The release of racist text messages sent to fellow officers by former San Francisco Police Officer Jason Lai is helping to buck a racial narrative in which white officers perpetrate the bulk of police brutality and bias against blacks.
Lai, who allegedly sent text messages including epithets towards African-Americans, Latinos and Indians, is Cantonese-American, according to a report published Tuesday by CNN.
The officer resigned in early April over a related scandal that ensnared more than a dozen San Francisco police officers, invited a federal civil rights investigation of the department and heightened tensions with the city's communities of color.
In December, Police Chief Greg Suhr beat
back activists' claims that racist attitudes in the department were deeply
rooted after a police officer fatally shot Mario Woods, a 26-year-old African-American who was wielding a knife, in front of several witnesses. Lai's te
"I hate that beaner but I
Lai's involvement in the texting scandal comes after Asian-American activists across the country sought to speak out against real and perceived racism within their community. Activists with the organizing group Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence have said that racism within minority communities, while they don't carry the same weight as racism among whites, contributes to the oppression and injustice experienced disproportionately by African Americans.
In April, the CAAAV condemned
the light punishment for N
"While the Chinese media and some Chinese leaders stood
behind former Officer Peter Liang, as grassroots organizations working
with Asian/Chinese Americans, we continue to stand with the family of Akai
Gurley and other innocent victims of police killings to hold all police
officers accountable, regardless of race," the group said in a statement
released after Liang's sentencing. "We continue to affirm that if we believe in
true racial justice, we cannot excuse an officer for killing an