By RYAN WICKER
On Monday, March 28, 2016, Assemblyman Ron Kim joined community leaders at the NYC Bar Association to participate at a forum to bring the Asian and Black communities together.
Here is part of Assemblyman Ron Kim’s speech:
“My job as a public servant allows me to interact with hundreds of constituents, sometimes thousands every week. The district I represent is predominantly Asian, and as a result I have a deep understanding of the hardships and obstacles that many Asian Americans face, whether they are recent immigrants or natural born citizens.
I’m participating today at this forum because I want to dispel a couple of Asian stereotypes that are a result of racism, but more importantly, further compound and promulgate institutional racism in the form of applying double standards to, and scapegoating of Asian Americans by our government and judicial systems.”
Instead of just watching the recent Peter Liang case pit communities of color against each other, Assemblyman Ron Kim helped organize Monday’s forum to steer the Black and Asian communities toward collaboration based on shared values.
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