So many of us are still reeling from the horrific violence perpetrated against six women of Asian descent last week. More troubling is that this is just an extreme example of the escalating hostility against Asian Americans exploding nationwide. But this is not a time to be satisfied with platitudes or symbolic gestures. As we seek solidarity and stand with our Asian brothers and sisters in this time of turmoil, we also acknowledge that there are real divisions that exist across our diverse communities.
White supremacy and racism are equal opportunity offenders -- we have all been infected by this virus. And too often it pits Black and Brown people against each other. This is intentional. Our aggregated strength is a fierce force, one that has been feared and actively worked against for decades.
In this week’s URL Newsletter, we hear from some of our partners about the work they’ve done to understand the anti-Asian violence that we’re witnessing, examining the connections to broader systems of racism, patriarchy, misogyny and hate. But most importantly we explore how we galvanize our collective strength, promote understanding and stand together to create a new movement to uplift, respect and love each other -- no matter what.
Scalawag talks ending white supremacy — and the role the media plays. When systemic oppression is talked about in the abstract, it is a way that people absolve themselves of the role they play within a white supremacist system. This includes the mostly white national media, where journalists fail to see how their past reporting on white supremacist violence enables the same violence to continue.
URL Media’s Simi Shah writes about what it’s like to be to be Asian and Atlantan right now. She and Randy Park — the son of one of the spa shooting victims Hyung Jung Kim — are the same age, 23.
photo: Nitin Mukul
Epicenter-NYC dives into why Asians face many barriers to receiving a Covid vaccine. The most vulnerable Asian-Americans are struggling to get vaccinated — restaurant workers have very limited free time, and so many essential workers are not yet eligible (spa/salon and laundromat workers, construction, retail), despite living in areas with the highest positivity rates. There’s also a dire need for language accessibility during the booking process and at vaccine sites.
What Asians want you to know. Epicenter-NYC published this article one day before the shootings in Atlanta. It’s more important than ever, and lists tangible ways we as a country can help advocate for the AAPI community.
WURD Radio had a candid conversation with progressive Philadelphia City Councilmember, Helen Gym, who talks about her experiences as an Asian American leader at this time of growing anti Asian violence.
Check out the 30-minute mark where TBN24 anchor Habib Rahman offers an impassioned U.S. history lesson in Bangla and English and asks our communities to unite. We asked him to translate what he had said: “I talked about how this is something that isn't new. It's something that's woven into the fabric of American society. I keep hearing this isn't America, history says otherwise. There's another framing of this topic that suggests Trump created it. That’s not true either, he tapped into it, he exploited it to maintain control of his base to give them somebody to be down on, the same way politicians have throughout most of American history. So how do we change it?”
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