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Black liberation is Asian liberation – Asian Americans must revive and continue building the long history of Afro-Asian solidarity

The Black Lives Matter movement was reignited at the end of last May, following the murders of Black Americans: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade. The nationwide protests against police brutality towards the Black community in the United States erupted into a global rebellion, and Asian Americans have joined the movement by calling out anti-Blackness in their communities. The rise of this activism and introspection among Asian Americans can be partially attributed to the fact that Tou Thao, a Hmong-American, actively held a crowd of civilians back as a white police officer murdered Floyd. Thao’s complicity was seen as a metaphor of race relations in the US: Asians remaining silent as white people oppress their Black counterparts. 

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