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Fearing racism more than the virus: COVID-19 survivor says crimes against Asian Americans worry her most

Palo Alto resident Monica Yeung-Arima, seen here with her dog inside their home, recovered from COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 after receiving the drug remdesivir. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

One year ago in February, Monica Yeung Arima and her husband, Adrian Arima, were celebrating his 70th birthday with their tour mates during a trip to Egypt. One week later, on March 3, they became ill with COVID-19 and landed in Stanford Hospital.

The Arimas were among the first Palo Altans to be diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus, which has now killed more than 500,000 Americans. Monica Arima became seriously ill and spent two weeks in the hospital. One of the first patients to receive the drug remdesivir in an early clinical trial, she began to recover within days of treatment, she recalled.

Arima recuperated at home for a while longer, and she still experiences some health problems a year later: shortness of breath and congestion. She isn't sure if COVID-19 is to blame or if it's caused by her self-imposed lifestyle changes during the pandemic, she said. She hasn't been to the gym in a year.

An eternal optimist, she took her recovery from COVID-19 in relative stride.

"I believe in fate. I was scared when I got this disease, but I just dealt with it," she said. "I just try to solve it. I think it's the engineer in me."

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Surviving COVID-19 hasn't blunted her caution toward the disease, however. She follows the research and is aware that her immunity might not protect her against the virus' variants. She also doesn't know how long her immunity will last.

"I'm not too, too worried — as long as I'm in protective gear," she said. "I feel I have some immunity, but I still wear my mask and socially distance and do all of the things other people do."

Some people also seem apprehensive around her, knowing she had the disease — another reason why she still takes many visible precautions, she said.

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Left: Palo Alto resident Monica Yeung-Arima, left, and her husband pose in front of pyramids during their trip in Egypt before returning home on March 3, 2020. Courtesy Monica Yeung Arima. Right: The Yeung-Arimas pose for a photo at their Palo Alto home. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

"Since I was sick, some people are very paranoid about it, and I feel it," she said.

Over the past year, Arima says she's also grown concerned about another type of pandemic: xenophobia. Some people have used the virus' origins in China as an excuse for violence — the latest chapter in the long history of racism against Asian Americans in the United States. She says she saw hatred rising a few years ago as political rhetoric turned more anti-immigrant.

It feels more daunting than the virus itself, she said.

"The (coronavirus) doesn't kill me. It's the hate crime that kills me," she said.

Arima herself hasn't been attacked, but fears of victimization are limiting people's sense of freedom, she said. Now people look out for each other in ways that never happened before, she said.

'The (coronavirus) doesn't kill me. It's the hate crime that kills me.'

-Monica Yeung-Arima, Palo Alto resident

"People say, 'I'll walk you to the car.' It's a gesture to be safe. The security of our Asian Americans is being violated," she said.

Overall, Arima feels fortunate to have survived COVID-19. After a month of isolation and recovery, the first thing she did when she tested negative for the virus was to enjoy her garden. It's the place where she finds solace and connection to nature, she said.

As it is for other people, the pandemic shutdown has taken away many things she used to enjoy to the fullest: gatherings with friends, travel and seeing family.

"I miss the social life I had. I miss the freedom of being able to travel around. Life under COVID has been more sedentary.

"We watch more TV than normal. I don't cook as much. We buy more food (from restaurants). On average, four to five days a week, we order from outside," she said.

"Before COVID, I had lost weight. After COVID, I gained every single drop back."

Arima does go out with one or two friends to walk or to socialize, but the luncheons with a large group are on hold for now. Zoom meetings fill some of the void.

Arima has used her experience with COVID-19 to further scientific research. She has volunteered in two studies at Stanford University School of Medicine, including one investigating the mental health impacts of the coronavirus, she said.

On Feb. 20, she and her husband discussed their experiences with the virus in a Zoom webinar with doctors from Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The event attracted 500 people, she said.

She also has found a philosophical silver lining in the pandemic.

"The society is moving so fast — too fast for anybody to catch up," she said of the Bay Area's frenetic pace.

But things happen in life to make people change their pace.

"Sometimes it slows down so we can stop and smell the roses," she said.

Arima has taken that adage to heart. Her family has bonded more since her son is working from home now, and the Arimas also have rediscovered long-forgotten, simple joys.

"We went to a drive-in movie. We haven't gone to a drive-in for years," she said.

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Fearing racism more than the virus: COVID-19 survivor says crimes against Asian Americans worry her most

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Updated: Wed, Mar 10, 2021, 8:54 am

One year ago in February, Monica Yeung Arima and her husband, Adrian Arima, were celebrating his 70th birthday with their tour mates during a trip to Egypt. One week later, on March 3, they became ill with COVID-19 and landed in Stanford Hospital.

The Arimas were among the first Palo Altans to be diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus, which has now killed more than 500,000 Americans. Monica Arima became seriously ill and spent two weeks in the hospital. One of the first patients to receive the drug remdesivir in an early clinical trial, she began to recover within days of treatment, she recalled.

Arima recuperated at home for a while longer, and she still experiences some health problems a year later: shortness of breath and congestion. She isn't sure if COVID-19 is to blame or if it's caused by her self-imposed lifestyle changes during the pandemic, she said. She hasn't been to the gym in a year.

An eternal optimist, she took her recovery from COVID-19 in relative stride.

"I believe in fate. I was scared when I got this disease, but I just dealt with it," she said. "I just try to solve it. I think it's the engineer in me."

Surviving COVID-19 hasn't blunted her caution toward the disease, however. She follows the research and is aware that her immunity might not protect her against the virus' variants. She also doesn't know how long her immunity will last.

"I'm not too, too worried — as long as I'm in protective gear," she said. "I feel I have some immunity, but I still wear my mask and socially distance and do all of the things other people do."

Some people also seem apprehensive around her, knowing she had the disease — another reason why she still takes many visible precautions, she said.

"Since I was sick, some people are very paranoid about it, and I feel it," she said.

