LOL it's not shame. I am proud of my culture,I speak fluent Mandarin and can read... writing is terrible, but whatever I'm ABC. However, I don't tolerate BS. And your holier-than-thou attitude is whats wrong with people. You think by staying quiet and hiding, you are safe, but you're not. People still judge you for your skin color. You will always be judged. And it's crazy to me that you'd judge others the same way because you think your skintone is better than someone else's.There are Mafia in every race. I feel sorry for people who are ashamed of their own skin color.
Is that right? Is that why my grandmother's village was slaughtered during WW2? Is that why my grandfather had to escape China for being an intellectual? (p.s. Asian people killed almost all my ancestors,in case you didn't notice, not peacefully either) Spare me the rhetoric. We are taught to keep our heads down and don't cause trouble. It's not peace, it's fear.We are most peaceful people among all minorities ...
The only time a white dude called "a Chinaman" was in Jr. HS. I took care of him that day. ..People still judge you for your skin color. You will always be judged. And it's crazy to me that you'd judge others the same way because you think your skintone is better than someone else's.
I'm saying here in the US. FYI, Asians are not the minority in Asian countries.Is that right? Is that why my grandmother's village was slaughtered during WW2? Is that why my grandfather had to escape China for being an intellectual? (p.s. Asian people killed almost all my ancestors,in case you didn't notice, not peacefully either) Spare me the rhetoric. We are taught to keep our heads down and don't cause trouble. It's not peace, it's fear.
In the 90s, there were often race wars in the LA area. The Asian gangs were huge. Sometimes they fought each other. Drive by shootings, stabbings. Tons of kids in my school went to juvie and eventually jail. I did not associate with the gang bangers, but everyone knew they were. You can't claim they don't count because you didn't personally "hang" with them. Asians are not better, we just get away with more because of the model minority stereotypes.I'm saying here in the US.
Hi DF, can you clarify your statement please? So when I venture to the wild west of hangouts I usually have you on mute because, well, you like to have a bit of fun and stir the pot don't you? And I need to be sure I am in a calm enough mood to read some comments. Not just you and not just on PS. And not just political. I mute my friends who share too many food pics,baby pics, selfies, etc... I am rather intolerant of a lotWe are most peaceful people among all minorities ...
I don't believe anyone is claiming that those who are rioting as opposed to peacefully protesting, or more precisely those who are instigating violence and/or criminal damage, are all only part of one political group. I stated very specifically that the majority - not all - are observed to be a mix of white nationalists and supremacists, opportunists looking for economic gain from looting, and just flat out angry people looking to "vent' about whatever they're angry about, thinking that the chaos will protect them from getting caught. This is coming from the people on the ground there. That also leaves out the remainder - a small minority - who intended to peacefully protest about the issue at hand, but lost control of their emotions in the moment, and, unfortunately, based on videos I've seen with my own eyes, a few members of the police force instigating violence and aggression, such as in Seattle and in Columbus, Ohio.It’s really irresponsible to post misinformation about the riots/rioters that has repeatedly been refuted, e.g. that they are part of one ‘political’ group. I seriously doubt Joe Biden & Hollywood types would be donating millions to ‘bail funds’ to help them get out of jail if/when arrested if the rioters were what was stated upthread.
Oh for gods sake.
Yeah, that’s it.
You nailed me.
If cutesy snarkisms like this reflect the median maturity of the average American it’s no wonder we’ve got societal problems.
I don’t think you’re more upset about the destruction of a small, family-owned business than you are about George Floyd’s murder. I think you’re right that you can feel empathy for both situations at the same time.
@telephone89 wasn’t applauding or celebrating the fact that that family lost their business. She was applauding their attitude about their situation and the fact that they want to turn the focus back to the importance of the protests. I don’t think she lacks empathy any more than you do.
From my POV, focusing on the looting detracts from the larger issue of violence and murder perpetrated against black people by the police. It also achieves what the instigators of those crimes want to accomplish, which is to tear us apart and get us to condemn the behavior of protesters when it’s not the protesters’ fault.
It’s not my place to say what people can or can’t post here, but I just want to make it clear that nobody is condoning the destruction of family businesses.
Looks like your friend’s account is private @JPie.
Edit - slow typing.
I will not condemn anyone for feeling what they feel about loss and suffering, not will I try to regulate or “peer pressure” others into expressing certain feelings about loss and suffering.
If someone is grieving for a life lost needlessly and unfairly, that’s a valid way to feel.
If someone is angry about racial division, that’s a valid way to feel.
If someone is upset about property loss, that’s a valid way to feel.
If someone is scared for the future of his community, that’s a valid way to feel.
I’m done here for real.
This was a good reading, to give me better perspective and insight into what's happening.
I have to say, I cannot agree with you more. While I'm mostly outraged by the blatant racism and one's life lost so needlessly, I am also incredibly sad that a family business has to accept the lost of their life's work because it was "for good cause". That is especially true if these looters are not part of the peaceful protesters and are causing destruction for their own agendas. What good is coming out of them losing everything then?
Not to mention, just a few days ago we were having heated discussions about the damage being done to our economy, to the small business owners especially, due to cities being closed due to the pandemic. Some of us were adamant that we needed to reopen the cities ASAP in order to save our economy. But today we are ok with a family business losing everything, who probably was already devastated by the pandemic, because it should not be a distraction from the main issue at hand. Am I the only one seeing a hypocrisy in that?
I am not saying their business is worth more than the life of a person. But I'm not ok with dismissing their loss simply because people think it is "less important". They lost their livelihood, and that is important too.
And I am outraged by the thought that small groups are using this situation to further their agendas, bringing violence and destruction to places already struggling with the global pandemic.
What am I missing here? Isn't protocol for them to introduce themselves by name and explain why they're there instead of launching into questions? Shouldn't they have asked if your phone # was XXX-XXXX and explain that emergency dispatch received a 911 call from it? Did you ask to see ID, get their badge numbers and verify with your local station that they were indeed legit officers? Something doesn't feel right to me the way you've explained the encounter. Two years ago we had 2 young men posing as officers (with legit looking uniforms & badges) preying on elderly people -- using stories similar to yours to gain entry to their homes and beating and robbing them. They were caught, thankfully.Last night our bell rang. My dh was in the shower. I opened the door. It was 2 police officers. Young. Polite. They asked if I had dialed 911. I said no. They said am I ok. I said yes. We’re fine. They asked if my phone was working. I said yes. They asked my phone number.