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Can we use the laws to fight hate speeches?

by on Aug.28, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism

Why is there no any lawsuit against any hate speech? Can’t we sue hate speech rally speakers for defamation or incitement of violence?

By the way, I do not understand why the US government would allow hate speeches to go on. Is there not any criteria to meet for speeches to be allowed to be given in public? The right to free speech should not be in conflicts with the right to be free from being defamed or being physically threatened.

The right to free speech is the right to expression of opinions. Defamation and incitement of violence are not expression of opinions.

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Black lives ALSO matter vs. ONLY Black lives matter

by on Aug.26, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism

I guess one of the reasons why there is a conflict over “Black lives matter” is that different people understand “Black lives matter” differently. Those who champion “Black lives matter” want to stress that Black lives ALSO matter. Those who stress that “All lives matter” think “Black lives matter” means “ONLY Black lives matter”.

When people feel that they are being oppressed, they try hard to assert their rights. If two groups of people both feel that they are being oppressed by the other group of people, they both fight against the other group. That is how two groups get into a fight.

To stop two groups from fighting, politicians and the media need to stop making their group feel that the other group is trying to oppress them or that the other group is the problem, that they need politicians and the media to help them fight the other group. Tension between two groups keeps increasing because politicians and the media want the people to feel that they need politicians and the media to fight against the other group on their behalf. Steve Bannon was one such politician when he was serving in the Trump administration. Trump is less so, but still a rather polarizing politician.

By the way, I don’t think Obama was the one who increased tension between Black and White Americans. Some in the media were.

 

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The fight against racism should not be violent

by on Aug.21, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism

Racism comes from two sources. One is prejudice. The other is the desire for protection of interests.

When people get violent, it is either because they want to protect their interests, or because they disrecpect the people they abuse.

The fight against racism should not be for the protection of interests because there should not be real conflict of interests between those who embrace racism and those who fight against it. The fight against racism should be for overcoming prejudice only. So it should not be violent. If those who fight against racism get violent out of disrespect for those who embrace racism, then they are becoming the people who they fight against.

Most people who fight against racism are not violent. But some are. And those who use force are increasing tension with those who they fight against and invite more violence.

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The wrong approach to combating racism

by on Aug.17, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Drug Abuse>Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism>Posts>Opinions>Politics>Terrorism

Calling racist people racists will never stop them from being racist. Racists do not reason or reason the way normal people do. And they are very strong-willed. The more they are called racists, the more stubbornly racist they become.

When you want to change them, you can not openly oppose them and make them feel that you are their enemy. So it is actually better that Donald Trump is soft on them, no matter it is because he is racist himself or because he does not want to offend them. Let’s be soft on Donald Trump as well. I used to think that Donald Trump should not be the President. But now I see why we need Donald Trump in the White House. This is the only way to decrease tension with a rather large part of the population. The racists who went to Charlottesville last weekend are not the only racists in the US. There are in fact a lot of racists in the US. That is why there is the Fox News channel.

Fighting racism should be similar to fighting terrorism and drug addiction. We have to find the root cause of the problem. We have to try to help people who embrace racism out. In fact, some racists do do drug and some do get violent.

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These people need help!

by on Aug.15, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism>Posts>Opinions>Politics>Terrorism

I am joining many others to mourn the loss of Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday. (To find out more about her, please read “Heather Heyer is a civil rights martyr“) As far as I know, she is the third person since Trump got into office who has been killed by a white supremacist while fighting racism. I really do not want anyone else to be killed in their fight against racism.

Please do not to get into a physical confrontation with those who disagree with you. Go online to have a debate, or hold your own rally (as suggested by David Swanson in Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville). And try in your daily life to help people who hold extreme views out, not to get them into even more troubles.

Whenever people become violent, what we should see is that they need help. Something is not quite right in their lives or they think that something is not quite right in their lives, and so they are acting out. Extremism is not a solution to their problems. But extremism is a signal that we should not miss. It is like cancer. It is better viewed as a sign that something need to change or be done to bring harmony back to the society rather than something to fight against or eliminate. When the society returns to harmony, extremism will go away.

