thank you for
marching with us

Currently, we are seeking funding for a Black Lives Matter Tokyo live stream music event, zine, gallery, and the next episode of our webinar series. All proceeds will go to making these events happen and available to everyone.


Presented by Black Lives Matter Tokyo, RealTalk. is a web-based educational series that aims to explore the topics surrounding racism and systemic injustice in the US, Japan and around the world.

For our second episode, we invite speakers to share their views on the topic: Anti-Blackness in Media. The panellists will discuss the history of Anti-Blackness in America and Japan; from minstrelsy to blackface and the issues surrounding cultural appropriation vs. appreciation.


What is Blacklivesmatter?


For 6 years, since the senseless murder of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, Black Lives Matter has worked tirelessly to eradicate anti-black racism, police brutality, and systematic violence in all its forms.

The death of
George Floyd


On May 25th 2020, George Floyd was killed in police custody in Minneapolis. After being arrested and subdued to the ground by four police officers, Officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground with his knee on his neck.

Racism in japan


As residents and citizens of Japan, we are moved to represent the cause of Black Lives Matter. Japan needs to recognize that its negative view of Black people and minorities is ill-informed and outdated. In this modern world, Japan can not continue to be complicit in such racist discrimination.

Black Queer Lives Matter


Black Lives Matter’s story can not be told without the LGBTQ+ community and the sacrifices they have been made to pay.

Black Women’s Lives Matter


Black women are often victims of police brutality and sexual assault from officers.
In the days following the tragic shooting of Ahmaud Arbery on February 23, 2020, only a handful of news outlets were sharing the story of Breonna Taylor.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM THERE?

We cannot forget about the ills of racism. We cannot forget about the Black men and women who have been killed by the hands of hatred and police brutality. We must say their names.

© BLMTOKYO. All rights reserved. Not yet affiliated with the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

WHAT IS ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’

Since the murder of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year-old walking back home from a convenience store, and the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, #BlackLivesMatter has worked tirelessly to eradicate anti-Black racism, police brutality, white supremacy, and systematic violence in all its forms.

Here are the unquestionable truths about police violence and misconduct against the Black community and the people they vow to serve.

Between 2013 and 2019, 7663 people died as a result of police violence and battery in the US (1). 1,944 of them were Black males.
The Black population of America comprises 13% of the total population, yet Black Americans are two and a half times more likely than white Americans to be killed by police(2).
Black women are 1.4 times more likely than white women to be killed through police violence3).
In 2019 alone, there were only 27 days of no recorded police killings(4). Use of police violence is the 6th highest killer of young Black men in the US(5).

Police are indicted for only 1% of all police killings(6).
As of 2013, Black youth are 4 times more likely to be committed than white youth(7).
Between 2005 and 2011, 28% of all sex-related police crimes in the US were under the age of majority. 7.3% of those crimes were against children aged from newborn to 11 years old(8). Between 2005 and 2007, 24% of on-duty sexual misconduct by police officers involved a Black minor(9).
As those who were sworn to protect feverishly kill Black American men and women in droves, #BlackLivesMatter stands against this disgusting tirade. Through #BlackLivesMatter, the Black community around the world demands to be treated with dignity and respect, and as MLK prayed for his children, ‘to not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character’(10). A simple request to be treated like everybody else. No more. No less.

After 6 long years, #BlackLivesMatter stands proud, now comprised of 16 chapters in North America and a thriving global network of brothers, sisters, and comrades ready to fight.

So why are we talking about this now?

1. https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/s/MPVDatasetDownload.xlsx
2.https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/05/mapping-police-killings-black-americans-200531105741757.html
3.https://www.pnas.org/content/116/34/16793
4.https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/
5.https://news.umich.edu/police-sixth-leading-cause-of-death-for-young-black-men/
6.http://copcrisis.com/
7.https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/racial-disparities-in-youth-commitments-and-arrests/
8.https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/249850.pdf
9.http://static1.squarespace.com/static/53f20d90e4b0b80451158d8c/t/560c068ee4b0af26f72741df/1443628686535/AAPF_SMN_Brief_Full_singles-min.pdf
10.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3170387.stm
11.https://blacklivesmatter.com/chapters/


The death of George Floyd

On May 25th 2020, George Floyd was killed in police custody in Minneapolis.

After being arrested and subdued to the ground by four police officers, Officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground with his knee on his neck. Floyd struggled to breathe, pleading clearly with the officer, saying at least sixteen times “I can’t breathe” and begging for his mother(12).

