NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK LAWYERS

Lawyers Organization Condemns

Violence Against Asian People

NCBL STATEMENT OF OUTRAGE

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March 19, 2021

The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) condemns the vicious, rampant, and violent attacks on Asian community members, including the recent horrific murders in Atlanta.

 

Part of a long legacy of anti-Asian violence in the US, the recent catalysts for these attacks include the ignorant, irresponsible, and deliberate reference to the virus as the “Chinese virus”, a racially-charged term that has been verbalized by attackers during several of these targeted attacks.

 

The continued vilification of China and North Korea has also added to anti-Asian rhetoric and violence.

 

Words are powerful and can have devastating consequences, and even more so when it comes from the mouth of one who was at the highest rung of power.

The NCBL’s mission and history embrace human rights for all people and, attacks on anyone based on nationality or ethnicity should not be tolerated in silence.

 

The NCBL stands in solidarity and supports the call to address and bring an end to these violent attacks, some of which have resulted in the loss of lives to those who are targeted, for no reason other than being Asian.

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The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) is an American association, formed in 1968, to offer legal assistance to black civil rights activists. NCBL is made up of judgeslaw studentslawyers, legal activists, legal workers, and scholars.

Noted clients included Angela DavisAssata Shakur, the Attica Brothers, Geronimo PrattMumia Abu-JamalBen Chavis, and the Wilmington Ten. The organization lobbied against apartheid in South Africa.

 

NCBL expanded from African-American oppression to help other groups in countries like Northern Ireland, the Palestinian territoriesCubaNicaraguaGuyanaGrenada, and throughout Southern Africa.

 

Our mission is: "To protect human rights, to achieve self-determination of Africa and African Communities and to work in coalition to assist in ending the oppression of all peoples."

 

NCBL is a bar association whose primary focus is on the welfare of the Black community. 

 

We are the legal arm of the Movement for Black Liberation.

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