A student group called “Asians for Black Lives” is turning heads in Texas. The group, which seems to follow the standard principles of the Black Lives Matter movement, breaks the mold in one way – their membership.
According to the Asians for Black Lives Facebook account, the group describes themselves as “a space for Asian Americans* as a diverse and pan-ethnic group to gather and navigate issues in our community and beyond, with a special emphasis on solidarity with other communities of color.”
Despite the group’s ethnic makeup, the group pushes standard Black Lives Matter talking points and recently held an event on affirmative action.
Asians for Black Lives hosted University of Texas-Austin Associate Professor Eric Tang of the African and African Diaspora Studies department to speak. According to Tang’s faculty profile, his interests include “Racism & Anti-racism; The Poetics of Displacement; Urban unrest; Activist research.”
During his introduction, Tang stated that affirmative action has transformed since the 1978 court case, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke. This Supreme Court decision deemed racial quotas or setting seats aside on the basis of race unconstitutional. However, the same ruling still allowed race to remain a factor in the college admissions process.
“To say that we have affirmative action in the United States and that we need to defend it is not entirely correct,” Tang stated. “Affirmative action means to engage in activity or policy that corrects past historical injustices. You can think of it as reparations.”
Tang shockingly called UT-Austin’s admissions process a system of white supremacy.
“A system that has routinely kept African-American numbers below 12 percent, despite having had a history of excluding them, is a system of white supremacy,” Tang expressed.
One Asians for Black Lives group member, Quynhanh Tran, shared concerns over a diminutive amount of involvement among Asian-Americans in regards to social change.
“I feel like there’s a lack of activism amongst Asian Americans in terms of supporting other communities of color,” Tran stated. “So that’s one of our goals: educating ourselves on issues that other communities of color face.”
In terms of recruitment, the group intends to “explicitly include anyone who identifies as Desi, South Asian, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, Multi-racial, +.”
The UT-Austin admissions department did not return Red Alert Politics‘ request for comment.