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My thoughts on Trump’s travel and immigration ban

by on Feb.01, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Immigration & Globalization>Immigration>Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism>Posts>Opinions>Politics>Terrorism

First of all, I agree with Dallas Mayor’s assessment that Trump’s travel ban could help radicalize extremists. Whether or not there is any good reason for Trump to order such a ban is not as important as it is how the ban will be seen by the world. I am sorry to have dismissed political correctness. Political correctness is not unimportant in this case.

As to Trump’s motivation for this ban, I can only speculate. There could be a few reasons for Trump to have come up with this ban. There could be an innocent reason for the US to stop accepting refugees from Syria. I was once a refugee. So I know something about how things work for refugees. When conflicts end in the country where they come from, refugees are supposed to go back to their country if they have not resettled in another country. Whether refugees from Syria should still be sent to other countries to resettle there depends on whether conflicts have ended in Syria. Trump probably does not want to think that there are still conflicts in Syria. In reality, conflicts do not usually end so quickly. If Russia is still supporting the Assad regime, conflicts will still be there. Even after all foreign forces have left Syria, there could still be a civil war there. There will be peace there eventually. But probably not right now.

That being said, a lot of people, including myself, feel that Trump’s ban is motivated more by some people’s fear of, or worse, hatred for, Muslims. This is because Trump got into power partly by making promises to people who fear or hate Muslims that he will protect them. When government policies are made out of fear or hatred, they can not be reasonable. Why do some people have to be inconvenienced and disrespected? Human rights are not just for the majority. They are for everyone. If Trump does not want to be misunderstood, he should offer as much explanation for his decision as possible. By simply saying because the US has the need of finding extremists, some people have to be inconvenienced and disrespected, Trump is showing disrespect for these people. I can therefore tell that disrespect is the most important reason for Trump to come up with the ban. Of course, trying to keep his campaign promises, and by extension, keep his job, is another reason.

By the way, if stopping extremists from entering the United States is the reason for the ban, I can not understand why Iran is on the list of countries whose citizens are to be banned. I can only think of Iran being the enemy of Israel as the reason for her to be included.

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关于为什么要抗议 ABC 和 Jimmy Kimmel

by on Nov.17, 2013, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>China>Posts>Opinions>Ethics>Human Decency>Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism

要维护中国人的尊严,坚持到底,誓不罢休

我知道英文原文的意思是“在中国的所有人”,不是“中国人”。但是对中国的蔑视会转化为对中国人的蔑视。而对中国人的蔑视会使得中国人成为施暴的对象。美国已经出现过很多对亚洲人施暴和凶杀亚洲人的案件,而且很多时候行凶者逍遥法外或者没有得到应得的惩罚。这样的节目只会使得这种状态变得更为严重。

说实在的,停止播放那个节目主要是为了美国人,尤其是美国小孩。因为那样随便地谈及杀人的事对观众会产生不良影响。受害的将会是美国人和美国华人。要不要打中国可不是他们的节目能够决定的。谁也不会把那个节目当一回事儿。美国华人对此事敏感是因为这种对华人的轻蔑态度已经致使很多华人受害。

我还是没有在美国媒体中发现有关美国白宫表态的新闻的报道。我只在美国媒体中看到很多文章抱怨华人抗议得太多或者根本就不应该抗议。这说明美国人对中国人的态度还是没有改变,还是不尊重中国人。他们对中国人的轻蔑是如此地根深蒂固,他们怎么也看不到那个节目有什么错误。

解雇是不够的。告他们才行。现在美国媒体中已经出现了很多为他们辩护的文章。那说明对中国人的歧视在美国是如此司空见惯以至于大多数人都意识不到他们的错误在哪里。那是很危险的。不光是对美国华人是危险的,对中国也是危险的。一定要告出个结果来,让他们知道中国人是不可以被歧视的。

