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After a rally featuring speeches on fighting anti-Asian and anti-Black racism together, the thousand-plus protesters marched down Broadway. This is what community looks like! But it quickly became one of several shows of Black and Asian solidarity following the Atlanta-area shootings, as people banded together over a common goal: dismantling white supremacy.
Shortly after the attacks, the official Black Lives Matter issued a statement denouncing attacks against Asian Americans. The history of Black and Asian relations in the U. Anti-Black racism has existed in the Asian community, and anti-Asian racism has existed in the Black community. The recent actions of solidarity come at a pivotal moment as calls for improving the security and safety of elder Asian Americans have sparked concerns about the next course of action.
This dynamic of communities of color being pitted against one another is front of mind for many amid the rise in anti-Asian violence over the last year and has sparked a variety of initiatives aimed at building cross-racial unity. The class was a fundraiser that would promote Black and Asian solidarity. Black filmmaker and activist Coffey, who goes by his last name, founded Running to Protest in June following the murder of George Floyd. The movement has organized monthly runs in New York City dedicated to a range of causes, from raising awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women to honoring Ahmaud Arbery in February, a year after he was killed in Georgia.
For the most recent one, Coffey along with his protest partner Power Malu had worked with fashion deers Dao-Yi Chow, Prabal Gurung and Phillip Lim to organize a rally focused on addressing the surge in anti-Asian violence in the U. Statements from police in Georgia following the attacks prompted widespread criticism. The rally included a moment of silence for the eight victims. Chow read aloud each of their names: Daoyou Feng.
Hyun Jung Grant. Suncha Kim. Paul Andre Michels. Soon Chung Park. Xiaojie Tan. Delaina Ashley Yaun. Yong Ae Yue. Chow, who has known Coffey for about two decades, participated in multiple Running to Protest rallies before co-organizing the most recent one. Chow says the model minority myth —based on the stereotype that Asian Americans are hard working, law-abiding individuals and the false perception that such qualities have led to their success over other racial groups—has played a ificant role in creating a wedge between Asian Americans and other BIPOC communities.
He says that among the earlier generation of Asian Americans who immigrated to the U. According to the sociologist and writer Tamara K. Nopper, who has studied Black-Asian solidarity and Black-Asian conflict for almost two decades, discussions over strengthening relations between the two communities often follow a similar pattern. While such examples are essential for better understanding the history of Black-Asian solidarity, Nopper suggests they do not paint the full picture.
It is not the norm. Right now, Nopper says, that means looking at and openly addressing power relations between Black and Asian communities. She explains that a of societal structures exist with the intention of trying to punish Black people—from the history of policing in the U. We do. There are. The approach of showing up to fight for the liberties of all marginalized groups must happen consistently for change to take effect, Gurung says.
at letters time. A large crowd of people came together to show their support for the Asian community after the spa killings that occurred recently in Atlanta. By Kat Moon. People march through a neighborhood to protest against anti-Asian violence on March 18 in Minneapolis. A mourner at a makeshift memorial for the victims of a shooting at Gold Spa in Acworth, Ga. A photo by Malcolm X's close associate Earl Grant shows Yuri Kochiyama above left, in glasses cradling the fatally wounded human rights activist's head at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, Feb.
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