The Dobbs Ferry Diversity, Social Justice, and Social Action Page on Facebook stands in solidarity with the victims of last week’s heinous shooting in Atlanta — Soon Chung Park 박순정 (age 74), Hyun Jung Grant [김]현정 (age 51), Sun Cha Kim 김순자 (age 69), Yong Ae Yue 유용애 (age 63), Delaina Ashley Yaun (age 33), Paul Andre Michels (age 54), Xiaojie Tan 谭小洁 (age 49), Daoyou Feng 冯道友 (age 44), and others who lost their lives at the hands of a white supremacist.
Anti-Asian racism has increased during the pandemic and while there has been little media coverage of these incidents until recently, there were 3,800 documented incidents in the past year — most of which targeted women. Asian-Americans have endured a long history of discrimination in the U.S. since the 1800’s, when Chinese laborers were brought to the U.S. Simultaneously, the racist term “yellow peril” was invented to represent the fear white communities felt about the Chinese community dominating the workforce and shifting white American culture. There are several legislations that have historically contributed to the xenophobia and racism we see today, like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Also, we can not ignore the long history of hypersexualization of Asian women throughout American history. Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) understand that racism is often connected to other forms of oppression like sexism, xenophobia, and classism, and therefore requires solidarity across identities. It is the only way we can address the root, white supremacy.
In that spirit, the Dobbs Ferry Diversity, Social Justice, and Social Action Page was founded on multiracial allyship and community organization. We believe that in order to eliminate oppression, we need to be more than kind. We need to actively dismantle systems of oppression. For those who are curious about how they can be an ally to various communities, the first step is remembering that allyship is a verb and therefore, an action. First, acknowledge your privilege. Secondly, consider the types of power/resources you have access to and consider how to redirect some of those to marginalized communities. We recognize that this isn’t easy. However, if you share our goal to build an equitable world for our children, we must do the work — beginning with ourselves and in community.
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