But George Floyd’s death and nationwide protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement have helped change the discussion.
“The Asian American community does not experience the systemic racism that the black community faces,” Kang said.
Balaji and her group want to make sure their letter helps the South Asian community become permanent supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Its goal is to “amplify black voices and also increase efforts from the South Asian community to be better allies.”
Through social media posts and online resources, South Asians for Black Lives provides the building blocks for beginning conversations about confronting anti-blackness within neighborhoods and communities.