There’s been a dangerous sentiment by national press that Asian folks in the U.S. do not stand with Ferguson. Media has falsely perpetuated myths and misconceptions about Asian Americans and have formed inaccurate stories.
Looting stories of Asian Markets in St. Louis vilifying black men. Stories that stereotype all Asian Americans as the “model” minority. That all Asian Americans are geniuses, work hard, are great at math, and dominate universities. That if Asian Americans can achieve the American dream, why can’t other minorities?
Statistics and facts can be backed up by reports and data by the Census, government agencies, non-profit organizations*. “Good” and “Bad” stereotypes are merely fantasy, yet can be dangerously manipulated.
As a self-identified Asian American and Southeast Asian man, I stand firmly against false generalizations and speak upon my own experiences.
I created this video to show that just like in the past, today, there are Asian American allies to social justice and humanitarian causes.
I strongly support the people of Ferguson. May Michael Brown and the countless men dying in our American streets Rest In Power.
Kenny K. Hoang,
*For more information: Check out APIASF’s most recent “Care Report” and AAJC’s “A Community of Contrast”
On August 9, 2014, another young, unarmed black teen was murdered in America at the hands of police in the small suburb near St. Louis. Michael “Mike Mike” Brown, 18, died after being shot at least six times by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson.
Since, the justifiably angry community in Ferguson has risen up to demand answers. Their peaceful protests have been met with a militarized police force that is fully equipped with tanks, police dogs, tear gas, curfew, assault rifles and riot gear. Reporters and journalists have been threatened on air. Most recently, the National Guard has been called in to “restore peace to the area” and there has been another death at the hands of police. All the while, mainstream media has been documenting what’s happening in Ferguson as ‘rioting.’ Let’s be clear, the people in Ferguson are not rioting, they are rebelling!
We will be selling Don’t Shoot tee shirts to support the people on the ground in Ferguson. 100% of the sales will go to the organization Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment to help with bail, legal support, supplies, and organizers on the ground.
Viewing for Robert Martirez is this Friday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm @ Kennedy-Roth Funeral Home behind St. Sebastian in Woodside. Let’s support their family during this difficult time.