Over the past year, Arima says she's also grown concerned about another type of pandemic: xenophobia. Some people have used the virus' origins in China as an excuse for violence — the latest chapter in the long history of racism against Asian Americans in the United States. She says she saw hatred rising a few years ago as political rhetoric turned more anti-immigrant.

It feels more daunting than the virus itself, she said.

"The (coronavirus) doesn't kill me. It's the hate crime that kills me," she said.

Arima herself hasn't been attacked, but fears of victimization are limiting people's sense of freedom, she said. Now people look out for each other in ways that never happened before, she said.

"People say, 'I'll walk you to the car.' It's a gesture to be safe. The security of our Asian Americans is being violated," she said.

Overall, Arima feels fortunate to have survived COVID-19. After a month of isolation and recovery, the first thing she did when she tested negative for the virus was to enjoy her garden. It's the place where she finds solace and connection to nature, she said.

As it is for other people, the pandemic shutdown has taken away many things she used to enjoy to the fullest: gatherings with friends, travel and seeing family.

"I miss the social life I had. I miss the freedom of being able to travel around. Life under COVID has been more sedentary.

"We watch more TV than normal. I don't cook as much. We buy more food (from restaurants). On average, four to five days a week, we order from outside," she said.

"Before COVID, I had lost weight. After COVID, I gained every single drop back."

Arima does go out with one or two friends to walk or to socialize, but the luncheons with a large group are on hold for now. Zoom meetings fill some of the void.

Arima has used her experience with COVID-19 to further scientific research. She has volunteered in two studies at Stanford University School of Medicine, including one investigating the mental health impacts of the coronavirus, she said.

On Feb. 20, she and her husband discussed their experiences with the virus in a Zoom webinar with doctors from Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The event attracted 500 people, she said.

She also has found a philosophical silver lining in the pandemic.

"The society is moving so fast — too fast for anybody to catch up," she said of the Bay Area's frenetic pace.

But things happen in life to make people change their pace.

"Sometimes it slows down so we can stop and smell the roses," she said.

Arima has taken that adage to heart. Her family has bonded more since her son is working from home now, and the Arimas also have rediscovered long-forgotten, simple joys.

"We went to a drive-in movie. We haven't gone to a drive-in for years," she said.

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cheyenne phillips
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Stanford
on Mar 5, 2021 at 8:43 am
cheyenne phillips, Stanford
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on Mar 5, 2021 at 8:43 am
Deshawn Hall
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2021 at 10:56 am
Deshawn Hall, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Mar 5, 2021 at 10:56 am

This wrongful behavior is similar to the same kind of verbal abuses that occured during World War 2 along with the unwarranted incarceration of Japanese American citizens in relocation (aka concentration) camps.

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Darvin Medford
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East Palo Alto
on Mar 5, 2021 at 1:51 pm
Darvin Medford, East Palo Alto
Registered user
on Mar 5, 2021 at 1:51 pm

Though there were some inter-racial conflicts between Korean storekeepers and African Americans back in the 1990s in Los Angeles, this turmoil has subsided as many Korean merchants (most notably their 2nd generation American born children) now speak fluent English and are noticeably less suspicious of black people than their overly concerned parents.

Other than that, different ethnicities tend not to denegrate or disparage other minorities as much because we are all in the same boat floating in a perpetual sea of white racism.

And fortunately there is no huge white whale to physically contend with as the white racists though many in number, are little more than small-fry like the grunions that wash-up on the beach.


Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 5, 2021 at 3:05 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Mar 5, 2021 at 3:05 pm

From NBC News just today on the increase in anti-Asian hate crimes: Web Link

"Fueled by former President Donald Trump’s anti-China rhetoric, the Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed an onslaught of hate incidents against Asian American and Pacific Islanders. In 2020, the group Stop AAPI Hate received more than 2,800 self-reports of coronavirus discrimination nationwide, from verbal harassment to physical assault.

Yet news outlets and federal agencies have been slow to recognize the threat and enact policy changes. For much of the past year, the Justice Department resisted calls from Democratic lawmakers and activists to proactively combat the public targeting of Asians. In the days before Lunar New Year, when surveillance cameras captured a spate of violent, unprovoked attacks against Asian seniors, top-rated cable networks spent little to no airtime covering the issue, according to the progressive research center Media Matters."

Lots more coverage of the rise in the San Francisco media, too.


R. Cavendish
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another community
on Mar 5, 2021 at 3:31 pm
R. Cavendish, another community
Registered user
on Mar 5, 2021 at 3:31 pm

Racism and unfounded hatred towards minority people of color remains an active and festering component of the American landscape.

Outside of the media reportage highlighted by various news agencies, how far have we really evolved as a nation?

It's like circa 1900 locked in time except with a ranting former POTUS, unhinged QAnon supporters and various right-wing splinter groups carrying on an unbalanced mentality akin to William Randolph Hearst's brand of 'yellow journalism' (no pun intended).

Nothing has changed.


Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 5, 2021 at 3:48 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Mar 5, 2021 at 3:48 pm

There's also an increase in antisemitism, with synagogues and Jewish cemeteries being firebombed and trashed. The Holocaust Museum was recently defaced and the number of Holocaust deniers is rising Many of the Jan. 6 insurrectionists wore carried antisemitic gear.

Re the former POTUS, the recent CPAC conference had all sorts of Nazi icons and white supremacy speeches.

We're living in increasingly ugly times.


Felicia Marquez
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another community
on Mar 5, 2021 at 4:37 pm
Felicia Marquez, another community
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on Mar 5, 2021 at 4:37 pm

No one should be subjected to this kind of verbal or physical abuse.

My family members would fight back even if it meant returning to Elmwood.

There is an old saying that if you dish it out, you better be able to take it as well.

Maybe the Asians should start fighting back as it would send a message to cease and desist.

Many already know kung fu or karate and my friends in East San Jose know better than to mess with most of them.


LaVonne Miranda
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another community
on Mar 6, 2021 at 7:27 am
LaVonne Miranda, another community
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 7:27 am

I agree. Sometimes one never knows who one is up against until it is too late.

Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid was a quiet and spiritual man until pressured into reacting against certain adversaries.

And so was the guy in that TV western Kung Fu. He was a mellow Shaolin priest from China who also knew how to protect himself when confronted by troublemakers.

It is oftentimes best not to get into other people's faces or yours can get broken in the process.


Minnie Wong
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Charleston Meadows
on Mar 6, 2021 at 9:36 am
Minnie Wong, Charleston Meadows
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 9:36 am

TV martial arts is more theatrical than real martial arts.

The real deal is far more deadly and I have advised my children to ignore verbal taunts and to refrain from using their martial arts skills in those instances.

On the other hand, if one is physically attacked, then they have every right to defend themselves and to destroy their enemy if necessary.

My kids are very diminutive in size which is why they are trained in self-defense.


Me 2
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Old Palo Alto
on Mar 6, 2021 at 10:47 am
Me 2, Old Palo Alto
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 10:47 am

"Other than that, different ethnicities tend not to denegrate or disparage other minorities as much because we are all in the same boat floating in a perpetual sea of white racism."

Ahem. Black-on-Asian crime has been a problem for decades, especially in San Francisco and Oakland, where elderly Asians have always been targeted. This is not new. Rappers are glorifying violence against Asians. I don't see a bunch of African Americans with MAGA hats, so to blame COVID-19 on this is nonsense.

Also, long time Palo Altans have long resented the influx of mainland Chinese entering the neighborhoods, blaming them for raising housing prices. This predates COVID as well. Just need to go back to the number of threads here right on Palo Alto Online to see that.

It's always been festering. And not just among the European Americans.


Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 6, 2021 at 11:30 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 11:30 am

Also read the daily Bay Area Crime Watch newsletter published by the San Jose Mercury News & East Bay Times.

Today's has a story about an anti-Asian attack in Mountain View, this one by a white female transient. My point is that these attacks are practically a daily occurence. Web Link


Me 2
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Old Palo Alto
on Mar 6, 2021 at 11:34 am
Me 2, Old Palo Alto
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 11:34 am

"Today's has a story about an anti-Asian attack in Mountain View, this one by a white female transient. "

Hilarious that the media is fine with talking about the ethnicity of an attacker when the person is not African American. Check out all the stories about what's been happening in SF and Oaktown. Not one description of ethnicity.

BLM's got the media running scared.


Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 6, 2021 at 12:04 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 12:04 pm

Me 2, check back tomorrow and I'm sure you'll find an anti-Asian crime committed by a non-white perp since those are also reported regularly, esp. in Oakland and SF.


Kaneesha
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East Palo Alto
on Mar 6, 2021 at 2:17 pm
Kaneesha , East Palo Alto
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 2:17 pm

If all of the oppressed and denigrated people of color joined together, the white folks would become the minority race in America.

It is time to unite and make America a more decent place to live.

For everyone.


Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 6, 2021 at 2:42 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 2:42 pm

How about if EVERYONE got together, denigrated whites included?


Jacob Lee
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Charleston Meadows
on Mar 6, 2021 at 2:59 pm
Jacob Lee, Charleston Meadows
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 2:59 pm

@Online Name

The white population in America got a head start on things so they will need to make the first move.

This will not happen because they are struggling to hold onto what little they have left.

Which explains the DC riots.


Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 6, 2021 at 3:20 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 3:20 pm

Jacob Lee, maybe that should be "the white male" population and they might start by rejecting the GOPs opposition to everything that helps people like increasing the minimum wage and even early child care because it might "encourage women to leave the home"!

I think the DC riots were about more than that since many of the insurrectionists were middle- and upper-middle class whites and mostly male upset at EVERYONE -- women, blacks, Asians, Mexicans, scientists, "libruls"...

I'm sorry but I don't see much difference between the DC white supremacists chanting "You will not replace us" referring to the Jews and Kaneesha's comment above about uniting to replace the whites.

Both comments fuel divisiveness. We all need to come together.


Penelope Phillips
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Stanford
on Mar 6, 2021 at 3:59 pm
Penelope Phillips, Stanford
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 3:59 pm

Perhaps one way to terminate all of this alleged racism would be for the U.S. government to mandate that all marriages be inter-racial and that failure to adhere would be punishable by banishment to an American protectorate territory.

With a 100% mixed race society there should be no more racism and all inherited wealth would eventually be distributed among the races via family ties.

Thus, there would be no more white, black, or Asian Americans...just a genetic mixture of various ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

This would make filling out government forms easier as well with no more boxes to check indicating one's ethnic identity.

The inter-family connections would tie everyone together and we would finally have racial tolerance in America.

Though there might be certain constitutional issues to address, a benevolent sense of humanitarianism and wealth sharing would ideally promote the concept and upon enactment, anyone who refused to comply could then be branded a racist by law and banished accordingly to an American territory as it is unconstitutional to exile American citizens out of the country.

As a constitutional law student, I am preparing a draft which I hope will be understood and eventually enacted by the more vionary legislative representatives who have the influence and power to initiate such a measure.


Hannah Steinman
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Mountain View
on Mar 6, 2021 at 4:19 pm
Hannah Steinman, Mountain View
Registered user
on Mar 6, 2021 at 4:19 pm

@Penelope

I agree wholeheartedly with your concept but imagine that some here may beg to differ.

We must do everything in our power to end racism and having mixed-race offspring will finally end this abhorrent mindset.

Chances are it will have to become a social movement first and then a legislative process encompassing probate law as well.

BTW...I am assuming you meant 'visionary' instead of 'vionary' legislative representatives.

As a Jewish woman married to an African American, I faced double bigotry, both as a lesbian and marrying outside of my parent's faith.

We adopted a mixed-race child and could not be happier.

The world would be a better place if we were all the same in terms of ethnicity and heritage!


R. Cavendish
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another community
on Mar 6, 2021 at 4:53 pm
R. Cavendish, another community
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 4:53 pm

"With a 100% mixed race society there should be no more racism..."

"The world would be a better place if we were all the same in terms of ethnicity and heritage!"