The other policemen put pressure on his chest and held back people who tried to intervene with the murder. After 6 minutes, Floyd was unconscious. Even after paramedics arrived on the scene Officer Chauvin did not remove his knee from the incapacitated man.

After 8 minutes 46 seconds he showed no signs of life and an hour later he was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center(13). Pathologist, Michael Baden, claims “He was dead before they put him on the stretcher.” The world saw this display of police brutality.


The disgraced Officer Chauvin was fired and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter(14). The three other officers have been fired and charged with aiding and abetting murder.

George is survived by his 6 year old daughter Gianna and her mother, Roxie Washington.

Through pained sobs and tears, Roxie demands justice for the loving father that Gianna has lost. For the father that won’t be there when she needs guidance. For the father who should be there to walk her down the aisle. For the father that loved her from the moment she took her first breath(15).

This carnage is inexcusable. This is why the seemingly endless slaughter needs to stop. This is why we need Japan to step up.

12. https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000007159353/george-floyd-arrest-death-video.html
13.https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11763621/george-floyd-died-many-minutes-before-hospital-pathologist-says/
14.https://www.cbsnews.com/news/derek-chauvin-officer-george-floyd-death-department-of-corrections-detention-facilities/
15.https://www.cbsnews.com/video/mother-of-george-floyds-child-speaks-out-this-is-what-those-officers-took/#x


What about racism in Japan?

As residents and citizens of Japan, we are moved to represent the cause of Black Lives Matter. Japan needs to recognize that its negative view of Black people and minorities is ill-informed and outdated. In this modern world, Japan can not continue to be complicit in such racist discrimination.

One does not have to look far to see racism, bigotry, xenophobia and ignorance in Japan.

You can see it in the black and red vans of ‘Uyoku Dantai’ as they blast imperialist propaganda at ear-blistering volumes.
You can see it when the Ministry of Justice carries out anti-hate speech campaigns when it's convenient to do so, but continues to allow hate speech itself to be completely impunitive(16).
You can see it when Japanese/Black children are called kuronbo(17) (the n-word) in the classroom just as Ariana Miyamoto, Miss Universe Japan 2015, was, or when her victory was met with scorn and vitriol with critics saying “the idea is to have a Japanese representing Japan” and "I think it's bad that a 'half' has become the Japanese representative"(18).
You can see it when the comedy duo ‘A Masso’ think it’s acceptable to joke about Tennis Champion Naomi Osaka’s skin, saying she "needed some bleach" and that "she is too sunburnt(19), then apologize without having the decency to even mention her by name.
You can see it when Lara Perez Takagi, Co-Director of the powerfully informed ‘Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan’, recalls her childhood being bullied, pushed and hit by other kids, simply because she was ‘hafu’(20).
You can see it on the faces of people when they have no idea about Yasuke, the African Samurai and bodyguard to the legendary shogun, Oda Nobunaga.
But who else is affected by racism and systemic violence?

16. http://www.moj.go.jp/ENGLISH/m_jinken04_00001.html
17.https://www.tokyoweekender.com/2015/05/universal-beauty-ariana-miyamoto-strikes-a-blow-for-racial-diversity/
18.https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1745682/japanese-miss-universe-entrant-ariana-miyamoto-faces-racial-backlash-due
19.[https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/naomi-osaka-raciusm-scandal-japan-a-masso-085714472.html?guccounter=1&gucereferrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&gucereferrersig=AQAAAGRyH583dApTQF7SI4wMbpaSQEaHdTNYqVmN7iwVfuEDsGSmU-TyrSDMwkoq9Ml485vF7rNhrg8dIhs3frvpthx70ztsZ6Si-i38V535Au0uEe1jL1AiKhWX96ejrOuRl9V69uaGk70aAdAdGgYpw8gtSdHVhhkBhV4MWH9RlD5U)
20.[https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/naomi-osaka-raciusm-scandal-japan-a-masso-085714472.html?guccounter=1&guce
referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&gucereferrersig=AQAAAGRyH583dApTQF7SI4wMbpaSQEaHdTNYqVmN7iwVfuEDsGSmU-TyrSDMwkoq9Ml485vF7rNhrg8dIhs3frvpthx70ztsZ6Si-i38V535Au0uEe1jL1AiKhWX96ejrOuRl9V69uaGk70aAdAdGgYpw8gtSdHVhhkBhV4MWH9RlD5U)


Black Queer Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter’s story can not be told without the LGBTQ+ community and the sacrifices they have been made to pay.

On the night of June 28, 1969, history was made at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York.

