UCA Statement on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting in Pittsburgh
October 30th, 2018.
United Chinese Americans (UCA), a nationawide coalition of Chinese American organizations, condemns in the strongest possible terms the racist- and hate-fueled murder of 11 Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 28, 2018. We stand in solidarity with the American Jewish community at this difficult time, and we offer the families of the victims and the survivors our profound sympathy and condolences.
As a community that has suffered enormously from discrimination, violence, and naked racism in American history, we feel a unique and urgent sense of responsibility to fight hatred, violence and intolerance in whatever form, wherever it rears its head in our society.
One year ago, when Indian American engineers were similarly killed by crazed racists, UCA stood up and organized an open letter co-signed by over 100 Chinese American organizations to condemn hate and violence and support our fellow Asian Americans.
Chinese Americans have enjoyed a deep and intimate relationship with our Jewish brethren throughout our common history, not only in America but also in other parts of the world. An attack on the Jewish community is an attack to us all; a Jewish life taken is a life taken from our community as well. We wish to assert in no uncertain terms that Chinese Americans stand shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish community at this sad time.
This senseless killing has once again revealed the ugly face of hate and intolerance in America today. It underscores the national urgency that all Americans must come together to fight against the racism, violence and corrosive political divisiveness that are too prevalent in our society today.
We must and will win this fight for an America that is tolerant, compassionate and peaceful.