Update: Detroit Hmong youth dialogue about Warren shooting

Today Detroit Asian Youth Project, a youth initiative I’ve been involved with since its inception, organized a dialogue with Hmong youth at Osborn High School about the Warren shooting. About a dozen high school youth attended, including a teacher and counselor from Osborn. Youth shared what they heard about the shooting and what actually took place, contrasting what the media has reported so far. The Warren police, notorious for their racist reputation, hasn’t been very cooperative with releasing investigative details.

What I took away from the dialogue was a sense of hope about the youth who spoke up about the anger they felt, and a recognition that such injustices must be confronted with community action. They spoke with insight and candidness about their life experiences, the realities of racial discrimination, urban life and police harassment. This tragedy brings forth an important opportunity for the Hmong community, particularly its young people, to bring visibility to its community and organize for social change.

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  1. I’d love to here more about the dialogue–specifically what the differences were between what’s been reported and what the kids heard–does the DAYP have acess to computers? it would be fabulous to see some great blogging done by the kids in response to this shit…

  2. mlinz

    Yes, we are still gathering information, and I hope to share the full story from the family soon. The blogging idea is great!

  3. karthik kavasseri

    Hey, my name is karthik and Im from ann arbor and heard about whats going on in the asian community in michigan. Im working currently on networking with many many activists here, in my previous home of lansing, and in grand rapids and detroit to mobilize somehow to fight against police brutality and in some way help the family/community that this happened in. I’m wondering if I could get any contact information or court dates or anything of the sort to perhaps show our support. my email is sepoydespot@yahoo.com

    Here in ann arbor is a very large people of color community, largely asian, that definitely wants to unite. I hope to hear from someone soon.

  4. Karthik, thanks for your support. Will be in touch.

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