By: Jenn White
Shan Wu was a guest on the NPR 1A podcast where he discussed the attacks in Atlanta, GA. Drawing on his experience as a federal prosecutor, Shan explained the challenges of charging and prosecuting hate crimes.
The shooter in the deadly attacks at three Atlanta spas, in which six Asian women were among the eight people killed, is being charged with murder. But the attacks aren’t currently being prosecuted as hate crimes.
This is despite a wave of attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders over the last year, which is a part of a larger trend of racism and bigotry that members of the AAPI community say has always been a part of American society.