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5 Simple yet Effective ways Asians can support Black Lives Matter

5 Simple yet Effective ways Asians can support Black Lives Matter

Madeleine Monkman

Amidst all the chaos that has erupted from the inhumane police brutality towards African Americans, here are 5 ways Asians, as well as others, can do to support BLM.

Asian Americans have historically supported black power. Recently, however, the newer generations seem to not understand the recent BLM movement. Here are some suggestions to help better you as an ally.

Recognize Your Privilege

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A lot of Asian Americans feel that the BLM movement is just a bunch of bellyaching. I’ve personally heard a lot of comments such as “Well I’ve experienced racism and I’m not complaining.” What us Asian Americans need to recognize is that BLM doesn’t undermine any of our experiences as minorities.

Asian Americans have worked insanely hard to get to the economic standpoint we’re at today, and nothing can take away from us. However, we do need to understand that for the 200 years we’ve worked, black citizens have worked twice as long with none of the progress.

There’s a concept called the model minority myth, you may have heard of it. I suggest reading the NPR article which goes into a more in-depth discussion about the racial divide between black people and Asian Americans. The model minority myth allows Asian Americans to reap the benefits of a broken system.

The white government tried to use Asian American successes as proof there wasn’t racism or inequity in the US. They were selective about which Asian immigrants were let into the country, only the rich and the educated. Compared to black people who were crushed under systematic dehumanization, Asian immigrants were able to build up slowly over the years.

Asian Americans have dealt with racism, however, we have never had to deal with the same lack of respect that black people have dealt with. We’ve been lifted up by the white system, and it’s our turn to stand by our fellow POC and bring them up with us.

Reflect

Reflecting

Over the past few months, I’ve been asking myself some questions like “What have you done or said that’s harmful to the Black community?”, “How can I be actively anti-racist?”. It’s important as an ally to reflect on your behavior, and be aware of your behavior.  As an Asian American, I’ve seen a lot of colorism in our community.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Create empathy, use their history and connect it to current events. Use statistics and know your facts, don’t be afraid to voice your opinions as long as they’re respectful. Make sure you’re amplifying black voices, not speaking over them.

Hold Your Officials Accountable

Hold Your Officials Accountable

If you want to help contribute, a good way to do so is contacting your officials. There are templates online that you can use (click here for link). Be sure to contact not only your government officials, but the state government, local government, workplace, and schools. Change starts at the local level.

Educate Yourself Actively

Always be looking for ways to learn more about BLM and black struggles. Click here to find a list of educational articles. Try to learn something new each day. Never assume you know everything about BLM, always be open to new ideas and new information.

Shop Black-Owned Businesses

Black Business

Click here for the link to a list of 100 black-owned businesses you can support. Shopping black-owned businesses help close the racial wealth gap and brings black representation into the economy.

Watch an interview on BLM with Raheemat Sofola!

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

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Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

Colorism is the belief that darker skin signifies poverty. This is obviously harmful and causes a lot of prejudice in the Asian community towards black people. We need to deconstruct, rethink, and renovate our thinking. Deconstruction can begin with your thinking, along with your family’s. Talking with your family, especially your parents, about racism and their beliefs can be difficult. Start by being respectful, remember they were raised in a different environment.

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