Supes approve resolution apologizing to Chinese community for past racist policies

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney joined members of the city’s Chinese community Wednesday morning to speak out against past mistreatment and racist policies adopted by the city throughout its history.

The rally in Chinatown comes a day after the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution apologizing to Chinese immigrants for cruel and outdated policies that ultimately sought to undermine their progress.

“San Francisco’s Chinese community has a deep and rich history, but we must recognize the damaging wrongs our city has done against this community,” Haney said in a statement.


“While many of these injustices happened a long time ago, it is clear that this discrimination continues to happen today. This apology and commitment to budget investments will not erase what has been done. , but are a necessary step for us to address the ongoing violence and discrimination that the Chinese community still experiences,” he said.

In 1860, the state education code prohibited Asian students from attending public schools, prompting San Francisco Unified School District officials to close all Chinese schools in 1870 for the next 15 years. Additionally, the Consolidation Act of 1870, approved by city supervisors, prohibited anyone of Chinese descent from being employed by any state, county, or municipality.

Haney drafted the resolution with former students of the San Francisco Unified School District. Other cities, including San Jose, Antioch and Los Angeles, have already passed similar legislation.

The order comes as the organization Stop AAPI Hate has recorded 762 reported hate crimes in San Francisco against people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent since July 2021. Of those cases, victims of Chinese descent made up the most large part with 63%.

With the resolution now approved, the Asian Pacific Islander Council, a San Francisco-based advocacy group, then calls for increased funding to help advance the city’s Asian and Pacific Islander communities and cultural institutions.

“The goal of this budget proposal is to build and preserve key assets in API’s immigrant corridors and improve the capacity and sustainability of API’s community organization. Although we cannot change the past, acknowledgment and reflection offer a way forward to address historical wrongs and make positive change,” said API Council Executive Director Cally Wong.

“This public acknowledgment of our city’s history of systemic racism against Chinese immigrants is timely as we work urgently to stem the latest wave of hatred and violence against Asian Americans,” the supervisor said. Gordon Mar, of Chinese origin. “As a city that values ​​inclusion and equity, facing our past mistakes head-on is an important step towards healing, safety and justice.”

According to Haney’s office, budget hearings by the Oversight Board’s Budget and Appropriations Committee over the next few months will finalize funding for Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

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