Silence is not an option: We must speak out against targeted violence to the Asian American community
Silence is not an option:
We must speak out against violence targeting the Asian community
Sandra J. Evers-Manly, President
Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, Los Angeles, CA.
“Injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther KJ, Jr.
Dear family and friends:
I am writing to you today with a deep sense of grief, empathy, and urgency. There is a very familiar frustration that many of us in this country are finding themselves in. The place where we believe in unity is never silent in our search for the rights, freedoms and happiness of life. Our right to a society that promotes the standards of human civilization, which opposes racism, sexism, homosexuality, violence and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice; Changing with a culture of inclusion and diversity encourages brotherhood and fraternity for all.
However, today we are saddened, lamented, and saddened by the senseless and cowardly violence against the Asian American community. An attack on one is an attack on all. We can’t keep quiet. Against the rising tide of violence, we must stand up for our Asian American brothers and sisters and be vigilant.
Since the onset of the epidemic, there have been more than 3,000 verbal and physical attacks. This has been largely in the shadows so far. However, the attacks are becoming more pronounced and frequent and now against the elderly. But now nothing! It is very difficult. Violence against Asian American communities across the country is wrong and must be stopped. We cannot remain silent and it is important to speak out against this injustice.
Unfortunately, as African Americans, we have a long history and a deep understanding of the effects of violence, abuse, and injustice. Both verbal and physical. The generational and organizational impact of such ongoing campaigns is still being dealt with. As a human rights issue, no one should be afraid of anything in their daily lives, especially in their country.
“Anyone who lives inside the United States cannot be considered an outsider anywhere within its borders.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I beg you to raise our voice and do not be silent. As a community we are all interconnected. Does it affect one another? This is Los Angeles or New York. Dr. As the king said,
“We are trapped in an inevitable network of destiny, bound in a single cloth of destiny. Whoever is affected directly, all indirectly. “
We cannot remain silent. We must fight each other for justice. Just as others took part in demonstrations for the senseless and unjust killing of George Flood, Brenno Taylor and many others, as well as the ongoing police violence, we have seen in the African American community; We must come together and stand in collective and visible unity with the Asian American community. We must demand an end to violence in all our institutions and at the highest levels of government in our country.
We must stop violence, stop hatred, share love and respect.
Silence is not an option!