“As we approach elections, we’re seeing that a lot of people genuinely do not understand that the “Defund the Police” movement is about redefining community safety. So I wrote an article about the reality of policing in America for BIPOC lives, the many systems we can implement (that are already in place in other parts of the world) instead to keep marginalized communities safe, and why Asian Americans in particular need to get on board.”
“As a privileged East Asian, I have been complacent in the violent systems of oppression in our country, a country that upholds white supremacy while pitting minorities against each other. I cannot ignore the fact that one of the Minneapolis police officers who stood by and watched while George Floyd was murdered was Asian American, or that he has a history of past complaints, including using excessive force against a Black man. George Floyd’s name has been added to a long list of modern-day lynchings, including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the list goes on.
We cannot stand by and watch this list grow any longer.”