Uprooting the complex and often hostile relationship between Black people and Asian Americans requires mutual listening and self-reflection, regardless of how uncomfortable that might be.
Asian Americans have a long history of perpetuating systemic racism against Black people, but I decided to look to the present—I interviewed my Black and Asian friends.
Their personal experiences reveal how anti-Blackness from Asian Americans often manifests itself in microaggressions and other forms of covert racism.
“I have Black friends who recounted countless times that Asian students used racial slurs, made culturally insensitive comments and stereotyped them on many occasions.
Aryaana Khan, City College of New York ’22, also recognized anti-Blackness within her South Asian family.