The Black Allyship @ Mochi column is an ongoing project that urges an awareness of racial injustice in the United States, particularly the oppression of Black people in America. The articles, resources and opinions we share are a call to action, an open discussion, and a place to take a stance against anti-Black racism. The Asian American community for too long has stood by silently and apolitically as our fellow people of color in the United States have been oppressed by white supremacy. We do not seek to gloss over the tensions between Asian American and Black communities, but to foster healing, partnership and solidarity.
We want to acknowledge this space as an ever-evolving effort to better ourselves and the America we want to be a part of. Integral to these reflections are accurate depictions of our community’s relationship with white privilege and the marginalization of Black, Indigenous and people of color. The Asian American movement that united our people was born from working alongside Black, Indigenous and Latinx student groups, and we hope to keep that allyship alive and active, while being aware of our own complicity and need for growth as Asian Americans.
Black lives are valuable in and of themselves, and not relationally. We stand by the fact that this is a human rights issue that we should all care about. We bridge experiences not with the expectation of reciprocity, but to foster solidarity from Asian Americans.
At Mochi magazine, our mission guides us to “Amplify Asian Voices.” Staff writer Tria Chang recognized our guiding principle as an opportunity to use our Asian voices to also amplify the Black community. Energized by the movements working to bring justice to those who have fallen to police brutality, she reached out to Mochi’s Editor in Chief Jennifer Duann Fultz, and recruited Activism Editor Giannina Ong and Copy Chief Sarah Park to serve as co-editors.
“As three Asian Americans — of East Asian descent — we are energized to examine and dismantle systemic racism and the dynamics of white supremacy with our readers, but are also aware of our limited perspective and privilege. We are ready to learn and work alongside others who have been a part of this movement for years,” Ong says.
“You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.” — Grace Lee Boggs
We pledge to use our platform to grow understanding in the Asian American community about systemic racism and our role in it. We recognize that we are imperfect allies and may mispeak, misstep and need to be corrected. This is a space open to feedback, but not to hate. Let’s learn and grow together.
We hope Black Allyship @ Mochi will spark productive conversation. In our commitment to be transparent about our progress and perspectives, we created an accountability document to track changes we have made to our mission statement, articles and stance. We want to know how we can do better: Feel free to email the co-editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
READ MORE FROM THE BLACK ALLYSHIP @ MOCHI COLUMN:
June 2020 Resource Roundup: Learn to be an Ally