The New York Police Department’s new anti-Asian hate crimes task force could inadvertently put Asian Americans in opposition to other communities of color, some activists fear.
Such a task force doesn’t address that root cause, and it fails to start dialogue between perpetrators and victims, he said.
Getting to the root problem instead of ‘putting a Band-Aid on’Moua and Choimorrow said the same is true with the Asian hate crimes task force.
Asian Americans as a ‘racial wedge’Moua said he is concerned that the task force could join a long history of using Asian Americans as pawns against other minority groups.
Having a task force focus, even if it’s framed as protecting Asian Americans, is focused on punitive measures and doesn’t create space and room for change.”