Late last month, a crowd of mostly young Asian American Christians gathered in the parking lot of the historically black Progressive Baptist Church on the South Side of Chicago.
We broke the stronghold that divided our communities and we said enough is enough,” said Raymond Chang, president of the recently founded Asian American Christian Collaborative (AACC), which organized the march.
Thou’s actions were a “perfect representation of Asian American complicity in racism,” wrote Larry Lin, a pastor at the Village Church in Baltimore.
“You look at one Hmong man, call him Asian, and then project your collective shame unto a people group that has never been fully received by ‘Asian Americans,’” she wrote.
These grassroots efforts to address anti-black racism and other social issues in Asian American churches are not likely to be broadly broadcast.