As rallies were held nationwide to call out hate against Asian Americans in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at Atlanta spas, protesters in Sacramento gathered at Southside Park in support of the movement.
MARLEE GINTER: Now, a call for unity and a cry to stop the hate. Protesters making their way through several communities today, rallies held in Sacramento and the Bay Area. It comes amid the recent spike in hate crimes against Asians. We talked with several protesters today, some coming out to show their support, others saying they've waited long enough and it's time to be heard.
Making noise in hopes to make a difference.
TERESA SALE: We can't just be angry, right. We have to step out and say, no, we're not going to tolerate this. That's where I am.
MARLEE GINTER: Teresa Sale, fed up with hate crimes and violence spurred by racism. For Sale, it gets personal and hits too close to home. As a mother of Black children, I understand what it means to feel endangered every time my children walk out the door. And so it makes me feel angry, but it makes me feel like we have to do something.
MARLEE GINTER: A caravan of protesters rolled through Sacramento, sending their message loud and clear, with signs like, Hate is a Virus, Unite Now Against Racist Violence.
KERRY SHAW: I couldn't just sit home because it's-- You know, I have friends, and seeing other communities being subjected to this abuse is just not right to ignore it. Kerry Shaw, proud to hold her sign, Stop Asian Hate, adopted from South Korea and raised by a white family, inclusion is her foundation and sits at the core of this protest where people of all backgrounds stepped up to show their support.
VINCENT ORTIZ: My background is Hispanic and part Asian as well, so I'm supporting for those reasons, but at the same time I'm also here just because I feel like this stuff needs to be brought more to the forefront.
KERRY SHAW: I'm just so glad that Asians actually are finally getting a voice after all these years, and decades and decades of being assaulted and harassed and being silenced about it. [MUTED] --says nearly 4,000 Asians have reported hate crimes in the last year. That's even as some say many go unreported.