Ying Ma: We Need Courage from Barack Obama and Black Leaders To Denounce Black-on-Asian Violence
MA: "Well, it’s not just Michelle Obama. It’s the Biden administration, it’s most of our political leaders. Even though far too many of these horrific attacks against Asian-Americans are happening practically every other day now, far too many of those attacks are perpetrated by black perpetrators, our leaders simply are afraid to utter the word 'Black.' What we need in this country is an uncomfortable but honest national conversation about the prevalence of black crimes in general and black-on-Asian violence in particular. Now, what we actually could benefit a lot from is the leadership black role models like President Obama, like black leaders in black churches across the country. We need leaders to come out and denounce black-on-Asian violence unequivocally. And, you know, I was a big fan of President Obama when he bluntly talked about fatherless black households back in 2008. That took courage and that took honesty and leadership, and I do hope that he will display the same kind of courage and leadership on this particular issue, especially given that President Obama grew up in Asia, in Indonesia."