Uh...I might be 'missing the boat here' but wouldn't enforced inter-racial marriages to ensure a genetic 'melting pot' of subsequent offspring be a form of racism in itself?

While an elimination of diversity might reduce certain prejudices, it would also eliminate various unique individualities & characteristics as well...some good, some not so good.

I'm going to leave this particular topic up to the others as I see a lot of potential flaws in the overall concept.


J. Costanza
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Midtown
on Mar 6, 2021 at 7:23 pm
J. Costanza, Midtown
Registered user
on Mar 6, 2021 at 7:23 pm

"The dream is over." - John Lennon

Everything (i.e. politics, religion, history, race relations etc.) is BS.

Why even bother with such trivialities?

People will go on hating and trying to destroy one another. It's permanently embedded in the cards of human nature.

2000 years ago Jesus supposedly died for the sins of man and we have to ask ourselves...how far has mankind 'evolved' since then?

Nothing has changed.


The Voice of Palo Alto
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Crescent Park
on Mar 6, 2021 at 11:35 pm
The Voice of Palo Alto, Crescent Park
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on Mar 6, 2021 at 11:35 pm
Cecelia Vega
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Stanford
on Mar 7, 2021 at 7:08 am
Cecelia Vega, Stanford
Registered user
on Mar 7, 2021 at 7:08 am

In many ways the pervasive racism in America has been perpetuated by our white ancestors.

In the late 19th century one white generation got brainwashed by William Randolph Hearst who promoted the exclusion of Asians immigrating into the United States.

The next generation of white people was brainwashed by President FDR, and Supreme Court Justices William O. Douglass and Felix Frankfurter who favored and supported the unconstitutional incarceration of Japanese Americans during WW2.

The white baby boomers then got brainwashed by Dr. Seuss with his deplorable illustrations of Chinese people in his children's books.

The connection? In each generation, the perpetuators of racism in America were WHITE men.

Coincidence? How many Asian and/or Black authors were publishing or writing disparaging articles and books about white people or supporting
the exclusion of white people in America?

Answer: none.

Conclusion: Racism in America towards people of color is a white product and creation.


Cecelia Vega
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Stanford
on Mar 7, 2021 at 7:17 am
Cecelia Vega, Stanford
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on Mar 7, 2021 at 7:17 am

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MaryAnne Carpenter
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Woodside
on Mar 7, 2021 at 8:55 am
MaryAnne Carpenter, Woodside
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on Mar 7, 2021 at 8:55 am

@Penelope

Your concept makes perfect sense but the these proposed inter-ethnic unions would have to be practiced on a large voluntary scale rather than mandated by law, otherwise it would be challenged by right-wing white supremacists and QAnon people as a constitutional infringement.

A future homogenous American society comprised of blond, blue-eyed citizens with African skin tones and Asian facial features would create a national appearance and possibly end bigotry based on appearance prejudices.

I imagine this practice will evolve more among millennial and generation z children as most baby boomers are already too old to have offspring and many already set in their ways.

And then all that would be left remaining is to create a universal income (as mandated by Congress) to ensure that there are no more extremely poor folks as well as extremely wealthy individuals residing in America.

This is the dream!


Shaquon
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East Palo Alto
on Mar 7, 2021 at 10:29 am
Shaquon, East Palo Alto
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on Mar 7, 2021 at 10:29 am

It will take more than just a dream.

Progressive measures will also require the total eradication of all white racist security guards and police officers.

The young black poet Amanda Gorman after delivering her presentation at the Biden inauguration was stopped by a white security guard who asked her what she was doing in the neighborhood where she resided!

If this is not racial profiling then Mickey Mouse isn't a rodent.

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justine
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another community
on Mar 7, 2021 at 11:02 am
justine, another community
Registered user
on Mar 7, 2021 at 11:02 am

Back in the mid 1990s, my brother-in-law (who is African American) was stopped on University Avenue one evening by a white PAPD officer who questioned him as to whether the Porsche he was driving belonged to him and then the cop asked my sister (who is white and blond) whether she was actually with him.

Incredible. My brother-in-law is an MD and I guess the white racist PA police officer could not fathom a black man driving (let alone owning) a 911 Turbo accompanied by an attractive white woman.

Jealousy and ignorance are the real reasons behind racism.


Fred Wilkins
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another community
on Mar 7, 2021 at 11:49 am
Fred Wilkins, another community
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on Mar 7, 2021 at 11:49 am

>>>This is the dream!

The problem is that 'the dream' for people of color compared to those of many older white Palo Alto residents is diametrically opposed.

One is striving towards economic and social equality while the other is hammering 'keep out' signs on their front lawns.


Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 7, 2021 at 2:22 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Mar 7, 2021 at 2:22 pm

Funny, I've seen more signs for BLM and Stop The Hate in my local travels.


Bill Freeman
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another community
on Mar 7, 2021 at 2:52 pm
Bill Freeman, another community
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on Mar 7, 2021 at 2:52 pm

@Online Name

Some Palo Alto residents just like to place colorful signs on their lawns (promoting city hall candidates, propositions etc.) and being Palo Alto, it usually doesn't mean anything.

Chances are the ones you saw were simply placed there to APPEAR being progressive and enlightened.

How many of them do you estimate have actually invited a humble black family or an outspoken black BLM advocate INSIDE their house for dinner?

Enjoy your local travels whether they be in Palo Alto or in 'sister city' Huntsville, AL.


Erubial Montoya
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on Mar 7, 2021 at 3:23 pm
Erubial Montoya, another community
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on Mar 7, 2021 at 3:23 pm

~~ A future homogenous American society comprised of blond, blue-eyed citizens with African skin tones and Asian facial features would create a national appearance and possibly end bigotry based on appearance prejudices.

• This would have a major impact on the movie and advertising industry + it might be more difficult for law enforcement to apprehend suspects.

On the other hand, maybe it is for the better as people are often pre-judged by their appearance and skin color.

Interesting idea Penelope.


Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 7, 2021 at 3:24 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Mar 7, 2021 at 3:24 pm

When was the last time YOU invited a white person/family over to dinner?

The ones I know have attended multiple BLM marches and protests, have supported and contributed to Color of Change etc. and have defended / sympathized with black friends and colleagues when they've experienced discrimination and attacks.

When the OJ verdict came in, I was the first person called by one black friend -- whose wedding and whose mother's funder I'd attended -- to compare opinions. I sympathized with him when he refused to attend his PacBell holiday party because so many bigots assumed he was a token black and he was worried he'd "deck one of the bigots" who ignored the fact he was eminently qualified.

Search Town Square for my outraged posts about how a friend's black lawyer husband was repeatedly stopped by the PA cops while walking home from the train station carrying his briefcase whenever the cops were looking for "some black guy" who'd robbed someone.

But sure, keep on stereotyping and insulting us until we stop supporting your cause(s).

Excuse me while I go tell my next door neighbor's kids who put up a e BLM sign on their tree they're hypocrites.


TimR
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Downtown North
on Mar 11, 2021 at 6:17 pm
TimR, Downtown North
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on Mar 11, 2021 at 6:17 pm

All this talk of eugenics by Penelope Phillips, et al, will all be rendered moot my CRISPR gene editing. People one day soon will be able to choose their childrens' features, and many will opt to go the traditional route for their ethnic group. You can't deny the future of science.


alicia puente
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Los Altos
on Mar 12, 2021 at 8:05 am
alicia puente, Los Altos
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on Mar 12, 2021 at 8:05 am

"People one day soon will be able to choose their childrens' features, and many will opt to go the traditional route for their ethnic group. You can't deny the future of science."

That means EVERYONE will be physically attractive in the future.

This is something to look forward to.

Then the next stage of human evolution will be to create an improved inner sense of self including the elimination of ego, and developing genuine compassion towards others.

Greed and money will remain the obstacles to utopia.


R. Cavendish
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on Mar 12, 2021 at 11:27 am
R. Cavendish, another community
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"That means EVERYONE will be physically attractive in the future."

Does this mean that beauty pageants will eventually become passe?

"Then the next stage of human evolution will be to create an improved inner sense of self including the elimination of ego, and developing genuine compassion towards others."

I suspect that human nature will be hard to pre-program.

"Greed and money will remain the obstacles to utopia."

∆ Human nature.



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on Mar 12, 2021 at 11:32 am
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Back to crimes against Asians, here's today's report of a horrendous attack in San Francisco against an Asian Uber driver.

" A woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of pepper-spraying an Uber driver in San Francisco who was coughed at and insulted after he demanded a passenger wear a mask, police announced.

Malaysia King, 24, was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of assault with a caustic chemical, assault and battery and other charges. She was being held without bail."

Web Link


james
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Mountain View
on Mar 12, 2021 at 11:52 am
james, Mountain View
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on Mar 12, 2021 at 11:52 am

The public health mandates, business closures and subsequent loss of jobs has a lot to do with this.

Some people are frustrated and angry.

Related illnesses and deaths aside, the various restrictions and closures over the past year are the primary cause for these wrongful and unwarranted attacks against Asians.

People have a right to go about their day-to-day lives regardless of a pandemic.

The state government and county agencies are solely responsible for this anti-social behavior.


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on Mar 12, 2021 at 12:50 pm
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on Mar 12, 2021 at 12:50 pm

So people bear no responsibility for their own actions? For their own willingness to attack and possibly infect others?

How do you explain the increase in attacks on Asians specifically?


Lamont D.
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2021 at 1:06 pm
Lamont D., Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Mar 12, 2021 at 1:06 pm

I cannot answer for the previous poster but as a person of non-white/non-Aryan ethnicity,

> So people bear no responsibility for their own actions?

Just ask any white southerner during the Jim Crow era or an elderly Nazi hiding in Brazil for your answer.

Typical reply...just following the orders, views, and values of the majority society or those in power (the same).

Thus their governments and law enforcement agencies didn't try to stop any of it at the time.

>> How do you explain the increase in attacks on Asians specifically?

Racism? It is highly unlikely that Asians are attacking other Asians over the coronavirus. Just a hunch.

Next question?


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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 12, 2021 at 1:45 pm
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James stated that "The state government and county agencies are solely responsible for this anti-social behavior."

If governments and agencies are "SOLELY" responsible, he's absurdly claiming people lack free will and bear NO responsibility for their actions NOW.



Julie W.
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on Mar 12, 2021 at 2:40 pm
Julie W., another community
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on Mar 12, 2021 at 2:40 pm

This is so disheartening. America truly is a hateful land of malcontents.

•"Some people are frustrated and angry."

•"Related illnesses and deaths aside, the various restrictions and closures over the past year are the primary cause for these wrongful and unwarranted attacks against Asians."

The poster who contributed these comments apparently blames state government ordered business closures and various county public health mandates for a plethora of personal inconveniences and limitations thus justifying the overall reason for hate-crimes towards Asians.

Incredible as this mindset is reminiscent of another malcontent who refuses to take personal responsibility for anything.

2021 is going to be even worse than 2020.

The coronavirus will continue to mutate resulting in more jobs lost, more homes falling to foreclosure, more renters evicted, periodic businesses closures and more stimulus checks.

Meanwhile the hate and blame will flame even further whether it is virus-based or racist-based.

And people will begin turning on one another even more so, whether physically or verbally.

There is no turning back to yesteryear as true peace and solace can only be found in passing on.

Perhaps it's best to let the younger people have and assume management/control of this lousy world.

Life over 60 is done and over.

Why continue to live in a cesspool?


LeeAnne Decker
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on Mar 12, 2021 at 4:35 pm
LeeAnne Decker, another community
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on Mar 12, 2021 at 4:35 pm

@Julie W.

With MNBC playing in the background on the TV, all I can hear are African Americans complaining about something or other and now the national topic is turning to the recent attacks on Asians by those blaming them for the global pandemic that has adversely impacted so many lives and families.

