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Leslie Tran

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Where Do Asians Stand in the Fight Against Racism in America?

In a racially charged nation, it can be difficult to see where Asian Americans stand in a national discourse on racism that seems black and white. With the unlawful assaults on the Black community and the administration’s harsh immigration legislations targeting people of color, Asian Americans need to enter the political discussion about where we stand in the fight against national racism.

In light of the violent outbursts that have occurred at Asian beauty supply stores and nail salons across the country, relationships between the Asian American and Black communities have been fraught with tension. In my own hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, an Asian beauty supply store employee was charged with assault and battery after being caught on video hitting a Black customer in the face.