ASIAN LIVES MATTER | STOP ASIAN HATE | MOVEMENT STARTS HERE.
AN ASIAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.
10 ACTIONABLE POINTS TOWARD ACHIEVING JUSTICE, EQUALITY, AND FREEDOM.
AN ASIAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.
10 ACTIONABLE POINTS TOWARD ACHIEVING JUSTICE, EQUALITY, AND FREEDOM.
Dear colleagues, friends, supporters, and the American people,
Please be advised that we, Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders (AAPI), and others, firmly and passionately support the Black Lives Matter movement and would very much like to join the struggle to end racism and discrimination, and to use the well-known “Lives Matter” term and add to that and say “Asian Lives Matter.”
The truth is all of this extreme physical violence, hate-crimes, and racial discrimination against innocent Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) throughout the United States have been going on for decades. Only now it is finally receiving the much-needed media and political attention. So we must unite now and capitalize on this moment. We cannot wait or expect others to do this for us. We cannot stand idle, hope and pray for things to change for the better in the future. We are in total control of our own lives and our own destiny, no one else can or should do this for us. Of course, they can certainly help and we surely want them too, and we will welcome and glad for their much-needed assistance and supports, but we have to take the lead.
Another area of our vulnerable Asian-American population that has been suffered significantly more, but we don't talk much about and is not being fairly recognized in the media, by politicians, or by the general American public, is Asian-American women. Who for decades have been endured, abused, and harmed twofold via racism and sexism. They have been wrongly and unfairly stereotyped as weak, meek, subservient, sex objects, sex symbols, uneducated, and more. These stereotypes further reinforced and directed the mentality of how the abusers, harassers, and racists treated and viewed at Asian-American women. These outrageous and egregious mentalities and outrageous physical violence against innocent Asian-American women need to cease immediately.
All of us should be supporting and celebrating women from all walks of life, not to discriminate or harass them. All Asian-American women should be treated with, looked at, and talked to with respect and honor just like everyone else. No exceptions.
As with other great and contributing minority groups in this country, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have been living in fear of hate crimes and have been facing racial discrimination for many decades, personally and professionally.
We need to do much more than just having a conversation, reading headlines, or talking about it around the tables. For many years we have done more than enough scholarly studies and research on this. We now need to take immediately concrete, viable and actionable steps to eradicate all forms of hate-crimes and racial discrimination against all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, and others as it is duly written in our U.S. Constitution and laws. We need actions not just talk. We need to rise up, to be very vocal, and to be passionate advocates. We need to constantly keep this important movement going and not slowing down. This is our Asian-American Civil Rights Movement. We need to strongly enforce our existing hate-crime laws, impose swift and just penalties, and have zero-tolerance of it. America should not be the land of hate and discrimination of any kind.
10 ACTIONABLE POINTS TOWARD ACHIEVING JUSTICE, EQUALITY, AND FREEDOM:
1) We need and must have Black, Brown, and Asian (AAPI) solidarity. Unite, collaborate, partner, and to speak firmly as one voice, against all forms of hate crimes, racial discrimination, and racial harassment. We are calling on all minority groups and all peoples to join us. America’s strength has always been diversity, equity, and inclusion. We should not and shall not allow racists and evils to dictate and determine who we are, how we work and live our lives, or where we, as a united nation, are going.
2) We are sincerely calling on all of our political, community and business leaders; companies and corporations; community, media, and faith-based organizations; hollywood, entertainment and media professionals; law enforcement agencies; and all of us to unite, collaborate, partner, get involve and support this important Asian-American Civil Rights Movement.
3) This Asian-American Civil Rights Movement should be immediately and sufficiently financed, donated, and funded by our federal, states, and local governments, by socially responsible (corporate social responsibility) companies, corporations, foundations, institutions, organizations, and of course, by the generous donations and supports from the general American public, and others.
4) We need to have our federal and states governments to promptly, fairly and firmly enforce the current hate crime statutes throughout the United States, and for our law enforcement professionals to quickly arrest those perpetrators and for our prosecutors to promptly prosecute those to the fullest extent of the law.
5) We are calling for the much-needed support, collaboration, and partnership with our federal, state, and local leaders, both public and private. Our elected and community leaders should be out there in various public forums speaking passionately against hate crimes, racial discrimination, and racial harassment, and set good examples for all. Words do make a difference. Words matter. We should and will hold our elected leaders and officials duly accountable and responsible for their words, actions, and conducts.
We are also calling on all Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders (AAPI), and others to actively calling, emailing, and contacting their elected federal, state, and local government leaders and officials demanding immediate changes, moreover, to actively using all forms of social media to raise awareness and supports, to raise the much-needed funds in support of our Asian-American Civil Rights Movement, to educate the general American public, and to take viable united actions in passionately helping and collaborating with our common cause.
6) We need to properly and formally educate the general American public and others about hate crimes, racial discrimination, and racial harassment, at all of our public and private schools, at colleges and universities, at companies and corporations, at all the workplaces, and other public and private organizations. We are well-aware of all of the overt and covert racial discrimination, racial harassment, and lack of diversity and inclusion at top management, that have been taking place for decades against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), at the workplaces and at colleges and universities, and we are strongly and vigorously condemning them, those actions are reprehensible and un-American. We need and must be promoting and enforcing the zero-tolerance policy of all hate crimes, racial discrimination, and racial harassment, everywhere we live and work.