It was on that night during a police raid that LGBTQ+ people led their first major action against the NYPD (New York Police Department) and their discriminatory practices towards queer people. During that raid, a biracial lesbian by the name of Stormé DeLarverie resisted arrest, screaming out to others there,

“Why don’t you guys do something?”

The crowd then rose up, and the Stonewall uprising began.

Led by Black and Brown trans and queer folks, the rebellion that followed lasted six days. There were protests and violent exchanges with the police, the likes of which had never been seen during that era.

Though the historical record is often debated, many credit Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender woman, with throwing the first brick at Stonewall, and Stormé with throwing the first punch. What’s clear is that Black and Brown LGBTQ+ folks played an integral role in the uprising, and began the loud and proud fight for queer and trans rights across the globe.

In Japan, the LGBTQ community faces discrimination even at the highest levels of Japanese society.

Masumi Tsurusashi, Member of the City Council of Ebina City, Kanagawa Prefecture, tweeted the Asahi Shimbun in response to their report on an attitude survey regarding same sex marriage,

“If abnormal people increase, human beings will become extinct. … Homosexuality is abnormal. [The media]' should be more responsible [and not] report abnormal activities.(21)”

This kind of unprogressive attitude is unbecoming of a nation known for its kind and gentle nature.
The struggle endured by the LGBTQ+ is far from over.

Since 2013, 122 Black transgender people were victims of anti-transgender violence(22)
In 2019, 90% of the reported Black transgender people killed were Black transgender women(23)
In 2019, 18% of Black LGBTQ youth were subjected to unwanted sexual acts(24)
In 2011, 38% of Black LGBTQ reported having been harassed by the police, double that of white LGBTQ victims. 15% reported physical assault, and 7% reported sexual assault at the hands of the police. One victim is quoted as saying “After I was raped, the officer told me that I got what I deserved(25)
In 2015, the violations committed against Black transgender women by police officers continued. 17% reported having been psychically assaulted, sexually assaulted, or forced to commit sexual acts to avoid arrest(26)

21. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/30/national/social-issues/city-assembly-member-in-hot-water-over-discriminatory-tweets/#.Xttz5J4zZpI
22.https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/Anti-TransViolenceReport2019.pdf?_ga=2.144353653.1741575542.1591322480-1503365639.1591322480
23.See previous footnote
24.https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/HRC_2019_Black_and_African_American_LGBTQ_Youth_Report-FINAL-web.pdf?_ga=2.185753705.1741575542.1591322480-1503365639.1591322480
25.https://www.transequality.org/sites/default/files/docs/resources/NTDS_Report.pdf)

Black Women’s Lives Matter

Black women are often victims of police brutality and sexual assault from officers.

In the days following the tragic shooting of Ahmaud Arbery on February 23, 2020, only a handful of news outlets were sharing the story of Breonna Taylor.

Midnight March 13th 2020, Louisville police were serving a no-knock warrant looking for 2 men on suspicion of involvement in a drug ring. After a forced entry and a brief altercation, the police sprayed the house with gunfire. Breonna Taylor was instantly killed by 8 of those shots as she lay in bed resting from a hard day's work. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker was taken into custody and charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.

In the days following, disturbing details of the raid came to light. Walker, who is licensed to carry a firearm, asserts that he acted in self defense thinking he was about to be robbed in the middle of the night. The officers never identified themselves as police. The police maintain that they knocked several times, despite serving a no-knock warrant. There is no body-cam footage to prove their claim. The charges against Walker were later dropped(27).

The real tragedy comes in this additional detail. The person the police were looking for was already in custody and they didn’t need to raid the house at all. Breonna’s death could’ve been completely avoided if the police had been efficient in the evaluation of the situation. While Breonna’s mother, Tamika, is left broken at the loss of her daughter who planned on becoming a nurse to help those in need, justice is nowhere near being served. The case barely progresses forward and the 3 officers involved are still on administrative leave(28).

Breonna Taylor, did not deserve this fate and her death is another example of the disgusting lack of accountability that the police enjoy.

The widespread murder, brutality, and sexual assault against unarmed Black women at the hands of white male officers is often invisible to the public eye, but it happens. The social justice scholar Monique W. Morris while discussing her new documentary Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools talked about how “protests are often in the name of men and boys, and we forget that so many girls, young women, transgender women and girls are disproportionately impacted by the same state-sanctioned violence that our men and boys are experiencing.”(29)

Black women are no strangers to suffering at the hands of the police, but their plight often falls through the cracks and quantifiable research is hard to come by.


Between 2005 and 2007, 32.2% of cases of sexual misconduct against Black women by police officers involved forcible fondling or statutory rape(30).
Between 2001 and 2005, 48% of the victims of violent crime such as rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault, were Black(31).
Despite the Black population making up 13% of the overall population, Black women comprise 32.6% of the female prison population(32).
In 2013, in New York State, where the population was 27% Black, 53.4% of the police stops on women were Black women(33).
#SayHerName

This hashtag puts the spotlight on Black female victims of police brutality. #SayHerName
pays tribute to the memory of Black women who have senselessly lost their lives and assures that the efforts of Black women in the fight for justice and equality are never forgotten.

27. https://www.nytimes.com/article/breonna-taylor-police.html
28.https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/05/us/breonna-taylor-birthday-charges-arrests-case-trnd/index.html
29.https://www.shethepeople.tv/news/breonna-taylor-racism-black-women/
30.http://static1.squarespace.com/static/53f20d90e4b0b80451158d8c/t/560c068ee4b0af26f72741df/1443628686535/AAPF_SMN_Brief_Full_singles-min.pdf
31.https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/bvvc.pdff
32.https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CAT/Shared%20Documents/USA/INT_CAT_CSS_USA_18555_E.pdf
33.http://static1.squarespace.com/static/53f20d90e4b0b80451158d8c/t/560c068ee4b0af26f72741df/1443628686535/AAPF_SMN_Brief_Full_singles-min.pdf

Where do we go from here?

We cannot forget about the ills of racism. We cannot forget about the Black men and women who have been killed by the hands of hatred and police brutality. We must say their names.


Oscar Grant
Aiyana Stanley-Jones
Trayvon Martin
Michael Brown
Tamir Rice
Eric Garner
Botham Jean
Atatiana Jefferson
Ahmaud Arbery
Breonna Taylor
George Floyd

George Floyd cannot be allowed to simply become another statistic alongside the 7,663 men and women who were killed before him.

As protesters take to the streets, demanding justice, there is one glimmer of hope as Gianna Floyd gleefully admires “daddy changed the world”(34). This is the quiet, peaceful prayer of a 6 year old who should be going home to her father. Institutional racism and police violence have robbed her of that ever happening again.

Gianna’s prayer can easily be answered. It can be answered with the extermination of the disease that is racism. Hate speech and police brutality are the facilitators of this disease. We implore our Japanese comrades and the Japanese government to stand up and take decisive action against this sickness, and to be an example for justice and equality on the world stage.

“Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.”
― Barack Obama

13. https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/world/george-floyds-daughter-daddy-changed-the-world/video/15d1679958efc570550a3cefa5b87f74


Resources


日本語での情報ソース:

Donate your love
【Black Lives Matter】アメリカの黒人差別|2020年現在のアメリカで起こっていること
「人種差別抗議デモ」世界中で大規模化する理由
Letters for Black Lives | 日本語
#BlackLivesMatterに関する日本語資料


インスタグラム上の投稿:
shinobunxgn
Blossomtheproject
Ko_archives
Kayeyugami
euro719
dvdtyng
Brut.japan
suzukitayama
Japan in Solidarity
Japan for Black Lives

Ways you can help


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Black Lives matter
peaceful march

SUNDAY JUNE, 14TH - 14:45
YOYOGI EVENT PLAZA

Specific to COVID-19 Pandemic
特にコロナウイルスについて

Wear a mask and maintain a social distance.
マスクをして、ソーシャルディスタンスを保ちましょう。

Don’t attend if you are at risk infecting someone who is immunocompromised
Consider quarantining for 14 days after you protest, if you are concerned.
免疫力の弱い方を感染の危険に晒すかもしれない場合は、マーチに参加しないでください。
もし気になる場合は、マーチに参加した後14日間自己隔離することも選択肢に入れてください。

General guidelines

1. Remain peaceful. It is a peaceful march. Please do not engage in or attempt to instigate aggressive behavior. Respect property and behave kindly to any spectators.
平和的な行動を:これは平和的なマーチです。攻撃的なふるまい・態度を取ったり、煽るようなことはしないでください。財産を尊重し、沿道の人たちには親切にふるまいましょう。

2. Don’t litter, stay clean. We don’t want to be responsible for any trash left behind.
Keep a lookout for anything that might cause trouble or anything that doesn’t look peaceful.
ポイ捨てせず、街を清潔に保ちましょう:私たちが帰った後にゴミが残っていれば、私たちの責任になります。迷惑になりそうなものや、平和的に見えないものがないか、気を配りましょう。

3.Report anything you see suspicious to one of the staff. (They will have arm badges)
不審なものを見かけたら、スタッフに伝えてください(スタッフは腕章をしています)

4. It is possible we may cross paths with other standing protestors near Hachiko. Please don’t interact or engage to prevent any mishaps.
Ignore if they try to speak to or approach you.

