At CAPAA, we understand that the needs of communities of color are intertwined. It is important for us to work together to dismantle the legacy of white supremacy and combat racism in every instance at every level. Part of this work requires tackling racism within our own communities, and ways in which APA communities are complicit in white supremacy, particularly as it relates to anti-blackness.
As allies, CAPAA staff and Commissioners commit ourselves to understanding how we personally benefit from and uphold systems of oppression and will have time at our upcoming board meeting for shared thought and discussion regarding current events. As community members, we commit to doing the difficult but necessary work of understanding white-skin and light-skin bias, anti-blackness, and racism in our own communities. And as a Commission, we commit to supporting and facilitating dialogue internally, in the API community, and with other racial groups via the Ethnic Commissions. As institutional actors, we recognize our role to educate, activate, and advocate for civil rights, social justice, and equal protection under the law.
In response to this need, we’ve compiled resources to tackle anti-black racism in APA communities.