||[Apr. 19th, 2007|10:24 pm]
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It's stupid, really. I was watching CNN's "Paula Zahn Now" coverage on this and it really gets frustrating watching those type of news. She interviewed two asians. One was a Vietnamese writer, the other a Chinese student. She asked them if they were in danger of being mistaken for Korean, if there was shame in the killings for their heritage. And in my mind, all I was thinking was- since when did this become a racial issue? This is the worst thing about White American news. If it suddenly involves other ethnicity, be it the 9/11 "middle eastern" attacks, or this "Korean" killer, they always have to tag the criminal with their ethnicity background just to make them stand out. And it doesn't just label them but their whole ethnicity.
The student said "Oh well, yea. We were getting emails not to stay out late at night."
And Paula rambled on about Asians are now in danger. Expanding on the student's response.
I really liked the answer the writer gave. It was along the lines of "Well, asians are seen as a tight-knit community. We're still a minority so we're still expected to behave. And if one of us does something bad, it suddenly makes all of us bad, unfortunately. If this had been a white killer, ethnicity wouldn't be an issue at all."
Guess what Paula Zahn does? "Thank you for that honesty. We'll go to commercial."
It really begs the question- What was the point of asking a personal question like that if you'll just disrespect the answer? I think those type of questions are just traps. He'll either feed her what she wants to hear, that this is a racial issue or defend himself and his heritage which she will just brush off as an "honest" response, and in a way, taking its strength away.
They went on interviewing Korean students who were leaving VTech fearing there might be a backlash. This isn't a racial issue but the news is turning it into one.
Why should the whole Korean community apologize for the individual act of one person? Do white people apologize for other whites? It's absurd. What's worst is no one is standing up against these type of racism.
Why not focus on the crime instead of exaggerating it into something else.
33 people died and the media has a field day turning it into a racial mistrust.