The Asian American community says they are hurt, angered and confused after several Asian women were murdered in Atlanta. They say now is the time to speak up.
SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: We saw hundreds of people marching in Chicago yesterday, speaking out about the same thing. CBS New's Meredith Barack joining us now with what happened in Atlanta and how it's pushed people to confront this issue.
MEREDITH BARACK: Suzanne, the Asian-American community says they're hurt, angered, and confused after several Asian women were murdered in Atlanta last week. They say now is the time to speak up.
- (CROWD CHANTING) This is what America looks like!
MEREDITH BARACK: This was the scene in Logan Square Saturday afternoon-- hundreds of people, just a small fraction of a national movement. It comes days after Robert Long admitted to murdering eight people, six of them Asian women, at spas in and near Atlanta, Georgia.
Investigators have not said the killings were racially-motivated, rather that Long saw spas as a source of temptation for a sex addiction he wanted to get rid of. Protesters we spoke to say the murders have not only made them emotional but have left them with several questions.
- We just need to stand up and say something.
- There's a lot of why-- like the questions behind it.
MEREDITH BARACK: A virtual vigil was also held Saturday by Illinois's Asian-American Caucus. During that, state lawmakers vowing to make changes as hate crimes continue to be on the rise. Reporting live from the streetside studio, I'm Meredith Barack, CBS 2 News.