Asian Americans Pen Open Letter Supporting Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter is noticeably more prominent of an issue than it ever has been and with that comes an even larger discussion. Instead of being viewed as a two-sides issue, mostly between black citizens and police officers, it’s now reaching new audiences among a variety of people of color.
Asian American activists, in particular, saw this as an opportunity to reach out to other members of their community to explain what exactly Black Lives Matter is trying to achieve and why it deserves their support.
To do so, many of them came together following a public call-to-action from Christina Xu to compose a letter doing just that that would be translated into multiple languages and given to their relatives, especially those from older generations that have a history of sometimes being anti-black.
According to NBC, Xu wanted to be proactive and prevent another instance like when Peter Liang was on trial for killing Akai Gurley and the Asian community was split concerning his sentencing.
The letter was written in a Google Doc after multiple people came together to pick the right phrasing and make other technical choices before beginning the process of translating it into multiple dialects and languages as well as producing video and audio renditions.
The letter is more than two pages in length and entitled “Dear Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie: Black Lives Matter To Us, Too.” It goes on to mention how an unwarranted attack on a civilian by those meant to protect them are an attack on us all and, unfortunately, a large number of those fallen victims are black.
The letter opens very directly.
“You may not have grown up around people who are Black, but I have. Black people are a fundamental part of my life: they are my friends, my classmates and teammates, my roommates, my family. Today, I’m scared for them.
This year, the American police have already killed more than 500 people. Of those, 25% have been Black, even though Black people make up only 13% of the population. Earlier this week in Louisiana, two White police officers killed a Black man named Alton Sterling while he sold CDs on the street. The very next day in Minnesota, a police officer shot and killed a Black man named Philando Castile in his car during a traffic stop while his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter looked on. Overwhelmingly, the police do not face any consequences for ending these lives.”
Hopefully the letter will succeed in getting the message across to more people, especially if it’s coming from their loved ones, and the Black Lives Matter movement will be even stronger as a result.
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