OAKE Stands with AAPI Communities

OAKE stands with Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities to Stop Asian Hate.

We recognize that racism and violence against AAPI people has increased in recent years; the shooting in Atlanta is one of many incidents of violence and terror that this community has experienced. In the context of a global pandemic that has led to unfair scapegoating, xenophobic sentiments, and violent acts against many Asian-Americans, it is imperative for all of us to stand against racism in any form.

OAKE denounces all forms of hatred, bigotry, and violence. As musician-educators, we recognize the vital importance of a classroom environment in which all students see the experiences and backgrounds of the AAPI communities represented and celebrated. Our students matter; their families, their cultures, and their lives matter. As individual teachers, we have the responsibility of ensuring that all students feel safe and valued. We offer them opportunities to celebrate their own identity as well as to understand the lived experiences of others.

OAKE is committed to supporting culturally responsive music education by guiding teachers to respectfully engage with musical practices of all peoples. We celebrate all people by sharing the music of the world with respect, research, and authenticity, and in doing so, interrupting and dismantling the racism that is so pervasive in our society.

We, as the OAKE Board of Directors, are committed to continuing our education on this important work, knowing that this is a lifelong dedication. We hold ourselves accountable and seek to grow as advocates and educators, and we invite OAKE members to join us in this collective pursuit.

 

Signed,

The OAKE Board of Directors
Find us at oake.org/about-us/board-of-directors/

(Posted 3-30-2021)