Monday, January 10, 2005
an American story
Anybody out there remember James Yee, the Chinese American Muslim chaplain (and West Point graduate) who was wrongly accused by the American government for being a traitor and a terrorist?
The Seattle Times is running an excellent series about the entire incident. you can check it out here. Currently, they're on Part 3.
If you haven't heard of him, it's not surprising, given the fact that it's another case of case of both the US government and the American public being quick to scream "TRAITOR" when the man in question is Asian. Those who are down will recall also the Wen Ho Lee incident as well.
Stories like this just piss me off. Why are people who are Asian American and/or Muslim have to continually prove that they are as much a part of America as Johnny A. Crackerman? Do I have to wear a t-shirt that says "MY FAMILY HAS BEEN IN AMERICA FOR 4 GENERATIONS, SO KISS MY ASS IF YOU THINK I CAN'T SPEAK ENGLISH"?!
Sure, you can eat our food and date our women, but when it comes to recognizing us as real human beings and genuine American citizens, is that too much to ask?
I encourage everybody to sign the online petition demanding an Army apology. It's really the least that you can do. If you're interested in learning more about Capt. James Yee, you can also visit a site dedicated to helping him:
No justice, no peace.
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