself When Others Hate." Original comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
We love your Asian self, too, Connie.
I am actually quite surprised there wasn't violence against Asians in my own city during the worst of the Coronavirus crisis here. Perhaps we've grown up some.
Or maybe it just wasn't reported. That too is possible.
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