Hey there! I'm Vivian. Sometimes I write about life and sometimes I write about teaching.

I woke up this morning to an outpouring of rage and sadness as I scrolled through my Twitter feed. Another crime against Asian Americans, this one more violent than the rest. As of this writing authorities haven’t labeled this a hate crime, but it’s hard to think it’s anything other than that: it was Asian businesses that were targeted and six of the eight people killed were Asian women. Unlike others, who are able to share their feelings and thoughts so eloquently in these moments, I’m at a loss. All I can say is I’m angry. I’m sad. I’m scared.

  1. Rita K. says:

    This is beyond shocking and sick. It’s time like this that I can only shake my head and wonder what is the world coming to. My prayers for you and yours.

  2. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    This is terrible, as if the virus is not enough.

  3. I’m just catching the shock because I haven’t tuned into the news. The hate is real. Official confirmation becomes a formality when the damage is done. Over and over again. I grieve with you.

  4. WOWilkinson says:

    It is horrible. I want to stand with you in this dark time.

  5. arjeha says:

    I keep wondering what has become of this world. Where are we headed? It can’t be anyplace good if this trend continues. We should all be outraged.

  6. Wowilkinson said it best. We stand by you.

  7. I’m so sorry. I am so, so sorry. I am outraged and sad and scared. This is our country right now. It is hard to even write those words. I grieve alongside you. Sending strength and love.

  8. BudaMusicJJH says:

    I was hesitant to write a comment because there is so much that I want to say, but I struggle to find the words (if any) to heal your pain. You are not alone in your anger, sadness, and fear. So many stand beside you to lift you up and give you strength during this time. This homegrown terrorism must end. Hate crimes must end. Racism must end. My thoughts are with you and the victim’s families.

  9. amyilene says:

    You are not alone in your loss, of words and of light. At this moment, you do not need the words….we will stand for you until you can stand alongside us again. Together is how we get through the hate. Together is how we get through the sad and the scared. You are not alone.

  10. I think you said it all. I am so sorry. So many kids I worked with today heard the news and were ready to talk about it. Even young kids. We need to name it for kids so they stand up against. Thank you for using this space for us to connect – you are not alone.

  11. I am so saddened by these hate crimes. One of my daughters was adopted from China and I worry about her being away at college. I know I need to talk to her and my other daughters about this and I hate that I have to do so.

  12. I have no words. I learned of this senseless act from a friend’s post. My first thought was of my dear sweet Asian American nieces. It’s time for all the hate to stop.

  13. cmargocs says:

    There is little that can be said about such egregious violence. I have typed, and erased, phrases that sound too trite…Sorry and angry and worried here, too.

  14. Anna Maria says:

    As many others have said this was senseless. Racism is alive and well here in the US. There’s no other word for it and no excuse for it. You are not alone in feeling angry, sad, and scared. So am I.

  15. >Unlike others, who are able to share their feelings and thoughts so eloquently in these moments, I’m at a loss. All I can say is I’m angry. I’m sad. I’m scared.<

    You've said all you need to say. As others have already said, there is not excuse for it, period.

    When will we learn? Will we ever learn?

  16. Lainie Levin says:

    It’s so much to carry. And words. Words are good from time to time, but sometimes, only justice will do justice. Here’s hoping for more of it.

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