Silence is not an option: we must speak out against the violence directed at Asian American society
Silence is not an option:
We must speak out against the violence against Asian American society
Sandra J. Evers-Manly, Chair
Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, Los Angeles, CA.
“Injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dear family and friends:
I am writing to you today with a deep sense of sadness, empathy and urgency. One that is filled with an all too familiar frustration that many of us in this country continue to find ourselves. The place where we who are believers in unity are never silent in our right to life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. Our right to a society that promotes the norms of human decency that disrupts racism, sexism, homophobia, violence and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice; replace them with inclusion and a culture of diversity that encourages sisterhood and brotherhood for all.
But today we hurt, we cry and are saddened by the senseless and sweeping acts of violence against Asian American society. An attack on one is an attack on all. We can not be silent. We must stand and be vigilant against the increasing violence that is strategically directed at our Asian American brothers and sisters.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 3,000 verbal and physical attacks have taken place. This has happened pretty much in the shadows so far. However, the attacks are becoming more obvious and frequent and now against the elderly. BUT NOT ANYMORE! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. The violence against Asian American communities throughout this nation is wrong and must stop. We cannot remain silent and must raise our voice against this injustice.
Unfortunately, as African Americans, we have a long history and a deep understanding of the impact of violence, abuse, and injustice. Both verbally and physically. Generational and organizational effects of such sustained campaigns are still being addressed to this day. As a human rights issue, NO ONE should ever be terrorized in their daily lives, especially in their home country.
“Anyone living in the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its borders.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I ask us to raise our voices and not remain silent. As a community, we are all interconnected. What affects one affects the other. Whether it’s Los Angeles or New York. As Dr. King noted,
“We are trapped in an inevitable network of reciprocity, bound in a single destiny dress. Whatever affects one directly, it affects everyone indirectly. ”
We can never afford to keep quiet. We must participate in each other’s fight for justice. Like others participated in the demonstrations for senseless and unjust killings of those like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others, as well as the ongoing police violence we have seen in African American society; we must come together and take our stand in solidarity with Asian American society collectively and visibly. We must demand an end to this violence in all our institutions and to the highest levels of government in our country.
We must stop violence, stop hatred, share love and respect.
SILENCE IS NOT AN OPPORTUNITY!
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