Dear Organizational Leaders:

[Here is a letter I sent to multiple organizations today.]

Asian Americans are being attacked from multiple races and their mistreatment is often neglected or minimized. I hope you are crafting or will craft a statement as an organization regarding the Anti-Asian American violence of the past year, and in particular from yesterday. Here is an article that aligns with your organization’s core antiracist values:

I particularly like it because it doesn’t emphasize the fact that some of these crimes against Asians have been committed by non-white people (which is what a recent Wall Street Journal article emphasized). A lot of people are talking about how these crimes are not always committed by white people, but the above article talks about how it is still all linked to white supremacy, and it therefore builds solidarity amongst diverse groups to combat white supremacy rather than pitting these groups against one another.

When I was a teacher in a school district we made a statement after a shooting happened and there was backlash because multiple groups were undergoing trauma at the same time and it didn’t seem right to students that we zoomed in on a particular incident. So consider treading lightly given that.

But as a person who has gone to bystander training, in my humble opinion it would be a mistake not to be assertive in supporting the pan-Asian American community with intentionality as an organization at this time. 

In solidarity,

Erin Grimm

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