People are still trying to make sense of the VT tragedy and there are those that just have some pretty outrageous things to say. The article, “The Dark Side of Diversity” written by Pat Buchanan has been particularly troubling to me. In fact, I get a little irate.
He basically pins the virginia tech shootings on american immigration policy. In essence the shooter was here as a result of the immigration act of 1965 which has opened the doors for 864,000 Koreans of which he is a part of (a little short of blaming Koreans all together). Unfortunately, many people listen to this man and his thoughts. This irresponsible writing causes fear, blame and alienation – don’t trust immigrants – them foreigners are bad news. Pat and Imus, one in the same.
Doesn’t scripture call us to care for the alien and foreigner among us or did we cut that out of our pretty leather bound American Bibles with the Lord’s words in Red? Don’t Americans committ crazy unspeakable atrocities against Americans? Yes, what occured at VT was a horrible event. The truth is people die senselessly such as in south philly in broad daylight like almost every week. Two Cambodian women were stabbed to death on a corner recently outside the apartment of one of my staff members. Who has tears for them? There are people who grow up with fear and insecurity here because they’re not like everyone else whether by their skin color, culture or otherwise. New immigrants tend to get picked on here by “Americans.” They get overlooked. They get taken advantage of. It seems that we always need someone to pick on – someone who is the least amongst us. It’s funny how each immigrant group has historically been looked down upon by the previous immigrant group. I remember growing up in Chinatown New York and hearing how the Cantonese folks spoke ill-things on the new wave of fuking (fukanese) immigrants.
remember this anthem from the statue of liberty and new york city by Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus”? i used to hear it all the time as a kid. it used to play on commercials.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.” Deut 10:18
“Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice. . .” Deut 24:17
“Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” Deut 27:19
Other soundbytes and reflections from some AsiAm blogs
Helen Lee cites an article There’s a stone for Cho
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Kelly White and her two children visited the semicircle of memorials on the Virginia Tech campus, leaving 32 pink tulips — one for each victim in last week’s massacre. They also placed a tulip on the stone for gunman Seung-Hui Cho.
“Forgiveness is part of being freed from anger,” said White, a Blacksburg resident with relatives who attended the school. “I try to teach my children that God loves everyone.”
Cho mercilessly slaughtered 32 people in the worst shooting in modern U.S. history. But there has been surprisingly little outrage directed toward him around campus.
He is memorialized alongside his victims, and students preach forgiveness and talk about him like a troubled family member.
Joseph Tsang writes,
we need to get harry potter on killers. we should never speak the names of those who try to become infamous this way. they are the ones whom we don’t speak of. or as an alternative, we say their name with and adjective like john doo doo head muhammad(the dc sniper). but never anything where their names are honored.
And there was you know, this enormous amount of space and coverage to Virginia Tech, as there shouldhave been. And I happened to catch, sort of a headline lower down,which was 200 people killed in four bomb attacks in Iraq. And I thinkmy focus on what was happening here versus sort of this peripheral vision thing that caught my eye about, “Oh, right, there are lives–” I think it was a moment of– I felt guilty.
BILL MOYERS: Guilty?
JON STEWART: For not having the empathy for their suffering on a daily basis that I feel sometimes that I should.