“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Martin Luther King’s words continue to reverberate against the borders of our nation.
Guylaine Saint Juste, President and Chief Executive Officer of NABA, issues the following statement in response to socio-political unrest faced by the Asian-American community:
We are mobilizing in support of our Asian brothers and sisters and calling for the White community at large to denounce and dismantle the institution of White supremacy. The continued acts of violence and disrespect against people of Asian descent and all people that make up the storied, colorful fabric of America stand as roadblocks to achieving a more perfect union.
We continue to be grateful for the unity between our diverse communities and encourage building a deeper, meaningful relationship that charts a path to unending peace and prosperity.
In the 1960’s ‘Yellow Peril Supports Black Power’ became a show of solidarity between Asian Americans and African Americans. Signs and artwork bearing the slogan resurfaced at protests and on social media following the killing of George Floyd, last year. For over 50 years, “Yellow Peril Supports Black Power” has been a way for Asian Americans to voice support for black communities and unite against oppressive, racist systems.
We stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends at Ascend and the Asian community at large. We grieve with the families affected by acts of cowardice and violence. Equally as important, we call on the mainstream media to continue to portray the victims of senseless violence with dignity and respect and to show us their names, faces and celebrate the stories of their lives.
Our collective hearts are broken, and we stand in unison, imagining a more just world where everyone can engage, thrive and truly create their own unique version of The American Dream.