"...when you know better, do better" - Maya Angelou
Hi I’m Daniel, a second-generation Asian American living in Los Angeles, CA. My mom approached me recently and said she felt like we were living through the 1992 LA riots again. She remembers being afraid of the violence, but confused by the police’s brutal and excessive force on unarmed men and women that they swore to serve and protect.
It’s been nearly 30 years since then and she tells me in her broken English, "It looks like not much has changed, except this time we need to help."
As we witness history repeating itself, we acknowledge our privilege and ability to do more. Our skin color and background instantly gives us more opportunities than are granted to our black neighbors, and now is the time to act. Mom wants to tell the world that her generation, specifically immigrant parents in the Asian community, want to show their allyship by fighting against violence and systemic racism in black communities.
We’re also enduring a global pandemic that we know disproportionately affects black people, so our form of protesting looks like this:
Selling customized masks with ALL proceeds being donated to the Black Lives Matter movement and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 relief fund.