How did we get to this societal abyss?

Probably by not keeping America a homogenous society dating back to the earliest of days.

The importation of minority races to perform subservient and menial labor led to this situation along with America not maintaining an isolationist global policy.

Lax immigration policies also contributed to the problem as everyone does not need to live in the United States.

We owe the rest of the world nothing and vice versa.

The days of wine and roses never existed in America and anyone who believes things will get better are pipedreaming.

Just listening or watching the daily news confirms that prophecy.

The song is over.


Sam Dalton
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2021 at 7:23 am
Sam Dalton, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Mar 13, 2021 at 7:23 am

"It was the best of times (for some like Jeff Bezos of Amazon and ZOOM) and the worst of times (for countless others)."

21st century Charles Dickens


R. Cavendish
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on Mar 13, 2021 at 1:47 pm
R. Cavendish, another community
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on Mar 13, 2021 at 1:47 pm

> "How did we get to this societal abyss?"

Outside of the pandemic, it is most likely attributable to social and economic disparities which some attribute to racism, a lack of equal opportunity, and judicial biases.

Just imagine...if there was a fixed income in America, of say around $125,000.00-$150,000.00 per adult/per annum (regardless of one's education or job skills), most folks would/should be able to get by unless they were fiscally irresponsible or negligent.

This would mean no more billionaires and no more minimum wage earners.

A highly unlikely utopian vision as greed and outward appearances tend to remain a priority for most of the human race whether in America or abroad.

Moses seemingly wasted his energy bringing down those stone tablets (which he later destroyed in disgust) and Jesus was later crucified to amend for mankind's indiscretions over 2000 years ago.

Humanitarian progress is slow when it comes to the human race.


Squidsie
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on Mar 13, 2021 at 9:07 pm
Squidsie, another community
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on Mar 13, 2021 at 9:07 pm

Despite the narrative being pushed by the media and the social justice warriors, have ANY of these attacks been committed by white supremacists? From the pictures of the suspects when they have bee published, it doesn't appear so.


jane
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on Mar 14, 2021 at 8:38 am
jane, another community
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✓ have ANY of these attacks been committed by white supremacists?

Based on the news reportage, the victims of these horrendous attacks are not all Chinese but include other Asian ethnicities as well (i.e. Korean, Thai, Vietnamese).

So it goes without saying that in addition to bigotry, ignorance can also be added into the equation.

And those two characteristics are characteristic of ALL white supremacists who ardently believe that their pre-ordained all-white nation is slipping away from them.


Roy M
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Downtown North
on Mar 14, 2021 at 11:33 am
Roy M, Downtown North
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on Mar 14, 2021 at 11:33 am

Many of the comments on this thread are so disheartening. If you look at the various news reports of arrests, the perpetrators come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds which means that stereotypes and ignorance are still widespread across the entire community. Instead of placing groups against each other, we should use these attacks as a wake up call. The solution will only come when we learn to treat everyone with respect as an individual.


Paul Darby
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on Mar 14, 2021 at 11:40 am
Paul Darby, another community
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> "So it goes without saying that in addition to bigotry, ignorance can also be added into the equation."

>> "If you look at the various news reports of arrests, the perpetrators come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds which means that stereotypes and ignorance are still widespread across the entire community."

^ Concurring but the chances are slim (as in remote), that Asians are committing these hate crimes against each other.

It's the other ethnicities (whether white or different people of color) involved in these atrocious activities.


Roy M
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on Mar 14, 2021 at 11:44 am
Roy M, Downtown North
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on Mar 14, 2021 at 11:44 am

@Paul Darby.

"It's the other ethnicities (whether white or different people of color) involved in these atrocious activities."

100% concur with your above statement and didn't mean to suggest otherwise.


Emory Andrews
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on Mar 14, 2021 at 12:10 pm
Emory Andrews, Professorville
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on Mar 14, 2021 at 12:10 pm

> "the victims of these horrendous attacks are not all Chinese but include other Asian ethnicities as well (i.e. Korean, Thai, Vietnamese)."

Some say the sign of an ignorant person (regardless of their background) is one who cannot tell the differences.


preston sweeney
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on Mar 14, 2021 at 12:48 pm
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° Some say the sign of an ignorant person (regardless of their background) is one who cannot tell the differences.

The same can be said of a person who cannot tell right from wrong which is why all prisons should remain open for business regardless of one's ethnic background.


Anonymous
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 14, 2021 at 3:19 pm
Anonymous, Duveneck/St. Francis
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on Mar 14, 2021 at 3:19 pm

Talk about homogeneous societies, LOOK at Japan. I understand it’s very hard to immigrate into that country. Why is this?

Meanwhile, in the PR of China, I thought sex selection was famously done....against females....and gene editing to create a preferred baby is happening (or happening soon). I sure would not want to live in Communist China, even with their convenient at times pseudo Capitalism. The human rights abuses of the Uighurs are the most shocking thing!!

Taiwan, I’m sorry to know is at risk.

The U.S ain’t perfect, but it’s striving towards an ideal. Things have improved, in fits and starts.
It’s a very generous country at state and individual level.

For those who put all “whites” in one group, wow, that’s incorrect.
There is a tremendous span of experience, education, mobility based on many, many, many factors from those descended from posh early Boston Blue Bloods to, for one teensy personal example, one side of my family came over late 1800’s from Scandinavia, see movie The Emigrants (1971 Swedish film), hardly an easy view. Swedes, including in U.S., never had slaves.
Those coming over did have hunger, indentured servitude, suffering.

I make NO assertion or comparison that ^ is like slavery.
But it isn’t like being a Boston Blue Blood, either!
Peace.


Hsui Zhiang
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on Mar 14, 2021 at 4:20 pm
Hsui Zhiang, Charleston Gardens
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on Mar 14, 2021 at 4:20 pm

•Talk about homogeneous societies, LOOK at Japan. I understand it’s very hard to immigrate into that country. Why is this?

^ A cultural belief in racial purity.

• in the PR of China, I thought sex selection was famously done....against females....