你们还是必须告 ABC 和 Jimmy Kimmel。Jimmy Kimmel 说他不怕被告。那就告他,让他和像他那样的人知道向大众宣扬种族灭绝是要付出代价的。不要怕国内的人说什么。你们有权利确保你们的安全。与美国同胞搞好关系不等于说不讲原则。美国人知道做人有些什么规矩,只是以为在对待中国人时不必守那些规矩。

ABC 的很多主持人是维护上层社会(白人阶层)的、很有偏见的。求他们是没有用的,只会让他们看不起。对待 ABC 这种公司,美国人的一贯做法是来硬的:抵制在他们的节目上做广告的公司,使得他们的节目难以拉得到广告赞助。

何况那言论是直接针对中国的。中国政府要做出反应才是的。总不能只当没听到吧。是小孩先说的,但是接着大人跟着起哄,然后还有组织地播放给大众看。

但是他们的媒体也可以选择报道还是不报道那些游行。星期六的全国二十多个城市的抗议活动在美国主流媒体中几乎没有报道,至少用他们的最大的两个新闻搜索引擎找不到。他们的媒体怕民众抗议所报道的事件是民众没有兴趣或者感到反感的。

不达到目的绝不罢休。主宰这个世界的人就是这样的人。还没有达到目的就罢休的人是要被人主宰的。

 

抗议活动不违法,且有助于促进社会进步,不伤害中国人的利益

人们不是要遵守法律吗?法律允许他们干什么就干什么。持你这种观点的人是不是都以为游行在美国也是违法的或者是扰乱社会秩序的?游行在美国是很常见的,也不遭遇那么多敌意。美国人不喜欢的是中国人居然敢不接受侮辱,竟然要抗议,而且坚持要正式道歉。

能够在哪里发展就在哪里发展。并不是爱国的人回国来就能做出更多的贡献。如果没有华人在国外与其他国家的民众沟通,中国与其他国家之间的互相了解就更少了。

你为什么那么歇斯底里地要对他们的活动表示否定呢?你对他们的生活没有亲身体会,也没有理由或权利阻止他们。

你说的也不是没有道理。不过,华人被侮辱就是因为美国人知道,按照你的逻辑,侮辱华人可以驱使他们离开。这种侮辱在历史上确实曾经使得很多东方人回到自己的国家去建设自己的国家。但是说实在的,中国并不那么缺乏人才。他们回来了也不一定能施展才华。中国的环境是难以适应的,难以在其中求得发展的。

再好的地方也还是有需要改进的地方的。你说话怎么那么像美国的一些没文化的人说的。如果没有过这类抗议活动,美国能有今天吗?美国黑人能有选举权吗?你太缺乏历史知识了。美国华人的这次运动是要为美国的进步做贡献的,是要被写入美国历史的。华人在美国何时开始懂得为维护自己的尊严而斗争?现在!

我知道为什么一些美国人认为外国人不应该在美国得到比在他们自己的国家可以得到的更多。那是因为他们不想要外国人爱上美国而不离开,或者他们不想让在美国的外国人得到更多的权利。这是世界上所有居住在自己的国度里的人共同具有的排外心里在作怪。

我在美国的时候没见过谁拿钱去参加游行的。参加这种活动用得着给钱才去吗?又不是什么体力劳动。如果有什么组织要捐款救助同乡,那是另一回事了。

在哪里受歧视都不好。我也知道在自己的国家受歧视不好。不过能在哪里争取得到更多的尊严就要在哪里争取。既然在国内那么不容易争取,而在美国有希望可以争取,为什么不在美国争取呢?仅仅是因为中国人在国内不受尊重,中国人在国外也不应该受尊重吗?那是一些美国人的错误观点。

那你就完全不了解美国社会了!美国人只尊重懂得并敢于为自己的权利和尊严而斗争的人。他们最看不起的是你这种苟且偷生的人了。你要是怕惹祸,在家呆着就行了,让那些敢作敢为的人为你的权利和尊严而斗争不是挺好的吗?

