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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 18th, 2016


TO: MEDIA AND THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN TORONTO

 

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:

 

https://medium.com/@lettersforblacklivescanada/media-advisory-asian-canadians-for-black-lives-c1f61de518ed#.fig8achx2

 

Media Contact

 

lettersforblacklivescanada@gmail.com



 

即时通稿

2916年7月18日

 

致:多伦多媒体和华人社区

全加华人协进会多伦多分会(CCNCTO)

 

作为一家倡导社会公正的组织,CCNCTO认识到反对黑人种族歧视是维护种族公正的核心。如果我们想消除对亚洲人的种族歧视或者是排外情绪,我们就必须看到其他被边缘化的族裔所面临的不公正,这种不公正是互相牵连的,一个少数族裔总是被放在另一个少数族裔的对立面上。比如,加拿大华人总是被塑造成“少数族裔的模范”,听起来可能很正面(表扬了我们的勤劳),但是这种成见也是在强调我们是这个国家的“外国人”,是这个社会次要的公民,让我们和所谓的“非模范型少数族裔”形成对立。这种成见也假设加拿大亚裔从不谈论种族公正,而只有加拿大其他的族裔在发声。然而不幸的是,正是这种对比,将其他被边缘化的族裔对警察暴力执法和种族脸谱化的抗议描绘成“制造麻烦“,比如黑人族裔。

 

我们需要讨论如何和其他遭受种族不公正、歧视的边缘化族裔更好地结盟,如何探讨反对歧视黑人。我们必要要从自身做起,这样我们才能更好地支持其他种族公正的事业。

 

在我们发表了支持”多伦多珍视黑人生命”运动的团结声明后,我们想再为您呈现一组媒体通告:加拿大亚裔支持黑人生命——加拿大黑人生命公开信。这封信由一组加拿大华裔撰写,反对我们自己社区内的黑人歧视,信将翻译成14种以上的亚洲语言,包括简体和繁体中文。

 

请在2016年7月19日周二在媒体材料中关注黑人生命公开信:

 

https://medium.com/@lettersforblacklivescanada/media-advisory-asian-canadians-for-black-lives-c1f61de518ed#.fig8achx2

 

媒体联系


lettersforblacklivescanada@gmail.com

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