A sharp division exists in the Asian American community over the conviction of Officer Peter Liang in the death of Akai Gurley.
To those Asians who support the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s simple.
If you agree that White police officers have been unjustifiably cleared of wrong doing in the deaths of too many Black people, you must support the conviction of Peter Liang of manslaughter.
“The ethnic Chinese media has also pushed a polarizing and anti-black
narrative around the conviction of Peter Liang,” said a statement from #Asians4BlackLives. “This has caused some strain
within the larger Asian American community.”
They are holding a Google hangout in an effort to reframe the narrative today at 4 p.m. Eastern. Those interested in participating are encouraged to RSVP.
Those who feel Liang is being scapegoated are organizing a day of protests in 38 cities from New York to San Francisco tomorrow, according to CCTV.
“Some White police officers have accidentally killed unarmed people, too, but the punishment for them was lighter compared to the one Liang received. Liang should not be treated differently because of his race,” Wang Tian, president of the Beijing Association in Los Angeles said.
Liang faces 15 years in prison.
Panelists at the Google Hangout will include OiYan Poon, Advocate and
Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Education; Meejin Richart,
Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence member; Joo-Hyun Kang, Director of Communities United for Police
Reform; and several other activists involved with on the ground efforts in
New York City and beyond. 18MR.org’s Diane Wong will moderate the
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