This idea of “staying quiet” and “it’s not our business” that prevails in most South Asian and some East Asian communities needs to end right now. The Asian cop could’ve been any South or East Asian. I KNOW that if they put what they’ve been told since birth over their morals or even their religious beliefs, they would do the same and do NOTHING. If they had the decency, if they truly followed their morals, if they followed WHAT MAKES THEM HUMAN, if they followed their emotion, if they followed their instinct, if they followed what is right, if they followed the principles set forth by Islam, by Christianity, by Judaism, by Hinduism, by Sikhism, and any religion, THEY WOULD DO SOMETHING. THEY WOULD HAVE TOLD HIM TO STOP. THEY WOULD HAVE DEFENDED THEIR BLACK BROTHERS AND SISTERS. THEY WOULD HAVE AT LEAST DONE SOMETHING.
We are told to care about what people think. We are told to live life the way the powerful want it. We are told to bow down to Whites. Our culture equates a lighter skin tone to more beauty. We are told that we are UNEQUAL. We are divided against each other. Where is the idea that we are all human? There is a search for gossip and drama. We work to keep our jobs and be successful but nothing about appreciating our humanity. This is toxic.
The foundation of the country is our Black brothers and sisters. THE VERY MOVEMENT THEY FOUGHT FOR GAVE US THE RIGHT TO COME IN AND SUCCEED. Us as the “model minority” is created as a result of their struggles and fight for civil rights that have allowed us to have some voice in the country. It is our duty to support them. We can’t continue to fear the idea of being human. We can’t reject the idea of being human. We can’t perpetuate an inferiority complex onto ourselves. We need to protest, raise our voice, and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Post written by guest writer Sasha Afroz