If you think being Black is hard, try being Asian

Ken Dow ✈️
2 min readMay 26, 2021

In 2020, at least 18 Asian Americans were killed in unprovoked attacks by strangers.

How many of them can you name?

I’m guessing the majority of you cannot recall a single name. Here, let me help you out:

  • Weizhong Xiong
  • Huayi Bian
  • Dy Douangkeo
  • Kim Phok
  • Rodney Hu
  • Kelvin Chew
  • Susie Zhao
  • Fahim Saleh
  • Tam Dinh Tran
  • Yogesh Patel
  • Sarmistha Sen
  • Fu Tian Yan
  • Ee Lee
  • Matthew Choi
  • Chung Silk Kim
  • Khiem Ba Trinh
  • Minh Nguyen
  • Shuai Guan

How many Black Americans who were killed in 2020?

Even if you try as hard as you can to avoid the media, I’m sure the majority of you can name at least one. That must be because there’s so many more Black Americans getting murdered that it’s just easier to recall a single name right?

Wrong.

In 2020, 18 Asian Americans were killed in unprovoked attacks.

In 2020, 18 unarmed Black Americans were killed by police.

The same number.

Except, it’s even worse as an Asian American because there are so much fewer Asian Americans in the country population.

It’s even worse because the majority of those Asian Americans were murdered by Blacks themselves.

What about lynchings?

In 1931, there were 13 lynchings. Of those, 12 of the victims were Black.

In 2020, there were more Asian Americans intentionally killed by Black Americans than the total number of Black people who were lynched in 1931.

No, 1931 was not a statistical anomaly. The average number of lynchings for that entire decade was ~12.

Go ahead — fact check me.

And then maybe ask yourself the question of why you still believe American propaganda.

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