Typical, it has become the norm.....
Typical, it has become the norm.....
There is no such thing as reverse-racism
Or how about some Asian groups organize to deal with this? The only groups that are currently making any really effort to rectify the situation are some pretty low key local Asian groups (South Philadelphia Vietnamese groups and the China Town association). Again I have to compare the reactions between this and the "Jena 6"...six blacks actually assaulted someone and became a cause celebre among black "activists" (although I do agree with some points regarding the inappropriate severity of the sentencing) versus 23 Asians who were assaulted themselves after having to suffer in an on-going environment of racist hostility. And it's on page 2 of the local newspaper (to be fair the development of the situation was also on the cover of a local indie free weekly- weeks before this incident, in hindsight that was some excellent journalism that people should have payed more attention to).I would find it hilarious if a crowd of white folks were outside Al Sharpton's house with bullhorns protesting his not coming down to Philly to decry this violence.
I think this country's concept of racism was basically formed in reaction to the South's segregation, and it lacks a subtly required to process the racism prevalent in Northern multi-cultural cities.Originally Posted by jallman
Americans are used to the paradigm of "one large minority with political control abusing a small disenfranchised minority". That scenario legitimately existed in the Jim Crow south, however in large cities lots of small minorities that are all equally disenfranchised can be quite racist towards each other.
However, even that scenario isn't applicable here.
Philadelphia is about 45% black (and in public schools this population is even more dominant, due to the fact that many whites in this city are Irish or Italian who typically send their kids to Catholic schools) and about 10% Asian. Furthermore, the city's mayor and much of its political establishment (excepting the police, which has consistently been dominated by Irish and Italians) is black. The head of schools and a great deal (going totally from personal experience because there aren't available statistics) of the teachers are black. So there's an argument to be made here that the kind of racism found at this high school could be somewhat compared to Jim Crow style institutional racism.
Now, I don't think the mayor or city council is racist against Asians, and I doubt the black teachers are personally biased against Asians, however it seems totally reasonable to me that they're biased towards fellow blacks. Which I think is a major contributing factor here.
Last edited by new coup for you; 12-09-09 at 05:37 PM.
And why does your tone suggest that you do not care about children?
Absoloutely.....Originally Posted by New Coup For you
This belongs in the Media Bias Forum.
If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
I'm frankly astounded the youths were not charged and arrested with assault. Bullying alone could get you in trouble with the police in UK as it falls under harrassment.“It is our opinion that South Philadelphia High School is still not a safe place for us,” read the statement. “Because we are Asian immigrants, we are targeted. We have been working with the school a long time, but the school has failed to provide a concrete plan to address our safety inside and outside the building.”
I'm also surprised that a group with a history like the African Americans would be receptive to racism seeing they suffered through it enough. You'd think they would learn how much damage it causes and why do I have a sneaking suspicion if it was whites beating up blacks until they were too scared to go to school, half your country would be in uproar