On September 16, Terence Crutcher – unarmed – had his hands in the air but was fatally shot by police in Tulsa. On September 20, Keith Lamont Scott – a disabled man – was shot and killed by police while waiting for his son to be dropped off by a school bus in Charlotte. These losses have sparked outrage and protests in both Oklahoma and North Carolina this week.
According to Mapping Police Violence, police and law enforcement have killed 346 black people in 2015 and at least 214 black people this year alone. The deaths of Crutcher and Scott continue a pattern of police violence and demonstrate the deep-rooted hatred and racism on Black lives and people of color.
“No justice, no peace. Each Black life lost at the hands of police officers leaves behind family, friends, and a village of people who are demanding justice, accountability, and freedom for all Black people,” declared APALA National President Johanna Hester. “Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Delrawn Small. Freddie Gray. Sandra Bland. Eric Garner. The list goes on. Our freedom, as an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, is intrinsically linked with the freedom of Black folks everywhere. Only through collective action and organizing can we all be free.”
“We are outraged. Black folks and people of color have every right to be angry at this disproportionate state-sanctioned targeting and mass criminalization of their bodies,” added APALA Executive Director Gregory A. Cendana. “Time and again, we see that their lives are not brought to justice, and we refuse to allow the deaths of Black people to become the norm. It’s so crucial that we organize and mobilize our communities to dismantle this system that too often targets people of color for simply being Black and brown.”
In August, APALA organized and joined over 100 AAPI and allied organizations on a Joint Statement for AAPI Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and the Movement for Black Lives. With our allies and co-conspirators, we continue to fight for justice of our Black kinfolk and all people of color and call our community to take action. Here’s how you can help: