This racial violence against people of color — specifically against Black and Asian people — is the representation of decades of discrimination maintained by American xenophobia and oppression. It reminds me of racial triangulation, a concept created by UC Irvine political science professor Claire Kim, which argues that Asian Americans “have been racialized relative to and through interaction with Whites and Blacks,” and that Asian and Black Americans have been pitted against each other by systems of White nationality that benefit from excluding others.

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