Asian American Organizing Project Stands in Solidarity with Mayor Hodges and Communities of Color in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 7, 2014) — AAOP Interim Executive Director Jay Xiong issued the following statement in regards to KSTP-TV’s November 6, 2014 airing of a news report suggesting Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, and a community member were flashing “gang signs.”
“The members of the Asian American Organization Project (AAOP) stand in solidarity with Minneapolis Communities of Color, Neighborhood Organizing for Change (NOC), and Mayor Betsy Hodges to protest and strongly condemn the overt institutional racism inflicted by KSTPTV.”
“There is no place in Minnesota for a reputable mainstream news organization to air a story that pushed a racist, criminalizing narrative that two people taking a photo while pointing at each other must be flashing gang signs; that somehow have put local law enforcement officers in harm’s way.”
“We call upon KSTP TV as well as their corporate partners and advertising sponsors to take full responsibility, and accountability for this, and news stories that many in the community have seen and experienced as biased, unfair, inaccurate, and in this case, racist.”
AAOP is a local network of Asian Americans and allies, united for grassroots democracy and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society.