Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO)
As a social justice advocacy organization, CCNCTO recognizes that fighting against anti-Black racism is at the core of racial justice advocacy. In order to address anti-Asian racism or xenophobia targeted against our communities, we must see how the injustices faced by other marginalized communities are interconnected within a system that often pits us against one another. For instance, Asian-Canadians are often stereotyped as ‘model minorities,’ which may sound positive. But this stereotype also reinforces dominant discourse that views us as perpetual ‘foreigners’ and subservient members of society, opposing us against supposed ‘not-so-model minorities.’ The model minority stereotype also assumes that Asian-Canadians do not speak out against racial injustices, which by comparison, only other racialized members of Canadian society do. And unfortunately, this comparison frames other marginalized communities like the Black community as being ‘trouble makers’ when there is protest against police brutality and racial profiling.
There is a need for dialogue on how we can become better allies to other marginalized communities facing racial injustice and discrimination and to talk about anti-Black racism. We must begin with ourselves and within our own communities before we can become effective in supporting other racial justice causes.
As a follow up to our solidarity statement in support of Black Lives Matter Toronto, we would like to bring your attention to the following Media Alert by Asian-Canadians for Black Lives - Launch of Letters for Black Lives Canada. A letter has been developed by a group of Asian-Canadians to talk about anti-Black racism within our own communities and will be translated in 14+ Asian languages including simplified and traditional Chinese.
Please see the Media Advisory for the Launch of Letters for Black Lives, on Tuesday July 19, 2016: