A letter to Hmong Youth of East High: 
As Hmong youth, you are tasked with representing your rich and beautiful culture while having to navigate the injustices of white supremacy culture. That journey is uniquely yours and deeply profound. I see you.
Please know that you are loved and valued in our community.
What happened today, the blatant show of anti Asian sentiment at East High School, is an absolute violation of trust. No individual should ever be subject to the harm of hateful words and racial violence.
Today should have been a day of celebration but it has instead been tarnished by people who hold little empathy. Many Hmong and AANHPI youth will have the experience of being a first in a space, an only, or both.
While being the first or only can be an honor, it is also at times deeply isolating and lonely. To have these feelings compounded with anti-Asian hate is despicable. Our community must reject hate and white supremacy of all forms and work collectively to protect one another
from that harm. Our youth are responsible for growing, learning and honoring their truest selves. Combating hate speech should not be their burden.

Being in the AANHPI community is an honor. To be able to share space with Hmong people is a privilege
a role I value deeply.  To all my fellow AANHPI people, when you hurt, I hurt. However, our collective pain does not have to be a collective sorrow, but a call to care more deeply about one another and to share our strengths.
We must be better in protecting, honoring and respecting one another. I affirm today that promise to you. Let’s take care of one another.

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