Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Statement on 2016 Election

Tue, November 15, 2016
Statement on 2016 Election
CAAS

It has been a week since Donald Trump’s election as 45th president of the United States. He ostensibly won as an “outsider” on promises to shake up the American political system, but his campaign was also attended by racism, which has given legitimacy to violence against people of color, deportation threats, virulent Islamophobia, blatant misogyny, and sexual violence against women and LGBTQ individuals. With his election, everyday acts of violence have become commonplace—we experience, and hear of attacks on Asian Americans, hurtful racial epithets thrown by random strangers against people of color, queer violence, and KKK rallies.
 
We at CAAS hope that you are safe, and have communities that support your work. We also hope that you are learning from the analysis, and guidance offered by African American, Asian American, indigenous, Latina/o, and Muslim leaders in advancing social justice and equity.
 
As always, the Center of Asian American Studies at the University of Texas re-affirms our commitment to creating intellectual and community spaces that make our campus and its environs safe for all. We are here if/ when you need us. The Center is committed to offering academic resources for combatting racism, homophobia, and misogyny, and for supporting students and faculty whose work expands understandings of race, gender, and justice in the 21st century.
 

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