How educators are fighting anti-Asian racism with critical thinking and inclusive social studies

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When Mary Reid first heard about the mass shooting at three Atlanta massage parlours earlier this month, she felt heartbroken about the killing of eight people, six of whom were Asian women. However, when the education professor tuned into coverage of the police briefing following the arrest of the suspect, that feeling turned to rage. “The words they used really put a spotlight on the killer and it devalued the victims’ lives. The police talked about the killer having a ‘bad day,’ that the killer was ‘at the end of his rope.’… Police went on to say that he ‘eliminated’ these locations because they were temptations for his sex addiction. As an educator, it’s so important that we teach students to be critical,” Reid said.

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