From the Field

Nakagawa on Ferguson: Exclusion, abuse of Black people, immigrants in U.S. ‘hand in hand’

Imagine 2050 Staff • Oct 03, 2014

Make no mistake. Ferguson is an Asian American issue. The exclusion and abuse of Black people and immigrants in the United States goes hand in hand. Together, they represent a loophole in democracy through which the 1 percent are moving an agenda that is making us all precariats.

Writing for this week, political activist Scot Nakagawa writes that while it is “accurate and just” to say anti-black racism and profiling are driving the recent crisis in Ferguson, what we are witnessing is the result of so much more. Addressing Asian Americans, in particular, Nakagawa says this is an issue of “collective self-interest.” He writes:

“If history is any indication, when white racial anxiety rises, Asian Americans suffer. But we should remember that white anxiety is on the rise because the situation of white people in the United States is increasingly perilous. Their anxiety and our precarity are related. For middle class Asian Americans, this fact of life in America today should be of great concern.”

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