Coconuts stands with Black Lives Matter and the global movement against systemic racism

We at Coconuts fully support Black Lives Matter and the wider anti-racism movement that has spread across the globe.

Black people in America have for too long been brutalized by the police, incarcerated unfairly, blocked from equal access to enrichment opportunities, and faced general systemic racism.

This needs to end.

One of the most positive impacts of the Black Lives Matter movement in our region is how it has spurred tough conversations about discrimination in Asia.

Examples are countless, but here’s a non-exhaustive list:

  • Indonesian Papuans who face widespread systemic disadvantages
  • Rohingyas driven out of Myanmar by state-sponsored ethnic cleansing
  • Migrant construction workers in Singapore and Malaysia, mainly South Asian, who are dehumanized and exploited
  • Regular use of blackface and brownface caricatures in entertainment and advertising across Asia
  • Widespread promotion of the notion that darker skin is less desirable in whitening cream advertising

One of our three core values at Coconuts is the promotion of equality and justice for all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or wealth. This value imbues everything that we do, both editorially and commercially.

We’re proud to say that we have an incredibly diverse staff, including senior management.

Not only are our employees comprised of many different races, many are multiracial or in multiracial marriages, or parents of multiracial children. In short, we’re a melting pot and this diversity makes us stronger by allowing us to see issues from many different perspectives.

In line with our core values, the main way that we fight racism at Coconuts is by publishing stories exposing it and promoting equality and understanding.

This movement’s got a long way to go. But something seems to have clicked globally, and it seems we’re just getting started.

We will continue pushing for equality and advancing the conversation about racism in the countries that we cover.

You can read some of our stories on race and racism below.

Want to better understand race in Singapore? Here are 101 places to start

Fellow Indonesians, it’s time to talk about racism

Anti-racism protests in the US are shining the light on racism against Papuans in Indonesia

Take a good hard look at our own racism’: Man spotlights comments on migrant workers

Welcome to the Dark Side: How the whitening industry and media fuel colorism in Thailand

For ‘mixed-blood’ citizens, Yangon’s passport office is a racist hell

Everything old is new again: Singapore’s long history with blackface

NOT AGAIN!: Filipino netizens call out SkinWhite for brownface in ad

Actress dons blackface to portray Thai Isaan woman because of course that’s cool (Video)

African-Chinese teen urges fellow Singaporeans not to use the ‘N’ word

DiscriMyanation: A high schooler’s perspective on bigotry in Burma

Malayian ad’s advice for domestic abuse victims? Try being skinnier and whiter

Racially charged rant only applied to Rohingya Muslims, Myanmar Religious Affairs minister assures