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The sad history of Asian hatred & ethnic violence in the un-United States of America

 

There has always been a deep hatred in our American Republic, especially for the so-called, "Chinaman."  The history of our republic is replete with social rules and instantaneously ratified exclusionary laws specifically enacted for Asians from China.  The speed of their enactment is stupefying.  The Chinese Exclusion Act (which lasted 70 years - until 1952) was the first – and remains the only – law to have been implemented to prevent all members of a 'specific ethnic or national group' from immigrating to the United States.

I was once told of an immigrant (low life) Irishman who murdered an Asian man in cold blood in Reno, Nevada in the early 1900's in broad daylight and he never did a day in a prison - were he belonged.  His warped logic told him that by murdering an Asian he'll be readily accepted into whiteness and not looked down upon by the Nativist who regarded the newly arrived Irish immigrants as not worthy of a place at the table of white people. 
 
Covid-19 was but an excuse to unleash what was always present in American society.  Even blaming the nation of China for it (and entirely without a shred of proof provided) wasn't unexpected. 
 
The deep enmity towards the Chinese immigrants (who almost exclusively build the railroads of this nation (at great personal expense) made it easy for the later internment of the American Japanese populace during WWII. Such is the manner of American styled ethnic hatred. 
 
All the recent acts of unmitigated violence we see from coast-to-coast on Asians (for me some of the saddest of these attacks are black people attacking another person of color) against our Asian sisters and brothers is horrifyingly on the rise.  I'll put forward legislation exclusively aimed at attacks on Asians, be they American-born or otherwise (a mere visitor) with "mandatory minimum prison sentences" - that we may prevent its repetition.
 
But, the law won't change the mindset of millions of haters of Asians, but the appropriate punishment should be awaiting all bad actors.  Had I caught this particular piece of garbage in the act he commits (here), jail would have been the very last of his problems - he'd have never made it to court.

 

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”  - John Dunne


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