Andrew Yang penned an op-ed in the Washington Post about the rise of anti-Asian racism surrounding COVID-19.
This “American-ness” strategy consistently failed to reduce the countless instances of anti-Asian racism I endured.
Racist rhetoric is putting Asian Americans at risk, and in order to combat this, we must hold political leaders accountable who demonize and scapegoat Asians.
We need to fight for longer-term structural solutions that undo dangerous myths and stereotypes about Asian Americans, which is why Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago is launching a Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) campaign to implement a mandatory Asian American history curriculum in Illinois public schools.
Instead of showing our “American-ness” in the face of racism, Asian Americans, and all Americans, need to step up and unite around an undying commitment to achieving real racial justice in our country.