Signs and artwork bearing the slogan “Yellow Peril Supports Black Power” have begun appearing at protests and on social media following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.
“Yellow Peril Supports Black Power” is most often associated with a black-and-white photo taken in 1969 at a rally in Oakland, California, supporting Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, who had been arrested on charges of killing a police officer.
He’s also known as the person who first supplied the Black Panther Party with guns from his personal collection to use on patrols.
We need to consider the fact that today, there are a lot more Asian Americans who don’t identify as yellow, or East Asian, so the term ‘yellow peril’ isn’t inclusive.
Seattle-based artist Monyee Chau re-popularized the slogan “Yellow peril supports black power” after creating this poster in the wake of George Floyd’s death.