Answer: Just like the Civil Rights Movement, Asian Americans need the support of non-Asians to bring about change to reduce tensions against us and help others understand who we are as people, not stereotypes. If you’re not a minority in America it’s important to become aware of your own privilege by reading books such as “White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin J. DiAngelo or “White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White” by Daniel Hill. In addition, you can use your power and privilege to advocate for a more inclusive workplace for everyone. Also, consider mentoring Asian Pacific American workers. We graduate from universities at higher rates than others but are no more likely to hold professional or managerial positions. When there are few leaders of Asian descent in a company, high-potential Asian employees have no one to look up to or follow. If you are a member of a racial minority, but not Asian, take the time to get to know more Asian Americans on a deep personal level. You’ll discover that we have all experienced similar discrimination and violence in this country. Everyone needs to support organizations that support Asian Pacific Islanders and to educate themselves about the unique challenges that face Asian Americans. Be an up-stander when you see someone else take credit for an Asian person’s accomplishments by saying something like, “If I recall, that was Janet’s idea…” We all must work to end racism and end white supremacy. If anyone is discriminated against or threatened we are all in danger because any one of us could be next. Only by working together can we build a society where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and reap the benefits of what our country has to offer.
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