APACE demands Justice for George Floyd and Urges all Asian Americans to stand with the African American community – We want to be intentional in centering Black voices and Black organizers during this movement. Please find resources below that are centering their work. Please also find resources to talk to your families and friends from an AAPI perspective.
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We sent this letter to around 500 of our community members on Tuesday and decided to share it on social media as well. Words will never be enough and statements like these are insufficient and performative without action. We’ve included some action items that you can find in the link in our bio. Our letter: The recent murder of George Floyd by Minnesota law enforcement was an unconscionable act that demands the ongoing need for police accountability and the end of police brutality. One of the officers is Asian American and this cannot be overlooked–Asian Americans continue to be actively complicit in the anti-Black racism that results in the death of Black and Brown lives. When the Asian American community was targeted with anti-Asian racism during COVID-19, we were quickly reminded of our status as a perpetual foreigner. We cannot forget our history in the fight for civil rights and we must stand with our Black brothers, sisters, and siblings who fight for collective liberation. Asian American silence against white supremacy and anti-Blackness is violence. We must speak out against the Model Minority Myth, which has and is still used as a harmful wedge against other BIPOC communities. Without addressing the internalization of anti-Blackness and colorism within Asian American culture, there cannot be the collective liberation from the injustices of police brutality that we strive to achieve. We urge any person involved in physical protesting to take precautions in practicing social distancing and wear masks. Nonetheless, we stand with those demanding justice for George Floyd and with Black Lives Matter. We want to be intentional in centering Black voices and Black organizers during this movement. Please find resources below that are centering their work. Please also find resources to talk to your families and friends from an AAPI perspective.