"Consequences for the bullying, violence, or aggression of minorities should be swift and just. Without consequences, we clearly tell students who is protected, and who isn’t." - Minnie Seo ’20
UCLA student and Westport resident Minnie Seo talked about how she thought "chink" and "gook" were cute nicknames when she was called them at Long Lots Elementary School and only later did she learn the truth.
“Racism against our community has been prevalent and normalized. In the wake of any tragedy we hear the same routine words but creating actionable change makes white people uncomfortable.” - Gary Lu ’21
Photo contributed by Carrie Everett ’21
"This country was made by immigrants, we were promised liberty and justice for all. Not some. All. So let's keep up that promise and deliver it to the Asian community." - Anya Nair ’24
“Although there is always talk of dawning racial equality, it is evident that there is not enough being done to protect Asians and other minorities. There is absolutely no justification for having a prejudice against fellow students just because of the color of their skin; it is atrocious and goes against the morals we stand for in our community.” - Jacob Lee ’22
The rally was organized by Westport parents Heather Lee (left), Sarin Cheung (middle), Rosie Jon (right), Katherine Whee, Sara Kang Wiener and Patra Kanchanagom (not shown). The organizers found the Georgia shooting on March 16 to be a tipping point in their growing concern about the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans.
Rosie Jon speaking at the rally.
“Don’t let Saturday’s event be just another day in your life. Take action. Speak up and speak out against discriminatory acts. Don’t be a bystander. You can do more. [...] Also, give adults ideas on how to reach and teach your generation. We may be older but we are learning along with you.” - Sarin Cheung
“What we must have going forward: HONEST conversations about the experiences of BIPOC and LGBTQ communities in our town and the willingness to truly listen and act upon what is shared. We must work TOGETHER to bring about positive justice in our community.” - Patra Kanchanagom
Many state officials and local leaders also attended the rally to speak out and show their support.