The author of this excerpt is a first generation Filipino-American.
Racism is alive and among us, and this is something we as a society cannot deny.
It has always been our social responsibility to acknowledge whenever anyone is faced with wrongful action. With the strongest efforts of our ancestors, who have in any degree, dealt with racism, hatred, and/or discrimination, they have established a better foundation for the younger generations.
It is crucial to note that that applies to everybody in America, however, there is an exponential difference in impact with the people of color.
Needless to say, while the younger generations do not have to necessarily deal with more difficult times the older generations have faced—such as enforced laws of segregation, these mentalities still exist today.
Racism, hatred, and discrimination is much more passive than it used to be.
While this has provided a better—somewhat—means of living the day to day, we are all subject to it, and it is our job and social responsibility to put an end to it indefinitely.
That is a hard thing to say as it could be fundamentally difficult, however, we must do our best to establish a visible awareness to it, acknowledge it, and talk about it—both with people you don’t know and with your close and loved ones.
Our voice is the least we can express in vain of everyone who has sacrificed their time, effort, and lives for us to have a better one in opportunity and equality.
At the end of the day, there’s still a ton of work to do—still, but as of today, there is an outstanding amount of progress.
We will not lose that momentum.
With all that has surfaced this past year of COVID-19, a lot of indifference through politics and the media have surfaced at the forefront.
We’ve recently lost a number of people who, in result, have created a massive impact in our communities.
Let us not forget their names:
…more to list but these are off the top.
DELAINA ASHLEY YAUN
SOON CHUNG PARK
HYUN JUNG GRANT
YONG AE YUE
PAUL ANDRE MICHELS
ELCIAS R HERNANDEZ-ORTIZ
& ALL VICTIMS…
may they rest in power. We must recognize that their passing is not in vain.
As an Asian-American Filipinx business, with the purpose and focus of highlighting the roots of coffee from the Philippines, we are privileged to be able to have a space and platform for the community.
While we appreciate everyone who can enjoy and experience anything we have to offer, let us remember HOW we are able to do that in the first place.
For us it was the sacrifice of our parents, the sacrifice of their parents, and so forth that brought us here to have a better chance at life with less to worry about.
With the most recent events that have occurred, we hear and support the voices in support of the AAPI community. We are committed to sharing the message of positivity and good morals to everyone who steps foot into the shop.
Our doors are open for you as will our ears.
Let’s keep this momentum going and keep fighting!
Thank you @timmytwo_tone (ig) for letting us use a graphic he recently shared for the world to see.
Nothing but love from us.