Helping take a stand against racism can be as easy as grabbing a beer. Literally. Nick Clark, a brewer based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, has launched the Beer without Borders campaign to call on brewers and beer lovers across the globe to stand together against racism.
“I live in China, my wife is Chinese and we are raising a beautiful mixed-race son here together,” Clark says. “I don’t want him growing up in a world where people are continually attacked due to their appearance, beliefs, or the color of their skin. After dissecting cadavers in anatomy classes I can 100% confirm that we are all the same underneath our protective outer later… we are all human.”
According to a recent study released by Stop AAPI Hate, about 3,800 racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans were reported over the past year. The trend of anti-Asian hatred has been escalating in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks in part to former President Donald Trump’s jokes of “kung flu” or “China virus.“ And of course just last week, six Asian women were shot to death at massage parlors in the Atlanta area.
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But it’s not just about Asians. Attacks have happened on people of all colors globally. Clark says this is what “Beer without Borders” stands for:
“Any attack either verbally or physically committed because of the color of someone’s skin isn’t acceptable.”
He’s come up with an open source beer, sharing recipes for a New England IPA for both breweries and home brewers to follow or customize.
Of course, this isn’t the only thing you should be doing to combat racism, but it’s nevertheless an initiative we can get behind.
Now go get your beer and stand with us.
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