Stop Racial Hate and Killings…Asian Lives Matters Too.

All Lives Matter Is A Lie

A country where its vulnerable citizens are afraid to leave their homes is a country that failed in its promise to serve and protect.

Until a year ago, I didn’t realize people have to worry for their life and safety for looking too Asian in America, even in the most diverse tolerant State like California.

Not all of us knows Kung Fu and we all don’t look the same. We are NOT responsible for people’s actions, behavior and attitude that made the U.S. No. 1 in the World for COVID-19 cases and deaths. We are just easy prey for blame, harassment and abuse.

My wife is concerned that I stand out looking too Chinese when we travel to places where Racial Hate Crimes and Violence has increased like San Francisco. Ironic because SF has one of the biggest Chinese American population in the U.S. Terrifying because more than ever it is dangerous to be culturally different and ethnic in a country that used to take pride as Land for “All” Migrants and Dreamers. All has been replaced with “some are welcome, not everyone.

I wanted to visit San Francisco this weekend but my wife told me no and texted me this instead. This man was beaten in broad day light at the business district. No SF for awhile. Tourists for their own safety should boycott the city until it proves itself non-hostile. It only takes seconds to become the next victim.

Times have changed. Today, new migrants and refugees are treated like pests including children. Aren’t we doing this now to Latinos crossing the U.S. Borders?

What kind of person hurts children and women like it’s the most natural thing to do? What kind of society looks the other way knowing it is happening?

It’s scary to see more people losing their humanity because of supremacy and entitlement. To show kindness and mercy to those seeking refuge are now considered weakness and being unpatriotic. So we treat the new arrivals like animals, dehumanizing them. We take away their dignity. We break their dreams until they are no longer recognizable. This is what we’ve become when greed and self interest are threatened.

It took a year and 8 lives for people to have the courage to stand up and fight for those who can’t.

What is happening to us Americans? Aren’t we suppose to protect the oppressed? Aren’t we the leader and protector of Democracy? We can’t claim greatness when we are not really great. We can’t pretend to be a hero when our actions are those of a villain. We can’t claim to be good when we’re not.

A real Hero of our times. She fought back and gave back so what happened to her may not happen again to others.

People see us for who we are. The world sees us for who we are. Trust and Respect are earned. Bullying and harassment does not work.

A law enforcement body reveals its preference and prejudice by the words and actions of its officers that represents it. Informing the public why shooter killed the victims, first cop said something like, “He had a very bad day.” Second cop said later, “He had sex addiction.” Even justice treats people and cases differently because of Race. Same reason why many choose not to report Racial Hate Crimes.

Racism is just one neighbor away.

Anyone who allowed Racist remarks like “Kung Flu” and “China Plague,” be spoken irresponsible in media to poison minds are just as guilty as the one who committed acts of Racial Hate Crimes. We condoned it. We made fun of it. So, here we are trying to make sense of the heartbreaking consequences.

I can’t forget my wife’s words when she told me, “I was lining up to order burger for our son when I noticed people were looking at me from head to toe. It made me very uncomfortable.” I asked her why. Her answer made me angry, “Because I was the only one that looked different.” I asked her, “Did you say anything?” Her response, “No, I hurriedly left after I got my order because I felt really bad and embarrassed.” I’m reminded of her experience every time I see the burger place on my way to work. It is unbelievable that Racism is just one neighbor away, but it is!

“We all know hate when we see it.” – Senator Raphael Warnock

Violent Asian Hate Crimes are rising alarmingly but not treated seriously. Defenseless old people being shoved to the pavement even to their death. Asians being shot randomly senseless. Asians being beaten on their lunch break. Children stabbed because of misinformation that anyone who looks Chinese has the “China or Chinese Plague,” a label that screams Racism yet allowed to be spoken repeatedly on National Television by no other than the former President Trump himself. It isn’t a surprise that Asian Hate Crimes are increasing. We know it’s coming. We are just shock fellow Americans in our own communities will act on it. Who would have thought people you cared for will turn on you?

