When I heard what is happening to Asians, I knew they were talking about more than just the Asians. It sounded strangely like the racist language used about us blacks. Then, they reported that they found a guy outside Vice President Harris’ residence with guns and ammunition. Next, Congressman Chip Roy of Texas made a statement about Black Lives Matter and getting all the rope you can get and find taller tree, bringing it home to what he was really talking about. He was really saying since the insurrectionists at the Capitol don’t look like us white folks, do what you will with them. Them, being nonwhite. Of course, they were white folks who did look like him.
The Confederate Southern losers, like Congressman Roy, always revert to their past and come up with ignorant words like that, or words by the police chief in Atlanta of his account of the shooter who killed 8 people, 6 of them Asian women, saying that “he was just having a bad day”. They solve it with an addition to their crop of Strange Fruit. Would somebody remind them that the Civil War is over, and they lost. The Whites-only signs are gone, but there are hate crime laws on the books now that include crimes against women and sex crimes to which the guy killing the women already confessed to.
Crimes against Asians are at an all-time high. Now that they have built the railroads for America, there’s no more use for them, so in their latest attacks, they blame them for a virus they had nothing to do with and treat them badly. During World War II, Asians and even Asian American citizens were locked up in concentration camps. Their possessions were stolen, and their land was taken. There were laws depriving Asians, who built the railroad of rights to vote and other privileges. Japanese Americans were deprived of their freedom. One story tells of a father purchasing a piece of land for twenty-five hundred dollars and later returning to show his son the property that was taken from him is now a twenty-five million-dollar Marriot Hotel.
It’s frustrating to have to keep going through this. Just when you think things have cooled down, racially, there is an incident to remind you that we still have a long way to go. Getting rid of the filibuster, stopping people from voting, and suppressing the vote are things leftover from slavery. But we are always trying ways to make things better. Newly elected Senator, Pastor Raphael Warnock, said in his first Senate speech, “We should do what we can to guarantee the right to vote and not let the voters determine whether they should vote.”
America is touted as being a Christian country where love is taught as a primary tenant, but America’s history is filled with evil actions and hate. It is a country that was founded by men who stole land from Native Americans who were driven onto Reservations, poisoned with smallpox, and currently suffer from alcoholism and high suicide rates.
Hate mongers don’t like Mexicans. They take them from their mother’s breast and lock them up in cages. Mexicans crossing the border are detained, locked-up in detention camps, and subjected to deportation. Those who make it into America work in many of the lowest-paying jobs or are taken advantage of by not receiving fair pay and are afraid to complain. They live in constant fear of deportation. Mexicans have been used for their labor at cheap prices and fighting to keep them from organizing to get a fair price for their or their labor. The farm worker story is continuing in Central California and in the Southern states. Governmental laws mark numerous efforts to keep Mexicans and Spanish-speaking citizens out of this country and have resulted in separating children from their parents.
They don’t like blacks. They are still trying to stop us from voting. They call us names and discriminate against us. There is a history of locking up and treating African Americans as property and forcing them into 400 years of free labor. Recent events including undeserved killing of black and brown men and women, even entering their churches Injuring and killing Asians with minor actions like calling them undeserved names, spitting on them, and knocking them down as a sport just to demonstrate hatred.
Most recently our last American President resorted to name-calling of Asians and Mexicans which gave license to others to harm the Asians, Mexicans and Blacks. Who’s next? A recent twenty-seven-million-dollar settlement in the George Floyd case and a twelve-million-dollar settlement for the Breonna Taylor case should cause a change in the laws and a pause in mistreatment of others. As a note, the fact that certain immunities prevent the settlements being paid by the officers rather than the cities or counties may slow down any changes in the law, as officers don’t have the personal money.