BBA Stands in Solidarity With Those Who Value Diversity
May is the perfect month to celebrate the Brooklyn community’s diversity. It is both Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. Among the holidays celebrated are Cinco de Mayo (May 5), which recognizes Mexican culture and heritage; Eid al-Fitr (May 12-13), which marks the end of Islamic holy month of Ramadan; and Shavuot, a Jewish holiday (May 16-18) that commemorates the giving of the Torah. The month closes with Memorial Day (May 31), when we recognize and honor our military veterans -- men and women of all races, ethnicities, and religions -- who died in wars to defend our country. The message of May: There is no room for hate within America’s borders or on its streets.
With this message in mind, the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) pledges to stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Jewish members of our community. According to a recent report issued by the Asian American Bar Association of New York, titled “A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19: Impact, Causes, Solutions,” incidences of anti-Asian hate and violence in the New York City area “skyrocketed in 2020.” (Please see the full report here). Similarly, incidences of anti-Semitic hatred and violence have increased dramatically in New York City and throughout the world. The BBA condemns all acts of hatred targeting people because of their race, ethnicity, or religion. The promise of this great nation is freedom and justice for all. The realization of this promise can be found in a society that values its diversity in May -- and every month in the year.