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The amount of money that has been raised to support the killer cop, Officer Darren Wilson…
Rest with that for just a minute…
The fund for Michael Brown is at $237,511 after 11 days…
Just think about that..
Subject of iconic photo speaks of anger, excitement
Edward Crawford has found instant fame after coming forward as the man pictured in a Post-Dispatch photograph symbolic of Ferguson unrest after the police shooting of Michael Brown. But he has claimed police brutality while being in the aftermath of his arrest, claiming he was punched in his eye after being handcuffed.
My dear friend: Thank you for being so honest to share that with me, and I’m sorry for what you’ve gone through. I believe you’re referring to this post about the wrongful death of Ryo Oyamada by the NYPD.
To be truthful, I try to steer clear of blogging about race because I don’t want to be an “Angry Asian” (whatever that means), but it’s been so difficult to avoid this very real struggle lately. When it gets to a boiling point, I definitely want to be able to stick up for my fellow minorities and Asians, no matter how many people yell or unfollow.
Out of anything I’ve ever blogged, including faith and sexuality and politics and church, the issue of race has received the most hurtful divisive comments. I won’t lie and say that I’ve been able to shrug it off so easily. There’s suddenly this huge backlash against “race-baiting” and the “race card” and “racially charged views,” as if race has nothing to do with our current cultural problems.
I think several people were also angry about the post when I said, "Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive." Please believe me when I say, I wish this was NOT true. It’s long been a social stigma for Asian-Americans to be perceived as silent and submissive. It’s why Abercrombie & Fitch can make racist t-shirts and tweets against Asians, or why a famous pastor like Rick Warren can post a racist picture of Asian oppression and then call everyone “Pharisees” for not getting the “joke,” or why a giant Christian publisher like Zondervan can make racist youth group materials with phrases like “Herro” and “You on my bad rist” and “I am driving a red Rincoln” (thankfully, Zondervan completely destroyed all copies). It’s why another driver in traffic is more likely to yell at me, or in one case, a white pastor called me at 3am and yelled at me for an hour, or why cashiers speak slower so I can understand better: because all these people know I probably won’t put up a fight.
I’m also absolutely not against the police, but I do believe they’re accountable to the same laws they enforce, if not more so. I understand that investigations take time, yet unexplainable delays also cost us our dignity.
I don’t talk about these things too much, but yes, it absolutely does hurt me and infuriate me. Every single instance of bullying throughout my school years has been racially related, and again: I don’t really bring it up, because I don’t believe that anger or retaliation is the solution. I’m not here to egg on someone else’s bitterness. I simply hope we can understand each other better, that issues of race really sting for people like me. and that we’re rationally aware of how racism still impacts us. I hope we can have these discussions without patronizing or condescending, but to build bridges.
I had colorful fun w/ Asiyami Gold today.