I always try to keep these posts focused on what's going on with the comic progress, but every now and then it's appropriate to stop and talk about what's going on in the world.
Let's stop Asian hate together
The shootings in Atlanta reminded many of us to talk about what has been boiling for some time now. More and more, people of AAPI backgrounds are finding themselves being harassed, attacked, or killed. This can stem from a lot of things, from stereotypes related to COVID-19 or, like in Atlanta, a culture of hyper-sexualizing the AAPI experience. Neither are a valid excuse for these actions.
Like we did for Black lives, we all need to support Asian and AAPI communities and fight against the violence they're experiencing. I wish I could say that this was happening only in specific places, but even areas close to me, I've heard reports of hate towards AAPI people. We can't expect this to end without coming together.
Let's talk about gun violence too
We need to chat about gun violence too. There have been too many active shooters and too many lives lost. We're doing active shooter trainings, talking about mental illness, and morning our lost, but it still seems that the mass shooting doesn't stop. I'm not proposing to have the answers, but I won't let being silent be part of the problem.
Our comic, The Shadow Agency, has a character that can create guns with a thought. My goal with the comic has never been to glorify guns, but to really show what they require: responsibility. Liam could create and use something lethal to kill but there are so many other options he could choose instead. There are so many other options that people have other than to shoot and kill masses of people and if we can do something to prevent those deaths, we should.
Be the change you wish To see
This world is full of problems, but we as a people can thrive if we become the change that we wish to see in this world. Don't just hope for better times, be the catalyst for better times. You can stop hate and violence, but it starts right where you are in your sphere of influence. Push for change where you are to make the world a better place for all.