Hasan Minhaj’s Monologue About Anti-blackness In South Asian Communities Is What You Need To See Today
The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis policeman has sparked an outrage across the world.
Few weeks ago, an unarmed black man George Floyd was brutally murdered by a policeman in the Minnesota city, Minneapolis, in broad daylight. The 46-year-old was choked to death by Officer Derek Chauvin as he pressed his knee on his neck till Floyd lost conscious and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The video of the incident was widely circulated on the internet and sparked outrage among the black community in the US, giving rise to protests and demonstrations across the country.
However, the anti-black movement ‘Black Lives Matter’ has not just been supported by its western allies but has also found support in South Asia. Bollywood celebrities have turned to social media to show solidarity with the movement, while many Pakistanis too have supported the cause.
But is it enough to support a cause while doing the bare minimum to change the systematic oppression black communities’ face even on our lands? American comedian Hasan Minhaj wants South Asians to introspect.
In a 12-minute long monologue titled ‘We Cannot Stay Silent About George Floyd’ that has now gone viral, Minhaj talks about the hypocrisy of the Asian communities, especially living in the US who believe Black Lives Matter is not their problem.
“Asians, we love seeing black excellence. Obama, Michelle Obama, Jay Z, Beyoncé… how could we be afraid? We love black America. Yeah, on screen. But when a black man walks into your living room and God forbid wants to date or marry your daughter, you call the cops,” he says in the video.
He also calls out Asian people and celebrities who use fairness screens to not look ‘kala’ – a derogatory term used to describe black people in South Asian.
Since the release of the video, many South Asians, including Pakistani and Indians, have been lauding Minhaj for speaking the truth. Because if you are South Asian and think Black Lives Matter is not your problem, then you are part of the problem.
Here is the entire video: