Black Lives Matterについて母としての思い

Last Updated on 2024-03-07 by Teni

This Japanese post originally appeared on my Instagram. I’m reposting it here along with an English translation. Please read my related post for a detailed response to the current Black Lives Matter movement: On Black Lives Matter, Taking A Stand, and Finding Myself

Black Lives Matterについて 母としての思い












だからこそ、私にとって、Black Lives Matter が必死だと思います。

Black Lives Matterは人種差別反対運動です。世界中にいる黒人ルーツを持つ人が受ける差別の意識を深まる人種差別反対運動です。

「私に何が出来る?」と思いている方は是非、スワイプして、コサカ・ミオさん (IG:@mio.kos)のポストを読んでいただきたいと思います。




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English Translation

I’d like to use this space to talk about Black Lives Matter as a black woman and mother living in Japan.

The systemic racism faced by blacks isn’t just an “American problem,” it’s a global issue.

It’s a matter of human rights.

And, this matter concerns Japan, too.

I first came to Japan when I was 19 years old, and I was moved by the warmth, kindness, and hospitality of Japanese people.

However, the longer I lived in Japan, I realized I was viewing the country with rose-tinted glasses.

I learned about the history of the Ainu people of Hokkaido and that Okinawa was once home to the Ryukyu Kingdom.

I learned that former colonial subjects could not claim Japanese citizenship after the war. Even to this day, “zainichi” Koreans continue to fight for citizenship and suffrage.

Foreigners living in Japan face discrimination.

Children with a non-Japanese parent face discrimination.

The average Japanese person doesn’t have contact with black people. Their images of black people are based primarily on media depictions. The result? An (un)conscious bias against those with darker skin.

My daughter is now 3 years old. She has a black mother and a Japanese father. I wonder what kind of future awaits her?

This is why I believe we need Black Lives Matter.

Black Lives Matter is a movement against racial discrimination. Furthermore, it’s a movement that asks us to acknowledge the racism that Blacks in Japan and Blacks across the globe face.

Mio Kosaka on Instagram (@mio.kos) has written a very informative post about the relationship between Black Lives Matter and Japan. I’d appreciate it if you read it.




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Black Lives Matterについて母としての思い

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