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Saweetie speaks out against rise in anti-Asian hate crimes: “You have to unlearn the hate”

Blair Caldwell

Rapper Saweetie is troubled by the increasing violence against Asian Americans.

The “My Type” artist, who is Black on her father’s side and Filipina-Chinese on her mother’s side, said in a new interview with TMZ that Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month serves a greater importance and purpose in light of what has been happening across the nation.

“It’s important that everyone feels safe and there is equality amongst everyone,” said Saweetie, explaining that the conversations in her household have shifted to discuss the alarming attacks that have increased in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the 27-year-old rapper admits that the violence is hitting close to home, adding, “The video of the older Asian woman getting beat down?  Like, that could have been my grandmother and when my grandmother — my mom’s mom — sees that, she’s scared.”

“We all are human.  We all have the same blood and we should all feel comfortable and safe and protected by walking down the street,” Saweetie declared.

As for how to stop the rising discrimination against Asian Americans, as evidenced by recent data released by Stop AAPI Hate, the “Best Friend” rapper marked the importance of educating hate.

“I think people are raised with hate in their households. Fortunately, for me, I was raised in love,” she said. “They have to unlearn the hate that was taught to them and that was condoned.”

Saweetie also touched upon the importance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, adding, “I think the more we talk about it, the more events we have and the more we strive to raise awareness, we can slowly start to undo those strings of hate.”

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