Shame on U.S.
Videos of white American idiots ambushing innocent, often elderly, Asian Americans are beyond shocking. These moronic vigilantes have taken their lead from the most dangerous ex-president in American history. Somehow, someway, they believe the coronavirus, which most likely originated in China, is the fault of their fellow citizens who live here…in the U.S.
Trump called it “China flu,” the “Wuhan flu,” and “Kung flu” as punch lines in his standup routine to the delight of his dumb, devoted followers. I thank Buddha that Trump no longer has the media megaphone. But I fear his disgusting and hate-filled ideology is here to stay. Trump flipped on the light that allowed all our citizen cockroaches to come out into plain view.
And of course, their flu-shaming is not only targeted at Chinese Americans. Our history books don’t really delve into the differences between Asian countries, but rather lump them all together. So these fools indiscriminately target Americans of Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Taiwanese descent as well.
Last summer one of my neighbors told another neighbor (who happens to be Japanese American) that she wouldn’t eat at a Chinese restaurant for fear of catching COVID-19. Okay, let’s break that down. Karen (not her real name, but probably should be) is in her sixties and seems generally intelligent. She believes she can catch a virus simply by eating a type of cuisine. Perhaps she ate TV dinners while growing up in hopes of actually getting a television? And what about blurting out her theory to a lovely Asian American leader in our small community? Oh, wait a minute. She had a Trump sign on her lawn last year. Mystery solved.
As much as I’d like to, I can’t blame all this on President Ignoramus. Our country has a dark history of fear and hate when it comes to someone who is “other.” In fact, it started long before we were actually a country.
British settlers came here to find freedom. And to do that, they decided to confiscate the land from its rightful owners, Native Americans. British settlers didn’t sit down and talk about how they could co-exist. Rather they deemed these citizens “barbarians” and took their land in bloody battles. The Indians fought back by performing some deep haircuts on their enemies — might as well live up to the reputation!
So the new freedom-seeking settlers from Great Britain devised a plan to kill off the Native Americans under the guise of kindness. They donated blankets to the tribes, warm and fuzzy blankets to shield them from the cold. But they added a secret ingredient. On their way to the donation drop-off, they rubbed the blankets over dead British soldiers who had smallpox. The plan was to infect the rightful owners of this new land and kill them off.
Commander-in-Chief, North America Jeffery Amherst proposed that the natives should be “intentionally exposed to smallpox…hunted down with dogs, and every other method that can serve to extirpate this execrable race.”
So much for the fable of the bountiful and peaceful first Thanksgiving. Thanks, Jeff. And shame on the U.S. for how we treat Native Americans to this very day.
Things didn’t really get a whole lot better. After our early settlers stole the land, they thought, “Hey man, this seems like a lot of work to grow crops and build our new towns. Let’s get shiploads of black Africans to do it for us for free.”
And so, these new settlers stole the labor to develop their stolen land and treated black slaves as subhuman. And much later, beginning in 1932, biological warfare came back into play with the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male.” This time they recruited 600 black men and lied to them about their treatment. This betrayal continued for 40 long years. And even when penicillin became the go-to treatment in 1947, the participants were not given the drug.
To this day, black Americans experience the effects of systemic racism in their healthcare, education, and livelihoods. The very existence of the “Black Lives Matter” movement proves that black lives don’t matter to some. And our fellow human beings like Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, and so, so many others have died because of that cruel belief. Shame on the U.S.
This country has a long history of disdain for anybody who dares to come here from another land. Which is ironic because that’s how this country was started. Yet Americans hated the Irish, lynched Italians, scorned Catholics and Jews. And don’t get me started on the cruelty towards Muslim Americans. Thanks, President Islamophobe.
I guess we should not be surprised by Asian American discrimination, which existed long before COVID-19. There was that whole Japanese American Internment Camp disgrace during WWII when the government displaced and damaged over 100,000 of our citizens. Yet another shameful act the “land of the free and home of the brave” has perpetrated.
Let’s stand with our Asian American and Pacific Islander brothers and sisters this Saturday, March 27 for the National Day of Action. Hate has no place in a country that takes such great pride in “American exceptionalism.”
In my view, America continues to be exceptionally unkind, unfair, and unjust to a whole lot of Americans.