CLAREMONT (CBSLA) – Dozens gathered at a ‘Stop Asian Hate’ vigil Sunday as hate crimes against Asian-Americans continue to skyrocket.
Reverend Dr. Jennifer Strickland shared the reverberating sorrow of the Asian American Pacific Islander community following Tuesday’s mass shootings in Atlanta – during a candlelight vigil at Claremont United Church of Christ – that was attended by a diverse crowd.READ MORE: Los Angeles Board Of Public Works Awards 14 Grants For Beautification Projects
“We need to call this what it is,” said Rev. Dr. Jennifer Strickland, of Claremont United Church of Christ. “A terrorist who has committed a hate-crime against Asian women.”READ MORE: Christina Aguilera To Receive Music Icon Honor At People's Choice Awards
Participants brought candles to stand in solidarity with Asian-Americans.
Reverend Strickland says her Korean American mother asked her whether she should start wearing a hat and sunglasses to disguise herself when she leaves her home.MORE NEWS: Wilson High In Long Beach Plans Gender-Neutral Locker Rooms In New Aquatic Center
“The fact that my mother would feel the need to disguise herself from what she is who she is – a beautiful power resilient Asian woman, was devastating,” added Strickland.