你们是不是不想得罪美国人,在想尽办法不让事情闹大?美国人自己都不在乎,你们为什么那么歇斯底里?这种抗议在美国不是很常见的吗?黑人和犹太人不就是这样不断抗议来维护他们的权利和自尊的吗?中国人难道要为了不得罪美国人而甘愿永远受歧视吗?你们这才是见利忘义呢!

这里有范过错误是这里要解决的事。那里正在范的错误能够立刻纠正就立刻纠正,为什么要等这里的错误得到纠正以后才能纠正那里的错误?

我看参加这些抗议活动的人不像是福建去打工的那种。

人家在他们所居住的国家举行那个国家的法律允许他们举行的活动,你为什么要反对呢?不可以游行的时候不游行,可以游行的时候游行。这有什么不正常的?

我也注意到那些 signs 看起来很好看,不像是 home made 的。但是近年来在美国的很多游行,包括美国人的,都是这样的。游行组织者向社会募捐(这里可能是向华人社区募捐),然后用捐款买 signs 发给大家。大使馆有没有提供帮助,华人团体应该也都可以组织得起来。这种抗议活动在美国很常见。

我在美国碰到的中国人都是普通中国公民。我没有碰到过哪个是家里当官的。都是打工的。你们没出过国的人是不是有点儿嫉妒那些在国外的啊?能出国的人好多是自己经过一番努力才能出国的,出去以后却又要努力为中国维护尊严,因为外国人只看到他们是中国人,中国的荣与辱都是他们的。

他们骂的是中国,但是一旦那谩骂引发出行动,那行动的对象就是美国华人和中国老百姓(如果战争真的爆发的话)。他们可不知道哪个是我们当中当官的,就是知道也不会为我们做好事,只帮我们去除贪官污吏,对我们手下留情。再说,当官的往往是逃得最快的。我看你是在为你的经济利益担心,怕得罪美国人吧?

我看中国不敢吭声是因为怕美国人来个抵制中国货的运动。美国可能是很多中国货的最大市场,没有了那个市场中国经济是要受冲击的。这是依赖于美国市场来发展经济的结果。如果中国货的最大市场是中国,中国就不怕得罪谁了。美国华人与中国经济的联系不那么密切,所以没有这个顾虑。

但是节目是在美国播放的,美国华人是那个节目的观众。如果有人对着你骂你的娘,你不觉得受侮辱吗?你还说骂的是我的娘,跟我没关系吗?ABC 侮辱的很显然是美国华人嘛。再说,美国华人抗议与否是他们的事,你有什么权利干涉?

我估计认为我们不应该抗议的人也是在国内欺负本国同胞的人。他们崇尚金钱与权势。

 

抗议活动与宗教信仰没有冲突

你如果是真基督徒的话应该知道宣扬种族灭绝是有多么地违背上帝的意旨的。在美国,基督徒,包括牧师,参加游行示威是常有的事。美国的民权运动都是有教会的积极参与的。马丁·路德·金,美国历史上最有名的民权运动领袖,就是一个牧师。

 

要克服中国人自身的种族歧视

我说的只是 ABC,不是整个美国。美国有很多为正义而斗争的人。只是美国的普通民众一向就看不起亚洲人因为亚洲人人少且不团结,明哲保身且很能忍声吞气,不像其他人种那样团结且好斗。其实中国国内也有两类人,一类爱欺负人,一类总会受人欺负。

黑人奴隶出身的其实更懂道理些。你这样说话说明你也有偏见,也像那些美国人一样有种族歧视。你这是100步笑一百步(不是50步笑一百步)。像你这样的人是没有资格批评美国人的。

有些美国黑人歧视中国人,就像有些中国人歧视黑人一样。同样是被白人歧视的黑人和中国人为什么要互相歧视呢?我看歧视是人类社会共有的毛病。就是中国人内部也互相歧视。我也不知道为什么。

 

