Afro-Chinese Jamaican poet and activist Staceyann Chin writes that all oppression is connected. It seems par for the course that the violence towards members of the Asian community has culminated with the senseless and depraved murders of eight Americans, six of whom are of Asian ancestry and seven of whom were women-identified. As an organization who supports young people living at the intersections of gender, race, and class-based oppression, it is not lost on us that the identities of those who were cruelly and unjustly killed are people who, despite the gains we’ve made as a society, routinely experience subjugation and marginalization. More than ever before, our work is aimed to #EndWhiteSupremacy once and for all.
As we mentioned in our previous call to actions about the increased racialized violence toward both Asian and Black communities, we see the path forward as one with increased investments in education, social services, and healthcare, not policing. We know that rhetoric and policy agendas are directly correlated to the cultural zeitgeist, so we urge all elected officials—both local and national—to commit to funding initiatives that will move us toward a more accepting, affirming, and inclusive climate.
We hold the eight victims and their families in our hearts and in our light. Please visit the article below to find out ways you can support the many AAPI communities here in NYC.
(Photo: Rosabelle Pong)