|image from "Asian & Pacific Islanders Confronting Anti-Blackness," Seattle, Facebook event page|
by Sharon H Chang
Yesterday, under the common hashtag #ModelMinorityMutiny, a national (ongoing) call was issued to Asian Americans for solidarity against police brutality disproportionately targeting the Black community. The hashtag and ideology behind it -- that Asians can value Black lives by pushing against a 'model minority' complicit existence -- emerged from grassroots organizations and incredible justice work by Scot Nakagawa and Soya Jung of Race Files with a nod to Sepia Mutiny (esp. read "What Does Model Minority Mutiny Deman?" by Soya Jung, live Dec 13, 2014). As part of this call to action, progressive Seattle Asian American Pacific Islanders (APIs) gathered together Sunday afternoon for a community dialogue, "Model Minority Mutiny: Asian Pacific Islanders Confronting Antiblackness," with leadership and input by Black organizers in the Pacific Northwest. And I really, really wanted to be there.
But I have a 5-year-old and my husband was working.