^ This plan backfired. Now there are not enough women and many lonely Chinese men who cannot have families.

•Swedes, including in U.S., never had slaves.

^ Swedish immigrant farmers were very hard workers and had humility than the ruthless British and French cplantation owners who were ultimately responsible for the mistreatment of black slaves and subsequent Civil War.

Lastly, those who cannot differentiate Chinese from Vietnamese, Cambodian, Korean, Thai or Japanese are truly ignorant people.


ALB
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College Terrace
on Mar 16, 2021 at 9:50 pm
ALB, College Terrace
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on Mar 16, 2021 at 9:50 pm

Minnie Wong you have it right. I believe we all need to learn how to defend ourselves. One good friend of mine in NJ is a film editor who used to work late shifts in Manhattan. She learned martial arts because she is about five feet three. She is not Asian. She is Jewish. Nobody messes with Z. I believe that the attacks on Asians are racist and based on envy. Many Americans believe that all Asians are disciplined, financially well off and doing better than others. It is atrocious that these Asian Americans are being attacked. I see in Chinatown and in Oakland there are groups of people monitoring the neighborhoods to protect seniors and others of Asian ancestry.


melba dickerson
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Old Palo Alto
on Mar 17, 2021 at 9:26 am
melba dickerson, Old Palo Alto
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 9:26 am

America is radidly becoming a country of an ongoing race war between a pervasive white supremacist mentality VS people of color.

Where will it all end?

Equality can be legislated but personal prejudices cannot.



Sal Morales, Esq.
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 10:03 am
Sal Morales, Esq., another community
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 10:03 am

"Where will it all end?"

^ It will end badly which is why I chose law as a profession.

There is much on the horizon.


Pieter Danes
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 1:12 pm
Pieter Danes, another community
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 1:12 pm

The January 6th insurrection in DC has painted the United States in a very poor light.

No longer can it profess any ideals of true democracy and equality while forcing this farcical propaganda upon other countries.

The Republican Party, QAnoners, Tea Party adherents and white supremacists have made America a global contradiction.


Danny Walters
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 1:48 pm
Danny Walters, College Terrace
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 1:48 pm

I suspect that a strong secession movement will become a further reality.

And if so, does it really matter if the United States is eventually divided?


esther steinman
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 6:21 pm
esther steinman, Duveneck/St. Francis
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 6:21 pm

"The Republican Party, QAnoners, Tea Party adherents and white supremacists have made America a global contradiction."

The Republican Party is on its way out, fragmented by Trumpism and conventional Republicans afraid of his following.

Progressive vs moderate Democrats will become the next modern-day parties.

The 'Party of Lincoln' is due for extinction and given their current leaders, good riddance.


R. Cavendish
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 6:30 pm
R. Cavendish, another community
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 6:30 pm

quote:

"The 'Party of Lincoln' is due for extinction..."

No loss.


Shaquon Davis
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East Palo Alto
on Mar 17, 2021 at 7:10 pm
Shaquon Davis, East Palo Alto
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 7:10 pm

Lincoln was no friend to the black people. Just another white politician.


Me 2
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Old Palo Alto
on Mar 17, 2021 at 8:16 pm
Me 2, Old Palo Alto
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 8:16 pm

The groupthink here is amazing.

Also fun to remember the Southerners that passed the Jim Crow laws happened to be Democrats. Maybe the party of Obama needs to be canceled based on the cancel culture standards that seem to be emerging.

And that BIPOCs have been targeting Asian elders for the last two decades in SF and Oakland. These events didn't just start happening recently. Amazing in such a progressive Blue region like the SF Bay Area.

I know it doesn't fit the simple narrative in your heads, but hey, the world is complex and full of nuance. Which is lacking in a bunch of these posts.


Monica Yeung Arima
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Professorville
on Mar 17, 2021 at 11:01 pm
Monica Yeung Arima, Professorville
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on Mar 17, 2021 at 11:01 pm

I inquired about Asian hate crime in Palo Alto, one of the city council member told me that the Palo Alto police department said that it was NONE reported. Why? I should be happy but the truth is I kept on receiving stories of verbal or physical assault from varies sources including our Stanford campus. The crime is way under reported.

Today the old lady fought back. Is it good news or not? I wonder? Witnesses: Elderly Asian Woman Beats Up Man Attacking Her In San Francisco - CBS SF BayArea Web Link

NPR have news on this subject almost every day. Web Link

White eggs, brown eggs or quail eggs, they all have egg whites and egg yolks. White or black or yellow color skins, they all bleed the same when hurt. Stop racial profiling of any kinds.

I received a few nice notes from neighbors and colleagues, thank you!

Watch Minari: A story about where we come from, and where we choose to grow. This weekend watch Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari everywhere you rent movies. ???? The immigrant dream of risking it all to create value, with the tumult of generational conflict woven & healed by commitment to family. Appreciated the inclusion of faith, including Pentecostal speaking in tongues, casting out spirits and extreme depictions of devotion carrying the cross and kids deriding him. The Koreans going to the Ozarks to escape Korean church rang true too. Web Link

By the way, I did invite white or guests with colors for activities like dumpling making for Chinese New Year. I share my roses cuttings at Nextdoor to all my neighbors that’s interested.

In the future, I would like to share documentary of Asian American history with my neighbors through Nextdoor or movie day when the pandemic is over. I’ve a good collection. Bless!


Terry James
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 7:21 am
Terry James, another community
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on Mar 18, 2021 at 7:21 am

While it is uncalled for and rude, verbal abuse can be ignored.

On the other hand, physical violence is not to be tolerated and if someone gets severely hurt while assaulting another individual based on racial prejudice, they deserve whatever they get in return.

I suspect that this is primarily a 'white on Asian' series of crimes as most Asians are not going to be blaming or assaulting one another over the pandemic.


LaVonne Michaels
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East Palo Alto
on Mar 19, 2021 at 12:40 pm
LaVonne Michaels, East Palo Alto
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 12:40 pm

White people do not discriminate against those they discriminate against.

