Following the shooting deaths of eight people in Atlanta, including six Asian women, and the numerous unprovoked verbal and physical attacks on Asian Americans over the past year across the country, the council of The administration of the Little Tokyo Community Council strongly condemns the assaults on our communities and the historic racism that continues to undermine the lives of Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders and people of color.
Our generation of Issei immigrants faced anti-Asian discrimination upon arriving in America in the 1880s and formed Little Tokyo and other Japantowns in response. They came together, started small businesses, opened temples and churches, and created communities where they and their Nisei children could live free from the restrictions and prejudices of American society. But racism overwhelmed Japanese Americans during World War II when the US government forcibly evicted them and jailed them in concentration camps without charge and without due process.
Today, the Little Tokyo Community Council represents the interests of local residents, businesses, religious institutions, arts and cultural organizations, and non-profit organizations with the goal of protecting the legacy of our historic district, which has was rebuilt after the war. But with the weekly reports of attacks on the elderly in their own communities and the recent vandalism against a Buddhist temple in Little Tokyo and local housing complexes, heightened anxiety has arisen from the feeling of violation of what was considered to be. shelter.
The Little Tokyo Community Council joins with other AAPI organizations to encourage anyone who has been abused to speak up. We call on our communities to be more vigilant towards those who are most vulnerable. But we also agree with the Stop AAPI Hate alliance that the scourge of racism is the pandemic against which every new generation must seek inoculation and herd immunity.
Anti-Asian hatred is a variant of this scourge that has crippled generations of people of color and destabilized American society. The only real cure is to put an end to structural and social racism against all.
As a coalition of different organizations and entities, the Little Tokyo Community Council values ââthe strength and resilience of working together for a common cause. We call on all of our communities to work together to fight racism and prejudice in all their forms.