Richard Aoki (1938-2009), Black Panther Party field marshal.

Lecturing to a group of students in 1995, Aoki reiterated Asian American Political Alliance’s (AAPA) sweeping social analysis: “The first point of our program was, ‘We Asian Americans believe that American society…is fundamentally a racist society, and that historically we have accommodated ourselves to this society in order to survive.’…Point number two:…‘We Asian Americans believe that heretofore, we have [accepted] white standards of acceptability, and we affirm the right of self-determination.’…Point number three: ‘Asian Americans support all nonwhite liberation movements and believe that all oppressed minorities, in order to be truly liberated, must have complete control over the political, economic, and educational institutions within their separate communities.


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