For Immediate Release
April 6, 2021
On April 6, 2021, Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) President Yukong Zhao sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Garland, urging the U.S. Department of Justice to take a non-partisan, holistic approach to effectively address the root causes behind rising violence, hate crimes and systemic racism against the Asian-American community.
In this letter, Mr. Zhao expressed our grave concerns that the current White House initiatives’ hyper-focus on “Chinese Virus” and “White Supremacy” would deflect the public from paying much-needed attention to other major problems that harm Asian Americans in a rising trend. As a result, AACE urges the DOJ to adopt the following non-partisan, holistic measures to expand federal government’s efforts to provide equal protection of the laws for all Asian Americans:
- DOJ and all pertinent local agencies should conduct thorough, evidence-based and transparent investigations to identify true motives and root causes behind all vicious attacks against Asian Americans.
- DOJ demands state and local governments reverse their failing polices of defunding police and releasing violent criminals irresponsibly, especially in the localities where these policies have harmed Asian Americans.
- DOJ implements zero-tolerance on hate speeches, pro-violence raps, and foul games that target Asian Americans or any other Americans. Specifically, DOJ should ban YG’s hate-filled rap “Meet the Flockers,” that glorifies robberies of Chinese Americans.
- DOJ and the White House call upon politicians and the media to stop labeling Asian Americans as “over-represented” or “privileged.”
- DOJ and the White House call upon educational institutions to abstain from perpetuating racial tensions and to treat everyone equally as Americans.
- DOJ takes concrete action to eliminate systemic racism against Asian-American children in admissions to selective colleges and high schools nationwide. DOJ should resume the federal lawsuit against Yale University, restate DOJ’s support of the Students for Fair Admissions’ lawsuit against Harvard University and file new lawsuits against government agencies/school boards in New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Fairfax County(Virginia) which launched racist assaults on hardworking Asian American students.
Please see the details in Mr. Zhao’s letter to U.S. Attorney General Garland: https://secureservercdn.net/220.127.116.11/881.fd3.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/AACE-Letter-on-Violence-and-Hate-Crimes-20210406.pdf .
Asian American Coalition for Education
About the AACE: www.asianamericanforeducation.org
Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) is a non-political, nonprofit, grassroots national organization, the proven leader in fighting for Asian-American children’s equal educational rights. On May 15, 2015, the founders of AACE united 64 Asian-American organizations and jointly filed a civil rights complaint with the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to request that they conduct investigations into Harvard University’s discriminatory admissions practices against Asian-American applicants. As the largest joint action taken by Asian-American communities over the last few decades, this complaint is now being investigated by the Justice Department. Over the years, we have advanced the cause of equal education rights for the Asian-American community. In July 2018, the federal government adopted our policy recommendations by rescinding Obama era guidance that promoted racial balancing and acquiesced to racial discrimination in college admissions.