World Hindu Council (VHPA) Statement on the Press Release Issued by Massachusetts Asian American Commission in Support of Black Lives Matter.
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2. “Deep rooted anti-blackness within AAPI community”
· This statement implies that we are essentially racist people. This is an extremely offensive and baseless allegation.
Please remove it.
3. The unwarranted reference to Dalit Panther Movement has no relevance to the current subject. Please remove it.
4. The horrific killing is a humanitarian issue and we condemn that as human beings. However, we cannot stand in solidarity with all
the rioting and looting in the name of activism that is going on.
5. We cannot stand in solidarity with the AAPI officer and others who stood by watching Floyd being murdered. Why did they not
step in and prevent it? We demand that all of them should be punished to the fullest.
6. The press release claims we stand with the protesters and demand for justice. What justice are we asking for and from whom?
Police officers across the country have kneeled alongside the protesters to register their solidarity. The police officers across the land with a few exceptions are good people. And the police force in most metro areas is already quite diverse. One such bad
incident cannot brush away this reality.
7. Finally, the murder of Floyd is a crime worthy of maximum punishment. But, we need to guard against glorifying any person who had a long and sustained criminal record. Criminals need to be apprehended but not glorified.
The murder of George Floyd is a reminder that we must reinvigorate our pursuit for equity in our society. But those groups that are
using this tragedy and the cover of the protests for looting businesses and resorting to violence, are doing a great injustice to the ause of civil rights. It is shocking to see anarchists pass along fire bombs to some protestors to kill law enforcement officers and peaceful protestors in New York City. There is nothing more sinister than trying to use injustice towards Black lives, as a tool to further
one's geopolitical agenda. The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front of the Embassy of India was vandalized by some of these elements, masquerading as protesters.
We urge Massachusetts Asian American Commission to be cognizant of such malafide efforts as they work towards promoting peace and healing in our communities.
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