In Grief and Solidarity with the AAPI Community / En Dolor y Solidaridad con la comunidad AAPI

March 22, 2021 | Press Release
Las Vegas Democratic Socialists of America

The Las Vegas chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America mourns the lives of the eight people, including six Asian women, who were murdered Tuesday night in Georgia.

These attacks fit into a xenophobic pattern of anti-Asian violence the capitalist class not only condones, but welcomes as a scapegoat for their complete inaction during the COVID-19 crisis. We agree with national DSA:

“that the gunman’s victims were chosen due to perceptions about their workplace reflects the ongoing misogyny, objectification, and hypersexualization of Asian women, rooted in a long history of imperialism, a continuous dehumanization of the Asian working class, as well as the ongoing criminalization of sex workers.”

We must confront the historical and continued sexual brutalization and dehumanization of both migrant workers and sex workers. Many of the recent incidents targeting the AAPI community have been directed at women, as well as the poor, elderly, and undocumented.

We stand with the AAPI community in grief and solidarity, particularly given Nevada’s diverse and growing AAPI population. According to recent estimates, there are at least 250,000 Asian Americans and 33,000 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders living in the Las Vegas area. Chinese and Japanese immigrants helped build Las Vegas in the late 1800s and have faced over a century of violent, anti-immigrant sentiment.

We must work with our comrades in the AAPI community to dismantle the structures upholding white supremacy, colonialism, and imperialism, as well as the systems perpetuating racist and gender-based violence.

Read the national DSA statement here.

El capítulo de Las Vegas de los Socialistas Democráticos de América lamenta las vidas de ocho personas, incluyendo seis mujeres asiáticas que fueron asesinadas la noche del martes en Georgia.

Estos ataques son parte de una tendencia xenófoba de violencia contra los asiáticos que la clase capitalista no solamente condona, pero dan la bienvenida como un chivo expiatorio para su inacción completa durante la crisis de COVID-19. Estamos de acuerdo con DSA nacional:

“que las víctimas del pistolero fueron escogidos a causa de percepciones sobre donde trabajan, refleja la continua misoginia, objetivación e hipersexualización de mujeres asiáticas que tiene sus raíces en una historia larga del imperialismo, una continua deshumanización de la clase obrera asiática, y también la continua criminalización de trabajadores sexuales.”

Tenemos que confrontar el continuo e histórico embrutecimiento sexual y deshumanización de los trabajadores migrantes y los trabajadores sexuales. Muchos de los incidentes recientes apuntados a la comunidad AAPI han sido dirigidos a las mujeres, y también a los pobres, ancianos e indocumentados.

Nosotros apoyamos a la comunidad AAPI en dolor y solidaridad, particularmente considerando la diversa y creciente población de AAPI en Nevada. Según estimaciones recientes, hay al menos 250,000 asiáticos americanos y 33,000 hawaianos nativos e isleños del pacífico viviendo en Las Vegas. Inmigrantes chinos y japoneses ayudaron a construir a Las Vegas a finales de los 1800s y se han enfrentado a más de un siglo de violencia y sentimientos antiinmigrantes.

Debemos de trabajar con nuestros camaradas en la comunidad AAPI para desmantelar las estructuras que defienden la supremacía blanca, el colonialismo y el imperialismo, así como los sistemas que perpetúan la violencia racista y de género.

Leer la declaración de DSA nacional aquí.

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