After ESPN called Jeremy Lin a “chink” in an article headline and KPOP songwriter Jenny Hyun argued for genocide against black people, race scholar Dr. Sarah Jackson tweeted about things that blacks and Asians in the US share:
On the real though there is a lot of love and history between Black folks and Asian folks no matter what these individual a-holes do/say.
So I will now tweet some facts in the name of Afro-Asian love.
Africa, the Middle East, and Asia had advanced trade and education networks among each other before they were ever “discovered.”
In the U.S. racist Asian characters were a common part of the minstrel shows (that popularized blackface) of the 1900s.
The Black Press spoke out vocally against the interment of Japanese Americans during WWII.
Asian Americans played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement.
Rise of Bruce Lee inspired many black kids in inner cities to take up martial arts as form of self-improvement and self-defense.
Richard Aoki a Japanese American was a founding member of the Black Panther Party, close friend of Bobby Seale & Huey Newton.
I could go on. Even simply in pop culture there is a recognition of
#solidarity between Afro-Asian culture: Wu Tang Clan, Afro Samurai, etc.
The feminizing of Asian men worked hand in hand w/ the criminalizing of African men in justifying the U.S. racial hierarchy.
Asian women/black women hv been stereotyped as ever-willing sexual deviants 2 justify exploitation/colonization of their bodies.
Model Minority stereotype has been used 2 control Asian people just as much as it’s used to denigrate black folk in comparison.
Asian Americans were banned from eating at, going to school at, living in certain neighborhoods too, a photo:
Ok done. Love all day for Jeremy Lin & for anyone of any marginalized race/gender/sexuality who makes strides; your success is my success.
Follow Dr. Jackson on Twitter @sjjphd.