Several hundred demonstrators representing a diverse array of backgrounds came together in Logan Square Saturday afternoon to march through the Northwest Side neighborhood while demanding an end to racism and violence against people of Asian descent.
The marchers, who carried signs reading “Stop Hate” and “Enough is Enough” gathered at Illinois Centennial Monument in Logan Square to share their experiences and voice their frustrations after last week’s shootings at three spas in the Atlanta, Georgia area that left eight dead, including six women of Asian descent.
The march was organized using social media and the hashtag #StopAsianHate by Min Wang and two international students from China, Kiran Li and Jen Chan. Speakers at the rally included Tuan Huynh, a refugee from Vietnam, and Qiong Chen, a teacher of Westinghouse College Prep in Humboldt Park, who shared their concerns about racially motivated attacks against Asians across the country.
“The pandemic changed everything,” said one marcher, Lilly Wang, who has lived in the United States since 1988.
Wang said she believed American officials who blamed China for the coronavirus were partly responsible for the recent hostile atmosphere against people of Asian descent.