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.
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。
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。
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.
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?
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.
News of hangman’s noose found on the door of a Columbia University faculty member’s office brought back my memory of my study at Columbia University’s American Language Program nearly nine years ago. Two things remained in my memory all these years. One is the unhappy facial expression of a faculty member of the program after I wrote a little article expressing my desire to do something to contribute to the advancement of human society. It was for a writing exercise. I wrote that I felt ashamed that we Asians had not contributed much to the advancement of human society in the past few hundred years, and that I wanted to do something to make contributions to human society. I am not sure what the teacher thought. She never said anything. But she certainly did not show any approval or encouragement. The reason why I never forgot was that I sensed unhappiness and scorn from her facial expression. I might have been too sensitive. I don’t know.
Another thing I never forgot was the movie “Roxanne” that we were asked to watch. It was a funny movie. But there was a scene in which an Asian man was insulted for one of his facial features. Although insults are common in comedy, I still don’t like it. Insults can not be accepted easily, especially for something you were born with.