We don’t want to be known as a Nation that is weak in protecting its elderlies or selectively protecting only those whose lives we believe are more important.

Racial Hate Crimes and Violence are inhuman, cowardly, horrific, appalling, evil, unacceptable. They are the real present threat. A domestic terror that needs to be eradicated. A disease as fatal as Cancer and the Pandemic.

How many of us must be killed first before justice and change happens? Enough warnings were made last year, no one took it seriously other than the victims and their families.

I’m showing America we are more than its stereotypes and labels. We are your frontliners risking our lives and health every day for you.

It’s bizarre how Healthcare Workers are called Heroes during the Pandemic by the Media but many are disrespected and threatened when they walk the streets in their scrubs. Now that hospitalizations are up again from COVID-19 in some States, TV commercials about “ Our Heroes,” will sure fill the airwaves. It is NOT making us feel better nor make our working conditions better. Never did.

We are your Doctors, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Paramedics and Pharmacists who helped you survive COVID-19 and help you get vaccinated so you can have your normal life back.

We took care of your sick families members like they were our own family when you can’t. We held your love ones hands till their last breathe and treated them with love, dignity and respect.

Don’t just call and shout “Nurse, Nurse.” We have names. Remember them like we remembered yours. We have hearts, love them like we loved yours.

We are the faceless unknowns that helped built, maintain and clean your homes, business establishments, parks and streets. We are the people that prepares your food and everything to make your life easier.

We are the unappreciated, the undervalued, the unseen, the unspoken who contribute with our blood, sweat and tears to make America Great possible.

If only we love people of other Race and Culture like we love their food. If only we are capable of loving our neighbors like we love ourselves. Isn’t that what the Bible and our Churches are preaching? Deflecting with anger and hate will only make the guilt from our sins worse.

Racial Hate Crimes perpetrators are serial violent offenders. They are the real pest and threat that needs to be stopped. No place is safe for our elderlies, women and children until it ends.

Equal justice and opportunity for all…that’s our new American Dream.

Until we speak and do something, we will never know if change and hope are possible.

We chose California as home because we thought it’s the safest place to raise our son but now I’m not sure.

A crime to one of us is a crime to all. The pain inflicted to one of us is a pain inflicted to all. Shame one, shamed all. Harm one, harmed all.

I normally walk alone by myself but today I asked my 15-year old to walk with me. I shouldn’t be afraid, but I am now. Terrorism in America is out of control.

Please #StopAsianHate and Killings.

Death is death, loss is loss, harm is harm, but why do we feel different and respond differently when it happens to a Race different than ours?

#AsianLivesMatter too like everyone else and till that truly happens, #AllLivesMatter is just an elusive dream in America.

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42 Responses to Stop Racial Hate and Killings…Asian Lives Matters Too.

  1. “Racism is just one neighbor away.”

    Truth. As MLK said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

    Whose color, religion, or culture will be targeted next?

    As you said, the perpetrators of racial hate crimes are the serial offenders who must be stopped. Anarchists are the real enemy, not any racial or religious minority.

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    • Thanks for the feedback & support. Last year, we already saw that there are 3 Races that are in danger in the U.S., African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans. This year got worse because those who promised to protect us & make changes didn’t really mean what must be done. Anti-Racism is a movement & people who hopes to have a better, kinder world for their children , elderlies and women should come together as long as it take. It is a fight for all by all. May God give us the heart that is brave and compassionate.

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    • David says:

      There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It’s a Made-Up Label

      The word “race” has been used to define and separate people for millennia. But the concept of race is not grounded in genetics.

      As professor Evelynn Hammonds states in the film Race: The Power of an Illusion: “Race is a human invention. We created it, and we have used it in ways that have been in many, many respects quite negative and quite harmful.”

      People from every demographic have wrongly applied the term race and it needs to stop. Regardless of your political, religious or cultural ideologies, to use the term “systemic racism” only serves to prove that you have no idea as to how the term “race” originated; and worse, you are actually perpetuating a lie that continues to divide us as a people.

