Asian/Black relations is a conversation that pops in Philly media every so often and no one asks the right questions
There was this huge rash black kids just kicking the shit out of asian immigrant kids at southeast philly high the last few years
And it took the media so long to get to the bottom of things
These black kids didn’t hate these kids because they were Asian (as it was framed originally)
They were mad because a lot of these were straight up NEW to America, only here for a few years
And they were getting treated better in the classroom than them by white teachers
Their weaknesses (poor English for most of them) weren’t being written off as symptomatic of them as Asian people, but merely a minor bump in their learning
And black kids were not getting that same courtesy
So yeah that made them fucking angry.
When Asian folk are pigeonholed as “model minorities”, that’s white supremacy. When black folk attack Asian folk as “model minorities”, that too is white supremacy. When the media does not acknowledge that, again, white supremacy rears its ugly head.
On a related note, with the help of Asian Americans United (AAU), BPSOS-Delaware Valley, Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia, and the Asian Student Association of Philadelphia, a lot of the kids from that incident a few years ago put together an exhibit called ‘We Cannot Keep Silent’ that’s worth checkin’ out. It’s open through March 2013 at least.
More POC solidarity, less participation in our collective oppression. Onward to liberation.
Artwork by Teresa Miroslaw
April 29: 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Rebellion against racism following the “not guilty” verdict for police in the Rodney King beating.
Flyer issued by the Movement for a People’s Assembly demanding amnesty for the 18,000 people rounded by the LAPD and National Guard during the 1992 rebellion.
Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old Iraqi woman living in Southern California, was taken off life support today, succumbing to injuries sustained in a brutal tire iron beating on Wednesday. Shaima was found in her living room, and according to her daughter Fatima and the police investigating, a note was found near her saying “Go back to your country, you terrorist.”
Shaima was a mother of five who has been in the US with her family since the mid-1990s. She was described by her friend Sura Alzaidy as “respectful modest muhajiba.” Her daughter tearfully addressed her mother’s attackers during a media interview, saying “You took my mother away from me. You took my best friend away from me. Why? Why did you do it?”
"In the 1870s, anti-Chinese sentiment began to flourish in California, leading the California legislature in 1874 to pass an immigration law requiring that steamships post a $500 bond for the landing of any “lewd or debauched woman.” While the statute spoke generally, it aimed particularly to prevent the immigration of Chinese prostitutes, and the state commissioner of immigration refused to land twenty-two Chinese women whom he believed to be “lewd or debauched.” In In re Ah Fong, the California Supreme Court upheld the law as a valid exercise of the state’s “police power” to protect public safety and order, but Justice Field in the U.S. circuit court for California found the law unconstitutional. He held that Congress, not the states, had authority to regulate commerce between the United States and other nations, and that authority extended to immigration. More importantly for later Chinese litigation, Field found the law violated the Burlingame Treaty of 1868, in which Chinese were explicitly granted the right of free migration and all of the rights and privileges of subjects of other nations. He also ruled it violated the Fourteenth Amendment, which stated “no state … shall deny any person equal protection of the laws.” Field ruled that the Equal Protection Clause applied to all people in the United States, citizens and foreign residents alike. Since the California law singled out Chinese, it treated them unequally and thus trampled on both treaty and constitutional rights. The Supreme Court agreed with Field’s decision when, in a separate appeal of the California Supreme Court’s decision in Chy Lung v. Freeman, it held the California law unconstitutional on the grounds that Congress had exclusive power to regulate foreign commerce and immigration. The cases were important in establishing the importance of the treaties and the Fourteenth Amendment as barriers to discrimination against Chinese."
I dedicate these pictures to my cousin who may get deported before he’s able to finish university.