要搞好与其他种族的关系

不要光想着挣钱,多交结其他种族的朋友,争取减少与当地人的差异与隔阂。

你如果真正关心海外华人的权益,就要帮助华人融入当地社会。华人不应该形成一个社会中的小社会,因为那样不容易去除当地人对华人的成见,而且更容易使得当地人对华人产生误解。华人也不应该只以财富来衡量人的价值。被你们看不起的人会对你们产生敌意的。

你们在美国的华人也应该多关心美国同胞,不要只顾得赚钱和维护自己的经济利益。好多美国华人连英语都不屑去学,怎么跟美国同胞沟通?美国人变穷了就会像其他任何国家的穷人一样要找富人算账的。

 

要发展中国国内市场来提高中国人的地位

中国以这么大的人口要依赖于美国来发展经济是不现实的。这可能是问题所在。中国如果不想让人看不起、不想被侮辱,就要转而依赖本国市场来发展经济,承担起带动全球经济复苏的重任。

种族歧视问题之外还有个问题要讨论。我不明白中国为什么那么喜欢买美国债券。美国的偿还能力不是无穷的。工作都转移到他国去了,美国哪里来的收入来还债?另外,中国有那么大的国内市场,为什么要靠外国市场来发展经济?中国就为国内市场生产,国内消费剩余的那部分再卖到国外市场去也行。

也应该意识到,买太多他们的债券会让他们觉得他们要受控于我们。从一个最强大的国家变成一个要受制于人的国家,在心理上是难以接受的。穷极必反。我们还是要着重于开发国内市场,不要单靠出口发展经济。

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My thoughts on the story of the arrest of professor Gates

by on Jul.23, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Civil Rights>Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism

I think Gates probably initially did not know the real reason police came to his home and thought they came because they did not think that a black man could be the owner of a house like his. It was a misunderstanding. You could say it is some kind of reverse profiling. White police tend to profile black men and so black men profile white police as people who would profile black men. It is as natural as blinking your eyes when something get close to your eyes.

I think this is a case of police abuse of power. They thought that they could do anything and we citizens just had to obey their orders. The professor may be over sensitive. But it is not new that people in the most famous universities can be racist. He was just reacting to a situation based on his perception of what our society is like. Right or wrong, all he did was just shouting out of anger. He did not commit any violence that made an arrest necessary.

Being angry is not a crime. So a person can not be arrested just for being angry. He can be arrested only if he takes any action or threatens to take any action that hurts others out of anger.

A lot of police like to enjoy the power they have by insisting on always having their way. Police are supposed to serve the people, not to use their power to serve their own ego. People’s interests should be above all.

Some people think that the police did the right thing by arresting Gates. I wonder if they think that citizens should be educated by the police on how to behave properly toward police. I think to the contrary, the police should be educated on how to treat citizens with respect. Police are getting paid to serve the interests of citizens, not to be their rulers who can just make demands.

Finally, a lot of people think that Obama blamed it on racism. That is not true. Obama did not say that the police officer was racist to have arrested Gates. He only said that the police was stupid to have arrested Gates. He acknowledged the existence of racism in our society, but did not try to blame racism on Gates’ arrest. These people seem to be worrying now that the President is black, they all have to suffer from Black’s reverse racism against White. They are thinking of race more than the President himself.

Why can we not just discuss whether or not we want our police to arrest people for things like this rather than whether or not the police is racist? It is regretful that an opportunity to discuss a civil rights issue has been wasted because of people’s obsession with race.

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The Murder of Meredith Kercher

by on Nov.16, 2007, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Crimes>Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism

It is reported in the British press that Amanda Knox and Meredith Kercher “were on bad terms”, and “had argued over domestic matters”. From my experience with another American girl, interestingly enough, also called Amanda, I guess the American girl in this case could have been jealous of the British girl for her British accent. Some American girls, like some Americans, and some Chinese, and maybe some other people anywhere in the world, think that they are the best and can easily get jealous of others over any tiny bit of advantage others may have in a competition. And some white Americans can be very vicious toward the people who they hate. I can tell from my experience with the Amanda that I know. She lied to me to win my trust. Then she made fun of me for having trusted her. She enjoyed tormenting me mentally and emotionally. Good thing I moved out of the office we shared soon after she started working there, and I never saw her again.

