Many Asian Americans know relatives who traveled to this country with few means and a tenuous grasp of English, who worked their hardest to secure a better life for their families. Many of us believe—as I did—that if these immigrants could succeed, so can everyone else. With these experiences in mind, it’s easy to respond to protests by arguing that time and effort in the classroom or workplace, not marches in the streets, should be the response to racism.
Thinking the way our administration does has dangerous consequences for our education. They clearly believe that a warning is insufficient, that the words must be omitted in the first place. These forms of learning should not be restricted; instead, a simple fix would be to introduce warnings without erasing the original words.