SAN FRANCISCO — The #BlackLivesMatter movement is gaining momentum with a boost in support from various communities of color — especially Filipinos.
This logo, “‘Filipinx for Black Lives,” which was created by Kalaya ‘an Mendoza has been used on social media and at protests across the country — in a show of solidarity with the black community and in the fight against racism, injustice and police brutality.
Daly City, California Council member and ethnic studies professor — Fil-Am Dr. Roderick Daus-Magbual — agreed that the Filipino community should be in support of the BLM movement.
“So when we talk about this notion of solidarity. Yes we do experience, race and racism. But when we talk about intensity and how it’s interpreted in our communities it’s quite different. I can never ever know the feeling of how it feels like to be a black man walking down the street. I’ve been profiled when I was younger as a Filipino American growing up in the 90s, growing up in SoCal. But again, it’s not at the same intensity.”
Dr. Daus-Magbual said that to truly be in solidarity – people have to do more than just change their profile pictures on their social media accounts.
He said they need to take an active stance on the plight of the black community.
“One is to be educated. Study the experiences of black people. For me it was through hip hop and then it helped me do all these different things and it really related to my experiences. Another thing is to start thinking about goals in our society. We’re weaponizing the police like they’re going to war, And then to go beyond that, like, it’s not just police brutality right? When we talk about black lives they’re the ones that have the highest rates of death in COVID-19. They’re the ones that have more people in jail. So when we talk about these things it’s not just one practice but we have to look at it systematically.”
Dr. Daus-Magbual added that Filipinos cannot stand idly by at a time like this, and should acknowledge our own privilege while exercising empathy for others.
“To quote Dr. Allyson Tintinagco Cubales she talks about Pinayism. She said pain plus love equals growth, But she also said pain plus love plus reflection is liberation. So when I think about that you can come from a place of love, but you have to understand people’s pain. And you got to reflect about that you have to study that. And if we don’t understand these different things then I don’t know how progress can be captured.”