deserves or deserve


Senior Member

I'd like to know if "deserves" should have been "deserve" in the following.

“When we call for the eradication of white supremacy, we are saying that Asian Americans, and every other marginalized racial group, deserves to be freed from the violence, intimidation and fear.”

I'd appreciate your help.
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    It should be "deserve".

    We can see that the writer is thinking of Asian Americans as a group of people, but Asian Americans is plural and requires a plural verb.