After 27 years growing up in the U.S., Liz Lenivy this week said she felt fear for her family’s safety.
“Up until last year I have never truly felt unsafe living in the United States,” said Lenivy, an attorney who came to the U.S. at age 3 from Korea, with her mother.
Four of the women killed in the Atlanta area were of Korean descent — “women who fit the same description as my mother, who, for the first time in the 27 years we have lived here, told me she feels afraid to leave her house,” Lenivy said.
Alderman Brett Narayan, D-24th Ward, said he plans to introduce a resolution in the Board of Aldermen condemning the rise in hate and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the use of racist rhetoric like “China virus.”
“Our words drive our thoughts, and our thoughts drive our actions, and our actions have consequences,” said Narayan, whose father immigrated to the U.S. from India.
“Sadly, some of these derogatory statements are coming out of the halls of government power, whether it be city halls like this one, our statehouses, the halls of Congress or even the White House itself,” Narayan said Friday. “Now, after more than a year of this rhetoric, there is a body count associated with it. People are living in fear because of it.”