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MISSOULA — Preliminary findings from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism show that hate crimes dropped 6% nationwide in 2020 — but anti-Asian hate crimes surged 145%.

After the killing of eight people in Atlanta-area massage parlors last week – six of whom were Asian women — the discrimination and hate towards Asian-Americans can’t be ignored — even states away in Montana.

A spike in Asian-American hate crimes comes as no surprise to Kim.

While an incident like the Atlanta shootings might have occurred in a big city — states away, the effects trickle down into communities like Missoula.

Racial injustice won’t be solved overnight, but on behalf of EmpowerMT, Kim recommends starting a conversation about the injustice, looking at situations from a different perspective, and examining who our leaders are and what they stand for.

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