In the wake of the heinous murders in Atlanta and a sharp uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes, historian Erika Lee delivered an incisive testimony to Congress.
Acts of racism and violence have been part of American history since its founding and they don’t just exist in the past. We can’t hope to heal from our past — or extinguish racist violence from our present — if we don’t address the problem at its core.
The last few weeks of protest, sparked by the murder of George Floyd and rising out of 400+ years of slavery, genocide, and other white supremacist and anti-Black violence, have shattered previous ideas of what we thought was possible.
It is urgent that we as Nikkei and Asian Americans recommit to the hard and messy work of uprooting the anti-Blackness from within our communities.