On August 12, 2017, an Alt-Right rally took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. The march was met with counter protesters, which in turn was met with a violent attack from a white supremacist who drove his vehicle into a crowd of people, leaving one woman dead and nineteen others injured. In a related incident, two state troopers were killed in a helicopter accident.
In light of the events that occurred, many turned to Twitter to voice their thoughts and opinions. Celebrities and prominent figures in the Asian-American community took this opportunity to speak their mind about the day of the rally, the attack on the protesters, and President Trump’s response.
We’ve collected a sample of their original tweets here:
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) August 12, 2017
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) August 13, 2017
nah I don’t need to live tweet Charlottesville to prove to you I know it’s happening. I will tweet about oysters.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 12, 2017
As Nazis debase and defile
The president’s taking awhile
Mumbling ’bout “many sides”
While Bannon presides
Saluting him with a “sieg heil.”
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 14, 2017
If only @realDonaldTrump spoke about fighting white supremacy with the same enthusiasm he had when talking about grabbing a woman’s pussy.
— Feodor Chin 🇺🇸❄️ (@FeoChin) August 15, 2017
At least the white nationalist protest is mosquito free! pic.twitter.com/Qb89mKX2gJ
— AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) August 13, 2017
We need to learn to love more and hate less. It’s the most human thing we can possibly do. pic.twitter.com/rMNI1htLYh
— Kolony Out Now (@steveaoki) August 13, 2017
If you need to rely on the color of your skin to assert your superiority over others, you must REALLY not have a lot going on in your life.
— Ross Butler (@RossButler) August 12, 2017
Is this real? 45 talks about unemployment going down DURING his speech in which he never condemns white supremacists perpetuating hatred?
— Vella Lovell (@vellalovell) August 12, 2017
In opposition to the hatred and violence going on in this country let’s go out of our way to do something nice for a complete stranger today
— Kelly Hu (@KellyHu) August 12, 2017
“When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” Someone shared this quote w/ me today.
— Ki Hong Lee (@kihonglee) August 13, 2017
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 13, 2017
Heather was the resistance, she was a TRUE patriot. Rest in paradise. You fought, and we will keeping fighting like you’re right here w/ us. pic.twitter.com/KNK0GA3enr
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) August 13, 2017
“All right, Gaston, we’re here. Where is he?!” pic.twitter.com/bP5RsfUoGt
— BD WONG (@BD_WONG) August 13, 2017
#Charlottesville makes me sick…what world are we living in rn?!?
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) August 12, 2017
if you can’t see it now I don’t know what to tell you…
— steven yeun (@steveyeun) August 13, 2017
Their hate has been enabled. Their “cause” normalized. That is unacceptable & he needs to condemn that directly. .. feeling help/hopeless.
— philipwang (@philipwang) August 13, 2017
This film was made in 1943 to combat fascism. It is frighteningly relevant today. https://t.co/puH3UmLyZM
— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) August 14, 2017
“On many sides.”
Never forget that phrase.
Three words that protected violent bigotry.
“On many sides.”
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 12, 2017
— Nico Santos (@nicosantoscomic) August 12, 2017
Incredible to see all the photos/videos of the vigils around the country tonight. 💕
— KeikoAgena (@KeikoAgena) August 14, 2017
If only Kendall Jenner was there to stop that violence with a Pepsi.
— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) August 13, 2017
Muslims: THEY’RE ALL TERRORISTS
Mexicans: THEY’RE ALL RAPISTS
White Supremacists: THERE ARE MANY SIDES TO THIS.#Charlottesville
— Jenny Yang👲👲🏽🐉 (@jennyyangtv) August 12, 2017
Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments!