By Alton Wang
Communications and Development Associate APIAVote
Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) was disappointed and appalled by the use of racist caricatures and messages in Lewiston, Maine, in signs that attacked an Asian American mayoral candidate on the basis of race and ethnicity.
This offensive anti-Asian sentiment has no place in any discourse, as it degrades the lived experiences of all Asian Americans. We recognize the deep anti-Asian racism and rhetoric that have been pervasive throughout American history – a cycle of racism and hate that needs to stop. We implore all communities to cease the use of offensive caricatures or stereotypes in any regard.
Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote, adds, “Racist images and messages should never be used to attack any individual. we should be focusing on issues and needs facing the community instead of attacking individuals on the basis of their racial or ethnic backgrounds… We must foster an inclusive society where such racist signs will never appear again.” (end)