Over the past year, we’ve seen NBA players and coaches speak out against racial injustice and systemic racism in America. Teams have committed to use their platforms to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, including the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Recently, Portland video coordinator and player development coach, Jonathan Yim, delivered an impassioned speech during the Trail Blazers-Mavericks game, taking a stand against the hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
“I would be remissed if I didn’t use this opportunity to address the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, especially those against the elderly women,” Yim said. “This year made me realize how important it is to use my voice, raise awareness and to fight against hate and injustice against all races including the Asian American, Pacific Islander community.”
Yim condemned the recent wave of violence in the wake of the mass shooting in the Atlanta area that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent.
He reminded us that incidents of hate and discrimination are unacceptable and continue to fracture our nation. We must stand up for those who are affected by and vulnerable to racist violence, especially the elderly.
“Each of us must do our part to create a community that celebrates diversity, equality and inclusion. If we do that, we are stronger together.”
Yim also shared this image with Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard.
Lillard remains a role model for social and racial justice.
Lillard also continues his RESPECT campaign to combat bullying.
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