Black Lives Matter Tokyo was founded June 1 by a half-dozen youths — most of whom, including Todd, are students at Temple University in Tokyo. In less than two weeks, the group has gained the support of several thousand followers on social media.
Todd hopes BLM Tokyo can change the perception of black people in Japan by organizing further demonstrations, creating a diverse community of people and making their work more visible.
Temple University’s Dean, Bruce Stronach, made this statement about the marches:
Yesterday’s march in Tokyo for Black Lives Matter Tokyo was beautiful. Beautiful because it demonstrates the strength of support around the world against racism, discrimination, and brutality of any kind. It made me feel better than I have for weeks to see the diversity in the thousands of marchers, Japanese and non-Japanese alike. The TUJ Community can take pride in the commitment and energy of students like Sierra Todd, one of the central organizers, as well as all the students, staff and faculty who participated by working, walking, donating, or supporting by whatever means. It was also very well organized; powerful but peaceful. We talk a lot about experiential learning and yesterday was a great example of educating the world through social commitment.
As someone who was in university during the late 1960s, yesterday’s march also contained some sadness. Do we have to do this again, and again, and again? The truth is that the world will never be a perfect place but it can be made better. Moving forward takes energy, it takes commitment, it takes organization, it takes awareness, it takes determination. I hope that these are all attributes that TUJ students will bring to bear to make the world a better place for everyone.
TUJ is a half a world away and Japan is very different from the US in certain respects, but as a diverse community we feel the pain of injustices happening to Black communities and people of color, both together and personally. Wherever we are in the world, as global citizens, we must step up and call for justice when justice is called for, and stand against racism, bigotry, and brutality of all kinds.
– Bruce Stronach, Temple University Japan, Dean
Temple University Japan continues its assault on Japanese culture and society, through the mass indoctrination of its student body, which is now pouring out into the streets of Japan, infecting everything it touches. International schools in Japan are portals for cultural marxist poison to seep into the nation. Japan must end international schools in Japan if it has any hope of curbing the indoctrination of their youth.
D’ART Shtajio, a 2-D animation studio situated in Tokyo founded by 32-year-old animator Henry Thurlow, background artist Arthell Isom and his twin brother Darnell. The three created a studio that would infuse American sensibilities in with Japanese anime, and ended up working on some fairly huge anime projects. The Isom twins are both Black men, making D’Art Shtajio one of the first major anime studios founded by Black men.https://www.cbr.com/japans-first-black-owned-anime-studio-should-be-on-every-fans-radar/
Meanwhile, on an unrelated note:
I guess this is going to be a regular thing now.
The bomb threat was sent by email to the Tokyo Immigration Bureau and the Shibuya Metropolitan Police Department on the morning of June 10th. It reads, “Because of the oppression of foreigners, the explosion will happen at 3:30pm on the 12th. If the bomb fails, the staff will be harmed with knives.”
Hundreds of people marched in Shibuya today carrying “Black Lives Matter” with accompanying slogans such as “STOP RACISM IN JAPAN!” and “STOP POLICE BRUTALITY”.
This targeting of individuals based on their appearance has long been an aspect of life in Japan that continually sparks concern and anger amongst the foreign community. This weekend’s protest, spurred on by events in the U.S., shows that more individuals, including Japanese, are losing their patience with racial profiling and are now prepared to take more of a stand against improper treatment of foreigners by police.
In a news story that surprised no one that wasn’t Japanese, well-known TV personality Bobby Ologun hit his wife in the face in front of their three children. Bobby naturalized to Japan from Nigeria.