      Even the Bible never refers to any group of people as belonging to a specific race. Yes, the word race appears four times in Scripture, but it is used to describe an event (…they which run in a race run all…) not a group of people. So how did we get to where we are today as this false descriptor continues to be used?

      During the Age of Enlightenment, scientific and intellectual ideals exposed a basic contradiction between principle and practice: the enslavement of human beings. Despite the fact that Enlightenment ideals of human freedom and equality inspired revolutions in the United States and France, the practice of slavery persisted throughout the United States and European empires. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, American and European scientists tried to explain this contradiction through the study of “race science,” which advanced the idea that humankind is divided into separate and unequal races. If it could be scientifically proven that Europeans were biologically superior to those from other places, then persons of European ancestry could justify slavery and other imperialistic practices.

      Prominent scientists from many countries, including Sweden, the Netherlands, England, Germany and the United States, used “race science” to give legitimacy to the race-based divisions in their societies. Journalists, teachers and religious leaders popularized the errant science. Racial distinctions continue to shape our politics, our neighborhoods and our sense of self.

      Before the discovery of DNA, scientists had no idea how traits were passed on. Researchers who have since studied people at the genetic level now understand that the whole categorization of races was misconceived. When scientists set out to assemble the first complete human genome, which was a composite of different individuals, they deliberately gathered samples from people who self-identified as members of different races. In June 2000, when the results were announced at a White House ceremony, Craig Venter, a pioneer of DNA sequencing, observed, “The concept of race has no genetic or scientific basis.” In reality, it has no ethical, moral or logical basis either.

      Over the past few decades, genetic research has revealed two deep truths about people. The first is that all humans are closely related; more closely related than all other living things. Everyone has the same collection of genes and everyone has slightly different versions of some of them. Studies of this genetic diversity have allowed scientists to reconstruct a family tree of human populations. That has revealed the second deep truth: In a very real sense, all people alive today are Africans. So, if you are exhibiting some form of prejudice towards another person, simply because the amount of melanin in their composite genetic makeup, you are, in essence, also biased towards yourself.

      When people speak about race, usually they are referring to skin color and, at the same time, to something more than skin color. This is the legacy of wrongheaded scientists who lacked DNA testing and developed the “science” of race to suit their own prejudices. Science today tells us that the visible differences between peoples are merely a reflection of how our ancestors dealt with sun exposure.

      Because racial categories are a man made creation, we can always make new categories that function better…and…we should do so.

      Honestly, if we would all simply follow the examples of Jesus Christ…then much of indifference and prejudice that has spawned violence and hatred would cease to exist.
      The Scriptures clearly remind us: For there is no respect of persons with God.

      God does not care about the color of your skin, how much money you have, where you were born, your native language or your level of education. Why? Because he loves all of us equally…as we should also love each other.

      And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

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      • If only our actions in the real world reflect that of Christ being Christians but even Christ himself was humiliated and killed on the cross for speaking and living the truth. He was an enemy for protecting the poor, the oppressed, the defenseless. Politicians and worldly people hated him. He was stirring a rebellion based on true love and genuine selflessness. If Christ was in our midst today, I bet, he will suffer the same fate because man didn’t really change, we got worse. God gave up his only begotten son to save the world, not to save himself and interest. If we all live the Bible and practice our faith, what’s happening in the news shouldn’t be happening.

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  2. This is sad what the world is turning into. Why target Asians and Asian Americans? What did we ever do to you???

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    • The world is full of bullies from ordinary citizen to government leaders. American history is full of Racial abuse and killings even Genocide. The original owners of America are the American Indians who never stood a chance. True history is never taught in school or allowed to be freely publish in everyday news without filtering. Chinese where treated in the past as nothing, they can’t own lands like other migrants. Why? What makes another migrants and settlers more superior than them? What’s happened many years ago may no longer be allowed or tolerated because it’s unlawful and inhuman but we allowed new forms of Racial oppression and crimes that mostly are unnoticed until someone gets badly hurt or killed. New America needs to heal & be better in actions. Otherwise, the cycle of injustice and inequality keeps going.