It has always been open season for all people of color regardless of their skin color.

The great white hunter is alive and well in America.


Mary Lane
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Palo Alto Hills
on Mar 19, 2021 at 1:13 pm
Mary Lane, Palo Alto Hills
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 1:13 pm

The conquerers and colonialists will always be viewed as oppressors by the ones they conquered.

This goes back to early times when the Egyptians, Romans, Turks, British, Spanish, French, Dutch etc. all conquered and expanded their empires.

It is unfortunate for the losers but in essence, this is the history of mankind and human nature.


Marlon Wyman
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East Palo Alto
on Mar 19, 2021 at 6:32 pm
Marlon Wyman, East Palo Alto
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 6:32 pm

@ previous poster...

Typical white American racist mindset and a pervasive one as well.

Things are gonna change.

Just watch and endure reality.


Harley Williams
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 7:01 pm
Harley Williams, another community
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on Mar 19, 2021 at 7:01 pm

African Americans have more opportunity to succeed in America than Africans in Africa.

This consideration should speak volumes.


Lin Zhao
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Charleston Meadows
on Mar 20, 2021 at 7:00 am
Lin Zhao, Charleston Meadows
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 7:00 am

it’s called conforming to societal norms, working hard and bettering yourself. Don't hate because Asian-Americans are largely successful, learn from them, emulate them.


John B. Sails
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:32 am
John B. Sails, Midtown
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:32 am

For too long, Hispanics lowered their heads and took the physically demanding jobs white people didn't want, and that's all they were to whites. Where is my landscaper! I have a white peoples' party tonight! Asian-Americans would also lower their eyes and take the mentally demanding jobs (like accounting) white people thought themselves above, and that's all they were to whites. Hispanics and Asians? It's time for your lives matter, it's time for your kids to play tackle football, it's time for your 'black panthers' including with the gun clips. Radicalization is the answer, like smart fed-up black Americans do. Then, you can't be marginalized.


Robert Tinsley
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Stanford
on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:44 am
Robert Tinsley, Stanford
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:44 am

Most Asians do not need to play football whether for fun or scholarship as they can rely on other attributes for eventual success (i.e. scholastics and devotion to chosen career path).

That said...there's nothing wrong with playing sports but there is a difference between 'needing to' vs as a sidelight activity.


John B. Sails
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Midtown
on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:50 am
John B. Sails, Midtown
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 8:50 am

uh...you felt it more important to challenge that than the thing about the Panthers with the gun clips? Why?


LeeAnne Wong
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Downtown North
on Mar 20, 2021 at 10:00 am
LeeAnne Wong, Downtown North
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 10:00 am

FYI...the original Black Panthers officially disbanded decades ago.

While there are some newer African American rights advocacy groups embracing the Black Panther's original philosophy on social injustice, inequality and racism...to lump them all together as black panthers carrying gun clips is both narrow-minded and guess what?

Racist.


John B. Sails
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 10:19 am
John B. Sails, Midtown
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 10:19 am

The black panthers were heroes. With you in Asian-American struggle, Ms. Wong, sorry, you don't seem to know anything about the black panthers.


Jeffrey Chang
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 11:18 am
Jeffrey Chang, another community
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 11:18 am

"The black panthers were heroes."

To many younger African Americans during those turbulent times...yes.

To the average white person...no.

When the Black Panthers stood on the steps of the state Capitol in Sacto many whites of the time shuddered in fear.

But unlike the white insurrectionists in DC, no blood was shed nor violence incited.

Some white people (not all) could probably take a few lessons from people of color...it might make those particular white people more humane.


John B. Sails
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 11:20 am
John B. Sails, Midtown
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 11:20 am

preach, Mr. Chang...


Greg Collins
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 12:59 pm
Greg Collins, another community
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 12:59 pm

a lot of purely self-serving white conservative people are running scared these days as they perceive control of the country is getting away from them.

HR-1 is is an example. All Republicans oppose it because they are afraid of losing future elections

So they have replaced their sheets with suits and are preparing either a long-winded filibuster or a book-reading excercise.

Add a pycho QAnon cult + a hypocritical Christian Conservative base + old white men wearing MAGA caps complaining about a stolen election + a gun-toating high-school dropout like Boerbert serving in Congress + noted attorney Rudy Gulianni and you have the ardent Republican voter base.

Hilarious but scary.

Even the dinosaurs knew when to quit but it took a supernova.


Pi Tsei
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Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 20, 2021 at 1:48 pm
Pi Tsei, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 1:48 pm

° The black panthers were heroes.

Not to white people back in the day.

Revisionist history is alive and well by the white people who seem to freely pick and choose their 'heroes'.

All credibility is now lost.


Me 2
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Old Palo Alto
on Mar 20, 2021 at 2:58 pm
Me 2, Old Palo Alto
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 2:58 pm

Hilarious to read all the simplistic groupthink on politics.

You'd think Palo Alto residents were smarter than that.

Turns out reading only the talking points in your own little bubble can even happen here.


emory carlson
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 3:17 pm
emory carlson, another community
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on Mar 20, 2021 at 3:17 pm

...all the simplistic groupthink on politics.

You'd think Palo Alto residents were smarter than that.


Palo Alto is a "not so quaint Mayberry by the bay" and most of its folks feel safe residing in their little bubbles.

The only thing surprising is that they don't have USPS Rural Delivery or guard Foothills Park with wooden popguns using the corks from their wine bottles as ammo.


Monica Yeung Arima
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Professorville
on Mar 21, 2021 at 7:39 am
Monica Yeung Arima, Professorville
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on Mar 21, 2021 at 7:39 am

Prof Frank Wu wrote a very good book《Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White》It is a worthy read.(He also gave a speech on the subject:Web Link His philosophy and mindset is also part of the reasons that I’m getting involved. Bless!

The following is an article written by Charlotte Fu about me in Chinese. In case you know some Chinese, here it is. Frank’s article is quoted in my article. There is two parts to it and here is part II(下). Part I (上)is referenced in the article, if interested. Web Link


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