We stand in solidarity with the black community and will speak up for our Black and Brown brothers and sisters.
What is Black Lives Matter?
Black Lives Matter is an international human rights movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.
Why not All Lives Matter? The black community is disproportionately affected by: mass incarceration, income inequality, workplace discrimination, climate change, gentrification of their neighborhoods, police brutality, coronavirus deaths, and many more societal and political inequities. This is because historically, the American judicial and political systems were founded with the objective of discriminating against certain people based on skin color. In order to achieve equity for this community, we must acknowledge and take action on the idea that Black Lives do indeed Matter, despite this country’s systems that disproportionately discriminate against the black community. So, until Black Lives Matter in practice in America, it is inaccurate and unjust to say that all lives matter.
The Problem: Anti-Blackness in the Asian Community
Anti-blackness has been pervasive in the Asian and Asian-American communities for decades due to white supremacy. As referenced in a Brown University article on Asian American antiblackness, in the years following the Civil War, Asian immigrant workers in white-owned plantations were considered the better laborer because they were more docile and obedient than black laborers. This created a sense of competition between racial minorities; it was fueled by the idea that the race which best supported white supremacy would be the most “preferred” race to work with and reward. This paradigm has continued through American history to this day.
Below we’ve identified the major symptoms of white supremacy and anti-blackness within Asian American communities. This list is a summary of examples listed in this Medium article on ways the Asian community perpetuates anti-blackness.
The Actions: Anti-Racism in the Asian Community
Asian Americans can engage in a variety of actions, non-actions, and self-reflection to fight anti-blackness and transition to active anti-racism. Below are just a few:
Resources & Tools
Understanding Black Lives Matter
如何理解 Black Lives Matters？暴動是不被傾聽者的語言 (陳啟睿&周永康)
The New York Times: 1619
History of the Asian and Black Relationship, and the Model Minority Myth
Brown University: Asian Americans and the Legacy of Antiblackness
NBC News: Officer who stood by as George Floyd died highlights complex Asian American, black relations
Black Desi Secret History: The Secret History of South Asian and African American Solidarity
Medium: 30+ Ways Asians Perpetuate Anti-Black Racism Everyday
Taking Action: How to be Anti-Racist
Everyday Feminist: 6 Ways Asian Americans Can Tackle Anti-Black Racism in Their Families
Medium: 20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now
To Speak a Song: Strategies for South Asians to bring #BlackLivesMatter Home
It Starts at Home: Confronting Anti-Blackness in South Asian Communities
South Asians for Black Lives Matter
取代報警的12個策略 / 取代报警的12个策略
Asian American Expression and Support for Black Lives
18 Million Rising Letter
Medium: Letters for Black Lives
Chinese American: A Letter from a Yale student to the Chinese American Community
National Organizations You Can Donate To
If you have the means to donate, please consider donating to these organizations:
Campaign Zero is working to change police policy through data-driven research and calls to action.
Black Lives Matter is at the forefront of the movement, working to bring justice and freedom to the Black community.
NAACP is working “to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
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