Biden orders American flags at all US buildings around the world to be flown at half-staff after Atlanta massage parlor shooting – an action usually reserved for government or military honors
- Eight people were killed on Tuesday night; six were women of Asian descent
- The American flags will fly at half-staff until sunset on Monday, March 22
- Flying the flags at half-staff is usually reserved for government or military honors
President Joe Biden ordered American flags at U.S. buildings around the world to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the Atlanta massage parlor shootings – an action usually reserved for government or military honors.
The flag is typically flown at half-staff to honor political or military figures of the United States who recently died.
For instance, the flag is flown at half-staff for the first part of every Memorial Day.
Biden made the proclamation on Thursday afternoon, two days after the violence in Atlanta.
Eight people were killed at three different massage parlors in the area, the worst mass killing in the United States in almost two years.
Six of the eight victims in the killing were women of Asian descent, sparking further fears for an Asian-American community already seeing an increase in racial violence.
The flag at the White House is flying half-staff in honor of the Atlanta murder victims
The gunman charged in the incident, Robert Aaron Long, has claimed that he was not racially motivated to commit the killings, instead pointing to a sex addiction.
Nevertheless, investigators in the state are not ready to rule out the killings being classified as hate crimes.
Three women and a man were killed at Young’s Asian Massage, before four more women were killed at separate spas.
Biden’s order will have the White House, federal buildings, and military posts around the country fly the flag at half-staff.
The same holds true for American bases and embassies overseas and around the world.
The American flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on March 22, which will mark six days since the attacks.
According to the Associated Press, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are set to meet with Asian American leaders in the Atlanta community on Friday.
Originally, they were set to go to Atlanta to talk about the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill.
Joe Biden ordered flags fly at half-staff in honor of the eight victims until sunset on Monday
Investigators for the case believe Long visited two of the massage parlors where four of the women were killed.
Long waived the right he had to an initial hearing in Cherokee County Magistrate Court.
Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would speed up the review of hate crimes linked to COVID-19, as well as provide support on the ground for local authorities in those cases.
China has been pointed to as the source of the novel coronavirus by many, with former president Donald Trump calling it the ‘China virus.’
This inflammatory labeling may be the spark for new acts of violence against the Asian-American population in the United States.
Pictured: A spa in Atlanta, one of three where the victims were killed on Tuesday night
Research from Stop AAPI Hate reveals there have been nearly 3,800 incidents against Asian-Americans since March 19, 2020, with 68 percent of those incidents happening against women.
While 68 percent of the incidents were considered to be verbal harassment, 11 percent were physical assaults.
CNN reports 24 incidents against Asian-Americans in 2020 (out of 29) in New York City had the coronavirus as a motivating factor.
In recent weeks, 87-year-old Vichar Ratanapakdee, an immigrant from Thailand, was killed in an act his family has deemed racially motivated.
Denny Kim, 27, was beat in Los Angeles’ Koreatown as his assailants accused him of having the ‘Chinese virus.’