Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Asian Americans Advancing Justice responds to The Daily Beast's coverage of Ferguson unrest
Communities of color must stand together against dangerous police practices
Asian Americans Advancing Justice issues the following statement in response to The Daily Beast’s August 20, 2014 story, “Ferguson’s Other Race Problem: Riots Damaged Asian-Owned Stores”:
“In the coming weeks, we will likely hear stories from Ferguson about ongoing protests by African American community members and allies, similar to the days following the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles,” said Stewart Kwoh, Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, on behalf of the Advancing Justice affiliation. “At that time, the media pitted communities of color against one another. We cannot allow this to happen again. This is about dangerous, harmful law enforcement practices and the need to end racially-motivated police practices that target communities of color. The Asian American and Pacific Islander community stands in solidarity with the African American community in this fight.”
Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of four leading organizations advocating for the civil rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice - Chicago, and Advancing Justice - Los Angeles.