A week out from the murderous spree that claimed the lives of eight of our own, our country and its communities are aching, especially our Asian American and Pacific Islander neighbors. The racial violence exhibited in Georgia is not isolated. Racism and hatred have shaped our past and continue to shape our present.
Yet, we know neither can have a place in America if we are to have a prosperous future together.
For years, security and defense leaders have been talking about the rise of white nationalism and white supremacy and the danger this puts all of us in. All forms of racism are fruit from the same poisonous tree.
White Americans have got to confront this. Our Asian American and Pacific Islander friends need true allies right now. We need to center their voices, make space for their stories to be heard, and listen. And we must stand shoulder-to-shoulder to demand justice. It need not matter the venues of the crime or the alleged mental state of the murderer; innocent lives were taken, and it appears to be racially motivated.
We have to make the conscious decision to see what’s right in front of us instead of looking away. We have to choose each other. To heal our divisions, we must be able to hear each other, see each other, and understand each other.
Founder & President, E Pluribus Unum