Asian American and Pacific Islander Anti-Discrimination Resources
This guide is meant to inform about discrimination and violence against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the United States. The intention is to provide a starting point for developing a vocabulary to discuss and contextualize th
"Asian and Black communities’ histories have always been intertwined, their struggles connected, and their collective liberation dependent on their unity. Asian and Black communities have been strongest when they’ve sought to dismantle White supremacy together. In fact, there have been countless examples of powerful and moving coalitions between Asian and Black communities in the last 200 years that have led to major leaps forward in racial justice."
"This resource page has three sections, starting with contemporary solidarities. For historical solidarities, scroll down to the middle of the page. For books on Black American international solidarities with Asia, scroll to the bottom of the page."
"The recent actions of solidarity come at a pivotal moment as calls for improving the security and safety of elder Asian Americans have sparked concerns about the next course of action. Community leaders have warned against more policing, given law enforcement’s pattern of disproportionately targeting Black and brown individuals."
"There is a long and complex history between Asian American and Black communities in the United States. This Exploration Guide for students in high school touches on examples of Asian-Black solidarity, sources of conflict, and how we are all intertwined in the same struggle for liberation, as well as ideas for how to talk about race with your family and friends. We hope this gives you some tools to engage with race on a deeper level."
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with author Kim Tran about the history of solidarity between Asian and Black Americans and how their movements interact. [6 minutes.]
Resources about Structural Racism, Bias, and White Privilege
The Danger of a Single Storyby Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (18:27) "Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding." - TEDx Talks
Deconstructing White Privilegeby Robin DiAngelo (20:01) "Dr. Robin DiAngelo is transparent about white privilege couched in explicit and implicit biases in the video “Deconstructing White Privilege,” the first in a series of Vital Conversations on Racism. Dr. DiAngelo describes the most obvious and explicit aspects of racism and white privilege, while going beyond the surface of racism. Her video serves as a foundation on understanding racism and white privilege for the remaining six videos in the Vital Conversations series."- General Commission on Religion and Race of The UMC
The Path to Ending Systemic Racism in the US (1:06:23) "In a time of mourning and anger over the ongoing violence inflicted on Black communities by police in the US and the lack of accountability from national leadership, what is the path forward? Sharing urgent insights into this historic moment, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King and Anthony D. Romero discuss dismantling the systems of oppression and racism responsible for tragedies like the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and far too many others -- and explore how the US can start to live up to its ideals." - TEDx Talks
Systemic Racism Explained (4:23) "Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it." - act.tv
Structural and Systemic Racism
Structural Racism: "A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. It identifies dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure and adapt over time. Structural racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead it has been a feature of the social, economic and political systems in which we all exist."
Systemic Racism: "In many ways “systemic racism” and “structural racism” are synonymous. If there is a difference between the terms, it can be said to exist in the fact that a structural racism analysis pays more attention to the historical, cultural and social psychological aspects of our currently racialized society."
Microaggressions: "Unlike some other forms of prejudice and discrimination, the perpetrator of a microaggression may not even be aware that their behavior is hurtful. While microaggressions are sometimes conscious an intentional, on many occasions microaggressions may reflect the perpetrator's implicit biases about marginalized group members." - What is a Microaggression? Everyday Insults with Harmful Effects, by Elizabeth Hopper