In the last year, authorities have documented hundreds of incidents of hatred and racism towards Asian people across the country. The incidents range from spitting to shoving, an action that, in San Francisco, led to the death of an 84-year-old Thai-American man.
The assaults have brought conversations back to the table about Asian American neighborhood safety, privilege, solidarity and racism.
“That last element, activists say, devalues decades of coalition-building and alliance-building between the Asian-American and black communities,” the news network reported. NBC News.
Russell Jeung, a professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University and co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, told NBC that creating a racial divide between Asians and Afro-descendants will only further strengthen the white supremacy responsible for the violence that is taking place today. it lives.
“Racism in general against Asian Americans is another form of white supremacy. As Asian Americans dismantle racism directed at us as outsiders, we partner with African-Americans to dismantle the way they are racialized and oppressed, “Jeung wrote. of division to divide and conquer people of color instead of focusing on our unity and trying to dismantle the overall system. We need to dismantle white supremacy together. “
For this reason, a group of activists is working to educate about the history of hateful acts in the United States towards other races, with the aim of changing the narrative, understanding the different cultures that make life in the nation and that tolerance persists.
Alvina Wong, from the Asia Pacific Environmental Network, explains that it is important that the country tries to “learn history and learn about Asian-American histories and cultures, migration patterns of immigrants and refugees, and why we have an Asian population. in the United States to begin (…). From there, look at the history of solidarity and joint struggle between Asians and blacks … the era of civil rights and even the first joint labor movements. I think people could do their due diligence to find it and learn it. “
The current wave of racism towards Asian-American communities has recalled the constant struggle that African Americans have in the country, which has made both communities come together to create a solidarity alliance that strengthens the battle against apartheid.
“Mutual help is really beautiful because it really recognizes that if I have something I can give, someone in need can benefit and we can all be together in community,” Wong said. “Last year, through the pandemic, it was a great demonstration of how effective mutual aid is so effective, especially when our government does not take care of us or does not invest in us and the resources we need.”
Racism in pandemic
With the arrival of COVID-19, classified as a pandemic by the WHO on March 11, attacks on Asian-American communities were encouraged, which generated fear in these inhabitants. However, a group of volunteers in Oakland, California, have since volunteered to help fearful seniors and accompany them on walks and on errands in Chinatown.
Asian and African American influencers have raised more than $ 150,000 for advocacy groups in California serving various Asian American communities, from food delivery to legal aid. In New York, another group of activists filled the refrigerators of Manhattan’s Chinatown with food.
“Mutual aid, in essence, is really a form of political participation. It requires everyone to take responsibility for caring for one another. So you see a reciprocal exchange of resources and services, ”said Senti Sojwal of the Asian American Feminist Collective of New York, which launched its Black and Asian Feminist Solidarities project. “Mutual help is such a beautiful concept because it is so great.”
Last Tuesday, President Biden signed a series of executive orders with the intention of strengthening laws against racism, increasing the sovereignty of Native American tribes and eliminating the xenophobia that Asian Americans currently experience.
“I ran for president because I believe we are in a battle for the soul of this nation. And the simple truth is that our souls will be troubled as long as systemic racism is allowed to persist … it is corrosive and destructive, ”he said during a speech at the White House.
The entry Asian-American and African-American Communities Unite to Fight Racism was first published in El Tiempo Latino.