I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear.

Nina Simone

This past week has yet again left many from Asian communities in America, particularly Atlanta and San Francisco, reeling, not unlike those from Black communities who’ve had to live with under the crushing weight of xenophobia, racism, and fear for decades.

More often than not, I tend to stay quiet in these tragic moments; not because I’m not invested — because whether we want to admit or not, we all have skin in the game, but rather out of respect for the voices who need space to be heard. But I will say this: no one should live in fear. No person or group should be saddled with the baggage people in these communities carry. No one should live in fear. There is no place for hate here.