The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, SASE, stands with our brothers and sisters of the Black and Brown community in the pursuit of racial justice and social equity. It is imperative that members of diverse communities come together in peaceful protest against the criminalization of race, systemic inequalities, and the brutal and heartbreaking actions of some who seek to dehumanize us all. Our sadness at yet another death resulting from police brutality and systemic racism cannot be overstated. We grieve for George Floyd and others in the Black community, whose lives were tragically cut short. For the many who seek to uplift our communities through this period of social, economic, and public health turmoil, SASE supports you and is grateful for your sacrifices and resolve.
As an Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American organization that stands for leadership and inclusion, we denounce all racism and know that we all need to do our part to counter the bias we continue to see in our communities. We cannot stand by, say and do nothing. SASE takes this moment to honor those who we’ve lost due to these senseless acts and injustice and asks that you take a moment to learn more about the root of these issues.
How can you help? Learn about systemic issues of racism here:
- 13th directed by Ava DuVernay (Netflix) View
- I Am Not Your Negro directed by Raoul Peck (Amazon Prime)
- So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo (YouTube)
- What I am learning from my white grandchildren -- truths about race by Anthony Peterson (YouTube)
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (book)
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (book)
What else can you do? Take action!
- Listen to others about their experiences, particularly the Black community experience.
- Have discussions with your friends and family about your privileges, and examine your biases.
- Complete the Census and encourage your friends and family to do the same – it is vitally important to be counted so we can all be accurately represented.
- Register to Vote & Get out and Vote - not only in the National ballot, but at local and state levels.
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
While we celebrate our differences, we are united in our goal to create a better world for all.
The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
June 3, 2020