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In particular, the revelation that one of the officers charged over Floyd’s death, Tou Thao, is Hmong has caused many Asian Americans to grapple with their community’s complicity.

“There’s a lot of anti-Blackness in the AAPI community,’ said Tran, referring to the Asian Americans and the U.S. diaspora of Pacific Islanders.

Asian Americans have been used “as a wedge community between Black community demands and our system,” said Bo Thao-Urabe, a co-founder of the Minnesota-based Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL).

Deconstruct the fearMany younger Asian Americans have taken the conversation online, sharing articles on social media about combating anti-Blackness.

“We are not white, and so we cannot protect a system that supports white and is harming our Black community.”

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