Was the Atlanta Shooting Racist?

And are the killer’s motives relevant?

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The shootings in Atlanta have been interpreted by many as another instance of anti-Asian violence sparked by racism and white supremacy, even though the shooter stated that his motives were of a different kind. Trevor Noah, for instance, stated the following in response to the killer’s confession: “You killed six Asian people. Specifically…