Outrage has been sparked this week after a Californian SUV was spotted with a license plate saying "ASN FLU"...
Which sadly adds to the numerous attacks made on the Asian community here in America.
Here's the full story.
Warning: This article contains footage and information that some readers may find upsetting.
Now, hate crimes against the Asian community here in the United States have been rife for quite some time...
But tragically, awareness hasn't been as apparent as it should have been.
Especially since the pandemic kicked off last year...
Asian Americans have been receiving hate and abuse like never before due to the fact COVID-19 originated in China which, we must say, is utterly disgusting.
Nobody deserves to be abused and attacked because of their race...
And, even more tragically, killed.
Well, last month's horrific events were a prime example of this kind of hate...
And they left the entire world completely stunned.
On the evening of March 16th, twenty-one-year-old Robert Aaron Long went to 3 local spas and shot dead 8 innocent people in Cherokee and Fulcon County, Atlanta.
As per the New York Times, 4 people died in the first shooting at Young's Asian Massage, which was reported at around 5 pm. Just a short while later, Long targeted the Gold Spa where he shot dead 3 women.
Shots were then fired nearby at the Aromatherapy Spa, where the body of another woman was found.
8 people in total tragically died.
The victim's names were:
CRIME- Mothers. Army veterans. Business owners. Newlyweds. These are the victims of the Atlanta spa massacre... women’s lives destroyed w/ little to no care. Obviously a hate crime against women but no second thought, no courage, no systemic change https://t.co/8NPpzNCJzH— The WAPB (@thewapb) March 31, 2021
Delaina Ashley Yaun, thirty-three.
Paul Andre Michels, fifty-four.
Xiaojie Yan, forty-nine.
Daoyou Feng, forty-four.
Soon Chung Park, seventy-four.
Hyun Jung Grant, fifty-one.
Suncha Kim, sixty-nine.
Yong Yue, sixty-three.
Long was arrested a few hours after the shootings following a manhunt...
TODAY 8 ASIAN WOMEN WERE KILLED IN A MASS SHOOTING HATE CRIME BY A TERRORIST IN ATLANTA. pic.twitter.com/BHCaDGFdKe— GUCCI MEIN 🍜 (@tomngo422) March 17, 2021
And although he is now in police custody facing 8 counts of murder and a charge of aggravated assault, people are feeling angrier than ever.
Many took to social media to share their shock and heartbreak over the attack...
I live in Atlanta and am heartbroken about the 8 murders here tonight targeting Asian spas. Disgusting.— AtlBlue (@atl_randy) March 17, 2021
Alongside their anger over how yet another shooting has been allowed to take place here in America.
It's clear that many strongly believe this was a racially motivated attack...
What happened in Atlanta is a hate crime. Anything else is spin. Standing with the Asian American community against hate today and forever.— Jackie Venson (@jackievenson) March 17, 2021
And people have been rallying together both on the streets and online in protest of this kind of terrorism and, of course, to demand justice for America's Asian communities and the victims who lost their lives in this ruthless attack.
But despite the protesting and the awareness being raised...
This kind of despicable hate crime is still happening.
Which is what brings us back to today's story.
A photo of a derogatory license plate on a California SUV was posted on social media last month and people have been left utterly sickened.
A California license plate was found with "Asn Flu" and a Trump bumper sticker. HOW this got by the DMV is beyond me!— Renee Shatanoff (@ReneeVoiceBrand) April 11, 2021
But ASN FLU was allowed... thanks, California https://t.co/FON67YmdPH— ✈️ (@FilipInnah) April 10, 2021
The DVLA company that agreed to print this plate are racist themselves...if you're a state agency & you let this happen, then you're endorsing it...— Paps 🇨🇦 (@paps_yuniverse) April 11, 2021
CA is to blame for allowing an idiot to have this. They’re supposed to check these.— Dave (@jerseydave50) April 11, 2021
Everyone saying “the plates were issued in 2006” 👌. The “Trump” sticker directly above isn’t helping that argument 🤷🏻♀️— Caroline Ballez 💜🌈 (@CarlBarmy) April 11, 2021
You cant tell me someone at the California DMV didnt know what that was when they approved it. Soooo racist— moe walker (@Reecey467) April 11, 2021
I was at the DMV in March 2020 when a man tried to purchase plates that said Covid 19. The clerk admonished him immediately, “people are dying of this!“ Shut him down!— SammyJ (@sammijill420) April 11, 2021
Anyone trying to rationalize this needs a mirror pic.twitter.com/YDnAkvzkUC— The Gooch (@the_real_gooch) April 11, 2021
The SUV was spotted proudly brandishing a "Trump" bumper sticker...
Right above the personalized license plate saying "ASN FLU."
"This was sent to me by a friend of mine - her friend was behind this car. WTF? Come on...really? What kind of person 'bleeping' does this?" the Facebook user who uploaded the snap asked.
Coronavirus has sadly been referred to as the "Asian Flu" by many Americans...
Which is not only racist, but it is also extremely ignorant and cruel.
Let's hope the people behind these kind of despicable crimes will serve justice soon.