By Alicia Victoria Lozano / nbcnews
People across the U.S. participated in rallies Saturday to condemn attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders after the shooting rampage in Atlanta that left eight people dead.
From San Francisco to Pittsburgh and points in between, men, women and children marched and spoke out against the surge in hate crimes on members of the AAPI community, which came to a head Tuesday when a shooter targeted three Atlanta-area spas. Six of those killed were women of Asian descent.
“I’ve dealt with words and looks and stuff my whole life,” Ann Johns told NBC News at an Atlanta rally. “My family doesn’t want me to go anywhere by myself.”
In San Antonio, Texas, former Mayor Juliàn Castro told demonstrators the United States has an “imperfect” history that warrants examining.