No more

 

 

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From artist Monyee Chau at chinesebornamerican.com

While watching the horrible video of George Floyd’s “arrest” on the news, I couldn’t help but also try to get in the mindset of the Asian officer Tou Thao, watching everything unfold in front of him. He seemed silent, looking around, at times watching with the detachment of a bystander who just happened to stumble upon the scene while out buying milk. He looked like the very illustration of a man who was just looking to get on with his day. This, to me, embodied the attitude of the Asian community as a whole. “Not our fight,” they said. “I just work here.” “Go along to get along.” “I’m just here doing my own thing.” “Don’t make waves so we can make money.”

I’m not talking about the Asian activists who are out there fighting against police brutality and racial injustice. They are awesome and far braver than I. But too many of us Asians have been sheltered, shielded literally by black and brown communities from a barrage of overt aggressions. These aggressions hit us sometimes — “Go back to your country!” “You guys are dirty and disgusting!” “Apologize for coronavirus!”(not linking to Fox News) — but are often expressed as microaggressions instead of outright hostility. As a result, Asians often bend over backwards trying to explain to white people that “we aren’t those kinds of Asians that you don’t like, whomever they may be” or taking on all of the burden to make white people like us.

Many of us, including me, have been silent for too long for fear of alienating our white allies. We can’t do that anymore. For my fellow Asians who align against the Black Lives Matter movement, please take a good look in the mirror, and I mean that literally. What do you think the man whom you support sees?

I pledge to do better. I hope my fellow Asians do the same.

That said, I just can’t with this right now. It’s too much of an easy dunk. This is from @Bangkokfoodieofficial’s Facebook page.

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Look, most of Thailand has no idea about race relations in the U.S. And they clearly have their own issues with colorism.  But at the very least, I hope this company donates some of their proceeds to the Black Lives Matter movement that they are championing here.

 

 

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  1. Drew Mallin

    “Not our fight!” ” Not our business, eh? An attitude problem, for sure, but not just the “embodiment” of the Asian community per se. Put the Occidental community to the test and you’ll find alarmingly similar displays of inhumanity. Dateline London 1985 and I’ve just emerged into the street. It’s 8.00 am and I’m off to work in my brand new car. I go to unlock the door, my bunch of electric keys in hand, but find it’s already occupied. Someone is in the front seat trying to jemmy out my radio. Well, I grabbed the blighter, for he’s half my size and one-third my weight. Are you mad? I wouldn’t have touched him otherwise. We grapple on the pavement, just outside my flat and a handy parade of shops, except I could do with a helping hand right now. Fast forward a few nano-seconds and I become aware of a witch’s broom working its way around our writhing bodies on the floor, for it’s the Local Authority road sweeper, doing his morning rounds, quite unmoved by the kerfuffle going on right in front of him. The show must go on; the pavements are to be swept clean. Civic pride must be upheld. I call out to our super diligent road sweeper, “Help, help! Go and call the police from the shop behind you.” But our street wallah didn’t break sweat, didn’t so much as interrupt the majestic sweep of his sweep for an iota, except to tell me, “It’s not my business, gov” and promptly resumed the sweep of his sweep in a perfect circle around us. .

  2. Well done, glad you spoke up.

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