This blog is the first post in a series that will examine diversity in the legal field. The blogs will highlight diversity issues and efforts within the legal community. Click here for a list of Asian American ally resources.
I want to start off this blog post by honoring victims of hate and violence. Victims that were attacked, only because of their identity.
I am writing this as a Filipino American immigrant woman and as a law student. I am writing this from my perspective as I am processing the attacks against my community.
The Asian American community is mourning. In the past few months, there has been a rampant increase in Asian American hate and violence. As I hear about these attacks, I think of my family members. I think of my great uncles, great aunts, and my grandmothers as I hear about attacks on the elderly. I think of my mom and my aunts as I hear about attacks on Asian American women.
The McGeorge School of Law Asian Pacific American Law Student Association wrote a statement in response to these attacks:
“We are not a virus. We are not a model minority. We are not a monolith. We are not your punchline or your scapegoat. We need to stop normalizing complacency. We need to amplify the narratives of our Asian storytellers, victims, survivors, and family members. And in the process, we need to look unto ourselves, in striving for anti-racism for ALL communities, for we do not tolerate selective support or solidarity. Anti-racism does not work unless we remain in total solidarity, together.”