Tommy Chong on Growing Through Anti-Asian Racism

Grow Through It: Hate, Racism, Bullying

Tommy Chong, half of the comedy team Cheech & Chong, describes experiencing anti-Asian racism from his childhood through his adulthood. He survived the racist incidents with his comedy, his music, and understanding the mindset of the perpetrators. He believes that if you don’t fight back, there’s nothing to fight. He learned the power of prayer, and prays for wisdom.

Kevin E Leven on Growing Through Internalized Racism

Grow Through It: Hate, Racism, Bullying

Kevin E Leven, Co-leader, Bucks County Anti-Racism Coalition, describes his experience growing up black in America in a well-off, privileged environment. This resulted in him internalizing racist ideas that undermined his self-worth and confidence. Leven is learning to prioritize himself and unlearn the patterns he learned as a child. Leven believes that anti-racism is a process, not a finish line. And once you are able to identify racism anywhere, especially in yourself, you are able to take steps to address it.