7) We need and must immediately be “Model Minority” nonconformists. We need and must immediately eliminate, reject, and abandon the harmful and racist “Model Minority” (a group that is smart, industrious, hardworking, obedience, quiet, and not allowed to have any voice nor express any opinion) myth and stereotype about Asian-Americans which has been falsely and unjustly portrayed Asian-Americans to the American mainstream for many decades. This “Model Minority” myth is actually and significantly hurting Asian-Americans, not helping. Moreover, it wrongly and maliciously creating mistrusts and misunderstandings as a whole between us, and it falsely and egregiously pitting Asian-Americans against other good minority groups.
As with other immigrants and minority groups, Asian-Americans came to this great country, we work very hard, we achieve at school due to hours and hours of studying and learnings, we take great care of our families, neighbors, colleagues, and friends, and we always strive to achieve the American Dream. We take no short cuts of doing this. Nothing came easy for us, nothing was given to us, and we earned everything we got, through many years of lots of sweat, tolls, and tears.
8) We, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), are not foreigners and we are not outsiders. For many decades, we have been seen, viewed, and treated as “forever or perpetual foreigners” (a group that is apolitical, unassimilable, subhuman, and hostile threat). We are Americans just like everyone else. We are proud to be Americans. Many of our brothers and sisters have volunteered and fought bravely to defend America, and sadly many have also made the ultimate sacrifice so that we all can enjoy our freedom and our great American way of life. Asian-Americans truly and significantly lead and helped to innovate, build, and contribute to make America one of the greatest nations on earth today, in science, space, civilian and military technologies, social media, medicine, intellectual property, and so much more. America owes much of her greatness, powers, and strengths to Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
9) We, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), truly want to be treated as equals just like anybody else. We do not want special or preferential treatments. We want to be a part of and contributing members of the team, not standing on the sidelines. We want to have a full seat at the table. We want our voices to be heard, valued, and respected. We want diversity, equity, and inclusion. We want to be productive and law abiding members of our American society.
10) We, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), our true and real strength are in numbers, we are approximately 7 percent of the United States population, in solidarity across our many significant differences of language, culture, ethnicity, religion, and more, is the basis of being Asian-American.
We are immediately and urgently calling on all Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to unite as one, along with all of our Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders’ small and medium-sized businesses, organizations, and leaders throughout the United States and abroad to unite. All businesses, organizations, and leaders should and must immediately collaborate, support, network, and partner with each other for our mutual successes. We should and must inspire, lead, encourage, and educate the young and future generations of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to be successful and have compassion for others, and to be future passionate and advocacy leaders. We all must unite as one, and speaking as one loud and passionate voice. We all, as individuals, must fight together for our survival. We cannot be silent any longer. We must declare war on hate-crimes, racial discrimination, and racial harassment. We must immediately utilize the federal and states hate-crime statutes, along with the much-needed supports of our law enforcement and prosecutors to protect us and to defend us. They need and must immediately enforce the hate crimes statutes equally and fairly throughout the United States. We must do much more than what we are doing right now.
Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) do have wonderful histories, rich traditions, and vibrant cultures. We are kind, honorable, loyal, caring, hospitable, compassionate, devoted, dedicated, sincere, generous, and loving group of people. We are very proud of these wonderful traits and our core values. We should continue to share these distinguishing characteristics and enviable qualities to mainstream Americans and others, because the more other people know and experience about us, about who we really are, about our personal stories, about our dedicated love for America and our many struggles, and our sincere love for our families, friends, colleagues and community. The American people and many others will surely have a much better understanding of who and what we are. Understandings lead to acceptance, harmony, peace, and love. We should be proud of being Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and we should also be proud of being Americans. We can and should be proud of both. We are Asians and Americans (Asian-Americans), this is who and what we are, this is our true, hard-earned, and hard-fought national identity.
In recent years, we see more and more young very educated and passionate Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) (college and graduate students, and others) starting to volunteer for good local community service organizations and volunteer/intern for mission-focused and mission-critical non-profit organizations such as the Asian-American National Committee, Inc. We are very proud of all of them for carrying the much-needed community service torch. We need and must have this wonderful and very important community service and volunteering trends to continue and to increase significantly in the near future throughout the United States, directly due to the dire need for care, advocacy, protection, and service of our Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) communities and others.
We need and must immediately place our personal, professional, and business interests and civil rights of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) FIRST, until we truly achieve justice and freedom in the United States.
The Asian-American National Committee, Inc. is currently leading the Asian-American Civil Rights Movement along with our various national and international organizational and corporate partners. As the AANC has been doing for the past 21 years successfully leading and vigorously advocating for the various federal and states hate crimes statutes and many other important civil rights statutes, which were duly passed into law and now need to be promptly enforced throughout the United States. Be an agent of change and join us today.
Let's unify and fight this fight for our survival together. Our lives and our family’s lives are depending on it. Thank you.