Home PoliticsAfrica News All Americans must confront their roles in a racist system. Asians Must denounce their Racism against Blacks/Africans.

All Americans must confront their roles in a racist system. Asians Must denounce their Racism against Blacks/Africans.

A photo of an African boy and a gorilla by Yu Huiping in an exhibit in China that was removed after sparking accusations of racism. Photograph: Shanghaiist
As an American and someone who has dedicated all his life to fighting discrimination and injustices across the Globe, I am glad to see the overwhelming support for the Asian community and the condemnation of racist attacks against fellow Asian citizens.  In fact, these recent attacks are unacceptable in any civilized society and they should be condemned by all..

There is also no escaping the obvious fact that the previous Trump administration’s frequent racist use of languages directed towards Asian Americans continue to play a key role in these recent attacks. The Republican party’s roles and support for Trump also must be examined. These attacks have been spurred by the coronavirus pandemic and then-President Donald Trump repeatedly using racist terms for the virus.  

While Asians like other minority groups in American are not to be blamed for the racist attacks against them, but all Americans must seize this opportunity to examine their role in promoting and sustaining the racist system.

In early April 2020, Chinese authorities in the southern city of Guangzhou, Guangdong province ordered Landlords to then evicted Africans, and African-Americans (Blacks) in general residents, forcing many to sleep on the street, and hotels, shops, and restaurants refused African customers.  The attacks were rampant causing many African nations like The Kenyan government announced it would fly out Kenyans stranded in China.  These racist attacks against Africans across Asia did not draw any wide condemnation. the United Nations, Trump, and other world leaders kept silent.

Despite the obvious fact that Covid 19 did not emerge from Africa, Africans were attacked throughout Asian countries.

A sign displayed at a McDonald’s in Guangzhou, China, read “black people are not allowed to enter” – just one instance of a growing problem in the city.

The U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou has warned U.S. citizens of the escalated scrutiny and discrimination of foreign nationals in the region which include orders by the police for bars and restaurants to not serve people who appear to be of African descent.

Many Americans call for unity against racism

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, a Democrat from California, called the attacks “horrific” and said civil rights groups across the country were working together to address the issue.

“We all stand to lose,” said Bass, one-time chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. “Just because it’s happening to Asians does not mean that I don’t care about it at the same level as though it’s happening to African Americans. All of us need to be concerned.”

After dropping off flowers Jesus Estrella, left, and Shelby stand in support of the Asian and Hispanic community outside Young's Asian Massage Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Acworth, Ga. Asian Americans, already worn down by a year of racist attacks fueled by the pandemic, are reeling but trying to find a path forward in the wake of the horrific shootings at three Atlanta-area massage businesses that left eight people dead, most of them Asian women.

While many Asian Americans who’ve immigrated to the United States have been slow to embrace the fight for civil rights because they didn’t grow up with it, “there’s increasing appreciation for the reality that Asian Americans are in the same boat as Latinx people, as African Americans, as people of color. We have no choice.”

“America was founded as a white country,” he said. “It isn’t anymore, but people of color still have to fight to get a fair shot. And we are more likely to make progress if we work together.”


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