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  3. JanBeek says:

    My heart goes out to all who are marginalized, berated, threatened, under-appreciated, suffering injustice, prejudice, injury, and the families of those who were so senselessly killed. I want to do something to help, but I don’t know how. For now, just know I love you! Maybe reposting this post on my blog is a way of spreading the message and affirming the dignity of all God’s Children. I will repost it now. Thank you for speaking out, {{{Island Traveler}}} ❤

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    • Thank you my friend. Growing up I didn’t see colors in people, I just see one beautiful, valuable people created by God. I hope and pray it could be that again in everyone’s world and hearts. Things happening in America is a wake up call. Either we strive to be better or get worse. True change may not even happen in my lifetime but I hope it does in my son’s generation. A parent only wish for their children to be safe and happy. Humanity needs to be better fast and hard. Take care.

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      • JanBeek says:

        I agree! We want the world to be a better place for our children, our grand children … but maybe it will take our great-grandchildren to finally make it better. Who knows? All I can do is my part… ❤ Just love!! ❤

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      • Many lost their ability to LOVE ALL especially those who are forgotten and oppressed in this world. We pray & work together that it may grow on people’s hearts again. Thanks 🙏♥️

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  4. ThingsHelenLoves says:

    I don’t really know what to comment on this one but I just wanted you to know I’ve read your post and it’s touched me. I don’t know what to do about the hate and prejudice, but I’m listening and thinking and prepared stand in solidarity. And hoping that is enough of a place to start.

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    • Thank you. I appreciate it truly. I wanted to join a rally last weekend but didn’t know where, but I will definitely join one on my next day off. A hate crime to one race is a hate crime to all Races. Humanity is endangered and we all have to stand up and fight for it. Many just watched last year thinking it does not affect them or their children, it does affect us all. Peace, love, happiness isn’t these our dreams for ourselves and those we love? Words are powerful tools for change and blogging gives us that opportunity to bring hope and change. I want to join a rally however with my family because I want them to know we are not alone and that we have a voice. I want them to be a part of history they can always look back they did something. Take care.

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  5. Lesley says:

    It’s so terribly sad that people can behave like this to each other just for looking different. Surely the diversity of nations is one of the things that is so wonderful about our world.

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  6. Ab says:

    It’s pretty darn disgusting what is happening with these race-fueled attacks and to be honest quite shocking the incidents that are also coming from San Francisco. I think you and your family are wise to stay vigilant and cautious.

    It was upsetting to see the footage of the elderly woman in SF getting attacked and when she turned the tables on her attacker, he was getting tended to by the paramedics while she’s standing there. Very upsetting times.

    Take care and stay safe!

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  7. Why can’t we all live in peace? Life just doesn’t make sense sometimes.

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  8. As an Asian, I have to say that I never once thought that this day would come. But racial hate has always been a thing, and I think it’s going to be a while before we as a species get over this. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. ourcrossings says:

    Unfortunately, we live in violent times. Some will say that things have always been this violent, and that may or may not be true. What is objectively true is that we’ve never been able to observe and process the present violence in the way we can now. Social media have, for better or worse, revealed our interconnectedness in a way that has never been possible before. each event of great violence prompts feelings of sadness, fear and powerlessness. Sadness, because people were killed.
    Fear, because we seemed to be heading to a dark place as a country. Powerlessness, because no matter how much we want this all to stop, nothing seems to help. Thanks for sharing and take care. Aiva 🙂

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  10. David says:

    It Was Not Racially Motivated

    Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives, Big Tech oligarchs and the lamestream media are pathological liars. They are evil trash and they continue to spew a demonic, nation dividing ideology.

    For far too many years, Democrats in general, and leftists in particular, have indoctrinated certain groups in the personal and political advantages of playing the race card. Simply put, just play your race card, make others feel guilty and you will get everything you desire: government subsistence payments, food stamps, medical care, affirmative action policies that will allow you special treatment when it comes to education and employment, low interest loans for mortgages, etc, etc, etc. Heck, you might even get elected as president or vice president.

