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Updates from the City of Brotherly Hate

December 22, 2009

Here is an update about the series of attacks on Asian American students in Philadelphia mentioned in an earlier post.

-One Dec. 3, 26 Asian American students from South Philly High School were assaulted.

-Asian American students at the high school launched a boycott of classes to protest the school’s continuing inability (or unwillingness) to address this problem honestly.

-Philadelphia school administators initially downplay these attacks suggesting that school violence is allegedly down 55%. See the video above.

These alibis are not surprising given that there is evidence that South Philly High School staff helped to promote anti-Asian racism at the school and the history of the Philadelphia School District in general.

-The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a lawsuit with the US Department of Justice (sic) against the Philadelphia School District over the handling of this problem.

-Asian American students end their boycott and return to classes at South Philly High on December 16.

Here are some more links:

Students Boycott South Philly High

 26 Asian Students Attacked at Philly High School

Hate in the City of Brotherly Love: Asians at South Philly

Escalation of Student Racial Violence in Philadelphia

Asian students are being attacked at South Philadelphia High School, and are boycotting all week

Asian students describe violence at South Philadelphia High

South Philly High Students Speak Out, Target Ed Staff

Asians say officials, not kids, are the problem at South Philly high

My “Post-Racial” Racial Post

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandy permalink
    December 30, 2009 6:09 am

    This breaks my heart so much – the violence of racism. :’(

  2. Kid Esq. permalink
    January 12, 2010 3:07 am

    As a young black man, I find this situation/event very disheartening. It’s horrendously disappointing, and why the reason I call out “We’ve got to do better.” These black youth should have known better; our youth is obviously misguided, or simply have been taught nothing but pure violence and destruction. They are exhibiting the same qualities as those who are “Privileged”, or those who are a majority, by attacking a racial group purely based on that- then abusing what little political and media power we have to cover our asses in the news when we should call it what it was; pure ignorance and racism.

    As a generation Y-er, I wish for the black community to extend a hand to both Asian and Hispanic communities in America; it is imperative that all three minority groups group up in unity rather than push against themselves over trivial differences. The black community, specifically black youth, lack a sense of leadership and understanding of our past. If we realized what our fathers and mothers, and grandparents went through- as well as study the structure of American society- we’d realize this path we tread is completely wrong. The problem is, time has enabled us all to forget.

    Anyway, I’ve been keeping an eye on your blog, and thought I should finally say something. I feel as so the future can be bright if we choose to help each other; my only question is when.

    Thank you for your blog, and don’t stop!

  3. January 17, 2010 4:25 am

    Thanks for your heartfelt and insightful comments, Kid Esq!

    Your points were spot on.

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