A prominent Chinese American group has taken issue with the language of a statement by Massachusetts’ Asian American Commission expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement following George Floyd’s death.
Wilson Lee, co-founder of the Boston chapter of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance — one of the country’s oldest Asian American civil rights organizations — complained that the commentary from the Asian American Commission expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement is “divisive and inflammatory” because it suggests Asians benefit from “white privilege” and are racist against black people.
“I’m saddened when an organization funded by my tax dollars says there is hatred in the Asian American community for blacks,” Lee said Monday.
“In the past there have been misunderstandings between the Asian and black communities, but a blanket statement like that doesn’t help the situation.
The commission also said Asian Americans need to confront their role in “anti-Black racism and oppression,” noting that one of the officers on the scene when Floyd died in Minneapolis was of Asian descent.