The Amanda I know is similar to that Amanda in many ways. Like that Amanda, she was intelligent, but disrespectful of others, and shameless in her dealing with men. She also went to a very good university – one of the most famous private universities in New York City (NYU), also majored in theater. And she also openly had a relationship with a white guy and secretly had a relationship with a black guy. Behind their back, she did not give the guys a dam. But she would have sex with them in the office and boast about it, as if it could boost her self-esteem. To her, getting the guys, no matter what kind of guys, to have sex with her could have made her feel like a winner. She could have subconsciously felt not very good about herself in some way. She was intelligent, tall and blond. That must have made her feel deserving to be at the top of the game. But she had a large waistline, which could have made her jealous of anyone with a nice body shape.

One disadvantage in growing up in a country with a short history like America is that one does not receive a lot of education in morality. All the children learn is how to compete, as if human beings are only competing against each other, not working together. There is no old stories that nurture positive characters such as kindness and mutual respect in children, which may help them get along with each other and become better members of a society.

I do not mean to say that the crime rate among Americans is higher. I have not done research on this to be able to tell whether it is higher. There are other factors that affect crime rates. Most people inherently have conscience that guides them. That is why education is not the only factor.

Also, I suspect there is the element of hate crime in this crime. I am not looking at every issue from a race perspective. I am making this judgement based on my own experience with white people. One reason for this kind of suspicion to come to my mind is that the victim does not have the look of a white person but the look of a Hispanic person. Some white people think that it is easier to get away with when they hurt a non-white or anyone who they deem to be less protected by the society such as a gay person. A lot of hate crimes were committed not out of hate but out of disrespect for the victims. And that disrespect for certain people is the result of social prejudice.

Another reason for me to suspect this crime of a hate crime element is that Amanda is trying to shift the blame to a non-white. She could be thinking that people will believe her more than believing him. She might have never been taught by anyone on this. She might just have a subconscious perception of this. I have had the experience of being falsely accused by a white American woman who shifted the blame on me so that she could get away with her crime. So I can imagine the same thing is happening here. It is very hard for anyone who has never been through a similar situation to imagine that there could be any people in this world mean enough to commit a crime and then shift the blame to someone else, especially one who has been their friend, just so that they can get away with the crime they have committed. I know why it happened to me. So I can understand why it could have happened to the Congolese man. It happened to me because I did not do all of the woman’s bidding, for it was against my conscience, although not against hers. That could have, in the woman’s mind, been viewed as a betrayal of her, and thus could have in her mind justified her betrayal of me. Interestingly enough, this woman had also at one time worked for me and had been quickly let go by me, just like that Amanda had worked for the Congolese man and also had been quickly let go by him.

Jealousy, viciousness, cruelty, cowardness, and meanness are present in all people, not just white ones. But because white people in general have much higher vitality than other people, these negative characters are manifested more strongly in white people, just as positive characters such as generosity, kindness, humanitarianism, etc., are also manifested more strongly in white people. The difference between white and non-white is like the difference between men and women. Men in general have higher vitality and can do more good as well as more harm than women.

By the way, I found it inaccurate and damaging to the victim’s reputation when it is reported that she was killed in a sex game. Saying she was killed in a sex game implies the victim’s participation in the game and thus diminishes sympathy for the victim.

This story is run daily all over British media. I wonder why there is so much less coverage of this story in American media. USA Today has only run this story once in the past six days. There is an American involved and her case could be showing the dark side of Americans, but American media does not care as much as British media. Is it because it is more important when one’s right is at stake than when one’s reputation is at stake?

meredith.jpg My tribute for Meredith Kercher: From every picture of Meredith, I see a very innocent girl who could have been loved by many. It makes me cry to think of such a sweet young woman being taken away from us, especially for such evil intentions. I only find comfort in being able to see her in pictures, which we can keep with us forever.

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