Peter Liang, Asian Americans And Black Lives Matter Discussion

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Peter Liang, a 28-year-old NYPD officer shot and killed Akai Gurley, an unarmed, Black man in a Brooklyn housing project. He was convicted by the grand jury of second-degree manslaughter and official misconduct. Liang's conviction aroused divided responses in Asian American community. Some Asian Americans denounced that Liang has been used for a political concession to Black Live Matters protestors as a response to disproportionate state violence on Black lives. Many other Asian Americans, however, have taken a more radical stance and been mobilizing to hold all police accountable. They stand for broader racial justice in solidarity with Black Communities and Black Lives Matters movement.

On February 20, 2016, thousands of Asian-Americans took to the streets in major US cities to protest the conviction of Liang, marking the first massive protest of Asian Americans in years. It is telling to see that on one hand, Asian Americans are developing a new political articulation instead of being politically silent anymore; on the other hand, the first massive protest by Asian Americans in the U.S. was held in defense of a police officer who killed an innocent black man.

Please join us this Thursday evening for a community conversation on Asian American organizing, police brutality in communities of color, interracial solidarity organizing, and the challenges and opportunities around these issues.

Sponsored by Center for Asian American Studies, Asian Desi Pacific Islander Collective (APAC), Students for Equity and Diversity (SED), and Austin Cultural Salon (奥斯汀文化沙龙).

华裔警官梁彼得(Peter Liang)2014年于布鲁克林公共住宅楼梯间巡逻时手枪走火,子弹从楼道的墙壁反弹到非裔男子葛利身上,造成葛利死亡。就此事件,2016年2月11日,纽约当地法院陪审团裁定华裔警官梁彼得负有二级谋杀罪。此判决引起了美国华人社区的强烈不满。在美华人在2月20日于美国40多个城市举行了大规模的示威游行声援梁彼得。由于对案件的不同态度,美国的华人团体也分为了不同的阵营。对于华裔警察梁是美国近来警察暴力执法时间中第一位被定罪的警察的这一事实,有人认为对于梁是美国政府为了平息黑人与警察冲突的牺牲品,对他的裁决有失公允;也有人认为虽然梁作为第一位被定罪的警察十分不幸,但这是他作为警察过失杀人应该负的责任。面对媒体和自媒体对梁彼得事件错综复杂的报道和剖析,我们应该如何认识华人社区对梁案件的反应?该事件对华人参与美国民权运动意味着什么?我们应该如何讨论和参与该事件才能避免把华人放到与黑人对立的局面?

此次由德克萨斯大学奥斯汀分校Asian American Center组织, Asian Desi Pacific Islander Collective (APAC), Students for Equity and Diversity (SED)和奥斯汀文化沙龙赞助的社区讨论邀请到了奥斯汀220游行草根组织者,法律学者,民权运动团体“黑人的命也是命”(BLM)奥斯汀分部代表。我们将与在校学生及奥斯汀居民共同从不同的角度讨论,思考和理解梁彼得事件。
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By: UT Center for Asian American Studies

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