もしかしたらハチ公の近くで、別のスタンディングをしている人々がいるかもしれません。不測の事態を防ぐために、話をしたり関わり合うことはしないで下さい。
もし近づいて来られたり話しかけられても、無視してください。

5. Be careful of the sign you make
There must be a cohesive message from the group of protestors. We will provide a list of suggested slogans and statements
Do not make any statement about a political party
持ってくるメッセージには配慮してください:
抗議のグループとして一貫したメッセージを伝えなければなりません。
スローガンや文言のリストを作りますので、参考にしてください。
特定の政党・政治団体についての文言を持ち込むことはしないでください。



Photography Guidelines
写真撮影についてのガイドライン

1. There will be media presence, as well as the possibility of spectators taking photos. If you’re concerned about exposing your identity, please take precautionary steps:
In addition to wearing a mask, wear a hat or hood to cover your hair and consider sunglasses to better conceal your face.
Wear nondescript, inconspicuous clothing and shoes.
当日はメディアの取材が来たり、沿道の人が写真を撮ります。自分の身元をさらすことに不安がある場合は、予防策を取ってください:
マスクをつけることに加えて、帽子やフードで髪を隠したり、あるいはもっと顔を隠すのに
サングラスをかけてもいいでしょう。
特徴のない、目立たない服や靴を着て来ましょう。

2. Do not take photos of people’s faces without permission.
参加者の顔を許可なくとることはしないで下さい

Accessing the meeting location
待ち合わせ場所へのアクセス

The location of the march start point is the Yoyogi event space near NHK Hall/NHK ホール
If you search Yoyogi event plaza, you should be able to find this area on google maps
マーチのスタートはNHKホール近くの代々木イベントスペースです。「代々木イベントプラザ」とグーグルマップで検索すると見つけられます。

The easiest way to access this location is via either jr or Tokyo metro Harajuku station. If using jr, use the east exit. If using Tokyo metro, take exit 2.
最寄りえきはJR又は東京メトロ原宿駅です。JRの場合は東口、東京メトロの場合は出口2です。

Walk past Meiji Jingu towards Yoyogi park.
You should see the Olympic building on the opposite side of the street. Keep walking until you reach the crosswalk (note: do not enter the main area of Yoyogi park! Walk past it until reaching crosswalk). Once there, cross the street and enter Yoyogi event space area. You should see tiled ground, and trees lining the path. There will be NHK buildings to the right.
明治神宮を過ぎ、代々木公園まで歩いてください。道路の反対側にはオリンピックスタジアムが見えます。横断歩道までそのまま歩いてください(注意: 代々木公園の広場には入らないでください!横断歩道まで真っ直ぐに歩いてください)。そこまで着きましたら、道路の反対側に渡り、代々木イベントスペースに入ってください。歩道の脇に木が並んでいるのが見えます。NHKのビルが右に見えます。

Recommended Slogans

EnglishJapanese
I can’t breathe息ができない
Black lives matter黒人の命は守るべきだ
Stop the violence暴力反対
Justice for GeorgeGeorgeに正義を
We will not forget(私達は)忘れない
All lives can’t matter until black lives matter黒人の命が尊重されない限り全ての人の命が尊重されない
Anti racial discrimination人種差別反対
Discrimination kills差別は人を殺す
Say his/her nameBreonna Taylor/George Floydを忘れない
Discrimination also happens here (in Japan)人種差別はここ(日本)でも起きている
The inside is important (vs appearance)ハートが大事

Printable Posters

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Coming soon

Black Lives Matter Tokyo presents

REAL TALK

【episode #2: Anti-Blackness in Media】
 Zoom Panel Discussion

Registration

Please register from the link below to get access to the webinar.
This is a FREE event
Language: English with Japanese interpretation

Speakers

 • Jaime Smith: Vice-Chair of BLM Tokyo
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 • Baye McNeil: Author, Columnist, and Lecturer
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 • Eric Robinson: Businessman, YouTuber, and Former Actor/Comedian
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Moderator

 • Jaylon Carter: Blogger, Educator and Hip Hop Artist

Translator

 • Labiana Joroe
 • Manami Sunaga
 • Tabasa Ozawa

Presented by Black Lives Matter Tokyo, RealTalk. is a web-based educational series that aims to explore the topics surrounding racism and systemic injustice in the US, Japan and around the world. In each episode, we will engage in important conversations around breaking down stereotypes, achieving racial equity, embracing inclusion and many more.