    The horrific shooting at three Atlanta-area massage parlors is proof positive of Democrat Party indoctrination. The perpetrator confessed to police that he had a sexual addiction and in his demented mental state he believed the massage parlors were providing him with the means to continue his addiction. Moreover, he categorically stated to the police that his actions were not racially motivated. But you would have never guessed that by reading the leftist newspapers or watching so-called journalists reporting the shooting on the crooked news networks. Even before these evil, demonic media wannabees heard the testimony of the perpetrator, they began paying the race card.

    Fact: Georgia has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the entire country.
    Fact: Many of those being trafficked are of Asian descent.
    Fact: Those female Asian immigrants, now working in US massage parlors, had worked in massage parlors before coming to America.

    So should it come as a surprise that many of the massage parlors are staffed by Asians? What if those parlors had been staffed by Swedish or Norwegian or Russian immigrants? I’ll guarantee you there would be zero reports coming from the mouths of the evil trash that seek to divide the country by claiming every horrific event is racially motivated.

    The left always stirs the African American community before every election cycle and now they are fanning the flames of division within the Asian American community. If you are of Asian descent and you somehow believe the recent shooting in Atlanta was racially motivated, you have been duped by the radical, evil, nation dividing rhetoric spread by the left. And you know full well that your opportunity to live a safe and long life in America is far greater than had you stayed in your birth country.

    If America is so racist, then why have millions more persons of African descent migrated to America, than were ever brought here as a result of slave traders? Wake up people!

    In the final analysis, enjoy the freedom and protection afforded by the Constitution of the United States of America and stop allowing the left to divide us as One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice For All.

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  11. It’s scary to see and hear about how there has been a rise in Asian hate crimes and racism in general. I would have thought that in times of crisis, like during the pandemic, that people would come together and try to fight this thing together. Instead it feels like everyone just wants someone to blame and it’s every person for themselves.

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    • The pandemic campaign last year of stopping the pandemic together failed because many refused to work together and do what’s needed. It reflects a society that is so divided that it would rather have the virus spread like wildfire than set aside its differences and biases to end it. Part of that failure is people unable to accept their neighbors that looks different from them. It is sad but so real. We can only share our stories but it’s up to people if they are willing to open their hearts. America has a long way to go when it comes to coming together as one Nation. Our Politicians can’t even come together till today because it’s always Democrats VS Republicans Tug of war first. People’s welfare is just secondary. If only everyone starts doing small simple acts of kindness, then hope and humanity may stand a chance to be better for all. Thank you for the feedback🙏

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  12. Reki says:

    Honestly, I hate seeing shit like this. It breaks my heart and the fact the news never covers this pisses me off even more. I send all my support out and thank you for making this post and bringing awareness. A lot of people need to see this to understand what Asians/Asian Americans go through in such a disgusting world. Take care of yourself❤️.

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  14. ridicuxx says:

    Unfortunately liberals are trying to frame the conversation that these attacks on Asian Americans are all by white supremists and supporters of Pres Trump. That is a lie. Look at any local metro newspaper and videos caught on tape will show that the vast majority of verbal and physical attacks are done by young black males.

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    • Thanks for the feedback. This week, Seeing hate crimes done by people of color to another person of color , or discrimination between same Race shows Racism is not just about one Race disliking another race but really what’s in the heart of every person. Until people hearts change, be selfless and accept one another, more victims will be shamed, hurt or end up dead in America. Covid pandemic is not the real enemy and threat, it’s men and women losing their humanity.

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  15. empyreansong says:

    I’m so heartbroken reading this. There’s no sense at all in such hatred. As someone who has been discriminated against constantly as a child because I was of a different tribe than the one prevalent in where I grew up, I know just how senseless and stupid and empty it all is. I’m praying that America will quickly recognize and embrace true equality.

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    • The longer I live in America the more I see and experience the evils of its past. People now should find a way to end it if we truly love our children. We don’t want the sins of the present repeat again in theirs. All victims of Racial Hate, crime and prejudice needs to unite, heal and come together. Peace requires hard work, sacrifice and unity. Waiting doesn’t do anything. Thanks 🙏

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  16. zheanpherry says:

    I agree…

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