Asian Americans Call for National Dialogue on Race Post-Ferguson

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Reaction from Asian American civil rights groups and leaders remains overwhelmingly negative to the grand jury decision not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown (Photo by Debra Sweet).

Many called for a national dialogue on racism and a Department of Justice inquiry into the matter.

“We continue to urge the Department of Justice (DOJ) to robustly pursue its investigation into Michael Brown’s death, as well as the Ferguson Police Department’s policing practices,” said a statement from South Asian Americans Leading Together. “The importance of reforming the DOJ’s guidance on racial profiling has never been more urgent, and we continue to call on DOJ to swiftly reform the guidance to meaningfully protect all communities against law enforcement profiling.”

The Council on American Islamic Relations or CAIR called for a national dialogue on race.

“The tragedy in Ferguson makes it imperative that Americans of all races and backgrounds initiate national action to address the issues of systemic racism and police profiling that the shooting brought to the surface. Read more here.