“Love, America” — Speech at Binghamton University Rally Against Asian Hate Transcript

  1. If you must devolve to violence, have some dignity and beat, maime, and kill me instead. I am a young man. I’ve told you my dreams. I’m about to graduate and continue my life of love, surely, I’ve much more to lose from than those elderly women. Is this the land of the free and the home of the BRAVE? Where grandmas cannot walk to buy eggs without the fear of death? Or perhaps talk to me, hear my story, and love me. Realize that you have let hate blind you, but know you still have love.
  2. Like you, I had once hated myself, but now I live every minute with nothing but love. I am a soldier of the gospel of love, I will spread it until hate is no longer, and my first mission is to directly redeem your heart of hate. Because if you harbor a hate so violent that murders elderly American women on a bad day, then within me is the creative and redemptive love powerful enough to understand you, forgive you, believe in your goodwill, and help you realize your love. And in the time of human history, love will always triumph over hate.
  1. Please don’t tell my mom about what I just said about telling racists to come after me instead. She will kill me worse than any racist. Thank you.
  2. Do not worry. I have zero desire of being martyred. I love living and laughing with you all too much. My offer is not radical when you consider the tragic reality that Asians are now in. We have an omnipresent target on our backs. We now live in fear, threatened by the knowledge that ourselves and our loved ones can be hurt or killed by anyone anywhere. I am simply taking control of that vile threat and using it to give a face, story, and weight to my voice to urgently seize the attention of those who are not listening so that the nation cannot ignore or silence it for a second longer. It is my experience that 99% of Americans are amazing and selfless people, and I believe the good people of the United States will protect me.
  3. Please search for your voice and share your story, but submit them through love. I feel your rage and your pain, however we must not let the hate of the shooter capsize our own hearts or let our voices succumb to violence. Our enemy is hate, not people. As Asians, we are neither black nor white, we have been attacked and befriended by both black and white. We have the unique ability to unite this country against hate and we can only do it with love. Let us elevate our voice above race not by screaming stop Asian hate, but by screaming stop racial hate.
  4. However, many of you are silent because you are trying to ignore our new reality. That unspoken contract of submissive and silent acceptance of their racism is now VOID because they are killing the people who have sacrificed the most for us. Have our elders really come all this way, sacrificed and endured everything, just to be killed on the streets? What good will that money be if they kill your mother? What good is all those years of hard studying if you can lose it in an instant? Do you want your children to live everyday with the fear that one day you’ll be slow pulling out your pepper spray and won’t come home to them? We can do more than buying guns and lying to ourselves that we can physically fight them. We must also go on the offensive of love to fight hate at its source TODAY. We cannot wait for time. Time is a neutral force, and if we the good Americans do not utilize it constructively, then the forces of evil will surely claim it as demon time. Please search for your voice of love. I understand many of you cannot speak because you are afraid. You want to preserve your friendships, your careers, your family’s safety. I understand. If you cannot speak right now, I humbly beg you to unite behind my voice of love. I cannot do this alone. I need help planning, organizing, marketing, fundraising, marching, and dismantling all manifestations of racism. Your inspiration will be more powerful than anything I can do alone.

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