Asian Americans are experiencing increased anti-Asian violence and racial prejudice during the Coronavirus epidemic. Many feel invisibilized. Residents and businesses in Chinatown have especially suffered from racial discrimination. We want to support elders in our communities!
Simultaneously, Black Americans are suffering from police violence, and disproportionate health and economic impact due to COVID-19. People are rising up all over the country to demand justice for victims of racist police violence, like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Jacob Blake. We also want justice for Yang Song and Akai Gurley.
Due to fear of rising hate crimes, many Asian Americans are calling for more police protection, during a time of nation-wide Black Lives Matter protests that support defunding the police. Some of the language in our communities are very anti-Black. Many support the creation of a Hate Crimes Task Force in the NYPD.
Asian Americans supporting Black Lives Matter do not want increased funding or support for policing or the prison system in the name of protecting Asian Americans.
We recognize the long history of shared struggle between Black and Asian communities, and we want to come together, to talk about ways of building safety, economic security, and mutual trust between communities without resorting to more policing.
We want to support local residents and businesses in Chinatown, while also supporting the following organizations that have been providing for the community during the pandemic:
Introduction by Jess, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou & Assemblymember Ron Kim,
and Grace from Send Chinatown Love