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  •  I note the following event when a group of (6+ / 0-)

    pro-Wilson demonstrators were approached by a neighborhood resident and asked to move their protest as they were stirring the pot unnecessarily.

    The resident received this response regarding the protest:
    "protesters telling Dewan that it is their First Amendment right to protest, and telling him they are U.S. citizens."  (However, for his asking them not to protest was also his First Amendment right.  I am not sure what was implied by the remark about citizenship)

    Then there was this: Dewan replied that he is a U.S. citizen, too. Then one protester told him to learn to speak English.  Dewan replied he was speaking English.  Evidently this reference was to his apparent perceived African American dialect.   However this is English and points to a problem with the majority white, pro Wilson protests.  Wilson so far has had nothing done to him to protest about IMHO compared to Brown who is dead.  

    The pro-Wilson protests point to racial divides not only in Ferguson but in the nation as my granddaughter, who is an accomplished lovely child was told by a friend's mother that she should not like white boys, because the Bible says "race mixing is a sin".  My other granddaughter had a room mate at church camp demand another room because my granddaughter "smelled funny" and "looked dirty".  

    So, yeah, the pro-Wilson protestors imply that African Americans (most of whose ancestors did not choose to immigrate here) are somehow not "American" and cannot speak English properly.  These are old calumnies I have read in tracts dating to circa 1900-1920 but yet are still repeated today over a century later    

    •  Because this works for the majority white sect (1+ / 0-)
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      I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 04:14:36 AM PDT

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    •  This makes my heart hurt. (5+ / 0-)

      But I am not surprised. As an Asian American I deal with my own micro aggressions every day.  I am the perfect minority: submissive female Asian, sex kitten, intelligent but hey, you speak great English with no accent. Fancy that, as a 4th generation in the US it's the only language I speak. I have also been told to go back to where I came from and it's like where? New Jersey? That is where I was born honey when my dad was in the army.  But you know, I count my blessings after the past couple of weeks. At least the default stereotype bias is the "good minority" and not "thug" or those horrid horrid stereotypes your children and grandchildren have to deal with.

      I also found myself at dinner last week with my kids telling them that if a cop ever tells you to do something just do it. Don't answer back.  You see, even as a good minority I don't trust them if met with what they perceive as defiance.  

      Every nasty horrible thing I read from the Wilson supporters makes my blood boil. It makes it boil even more because they can't even see the racist bigots they are when they say what they say.  I wish for a world that truly is post racial. In the past few weeks I have come to realize that we have a lot further to go than I thought we did. I despair that this country will ever mature and get past the racial biases.  Hey Justice Roberts, this is a crappy post racial society.

      Why yes there is a war on women and minorities.

      by karma5230 on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 04:24:35 AM PDT

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      •  I concur; many years ago, I taught in public (2+ / 0-)
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        school which, at that time, had a good many military dependents among its students.  A recurring problem for them was the same problem you note, to the point of having some strangers attempt to engage them in "pidgin English" on the street whenever we took a field trip.

        I am very sorry that you had to endure such prejudice but I would note that not all Asian-Americans were seen as "good minorities" as I remember the Vietnamese "boat people" following the fall of South Viet Nam and the poor welcome they received in many communities.  Any minority can be seen as a threat, no matter how absurd the contention is

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