Jews and AsAms are comparable in average educational level & per family income level. Our Jewish friends are much morepolitically mature! Shall we try to catch up?
To review Political Maturity (1)- Introduction, click here. Read about 3 basic concepts of political maturity, (P.M.). Know what P.M. will bring us. In today's Political Maturity (2), we discuss
The Type of P. M. We Need. Item 2), "Speak softly, but carry a big stick," is for AsAm leaders only. All the rest are for all of us.
1) PracticeEnlightened Self-Interest:
It's unrealistic to expect others to fight for us. We must each do our share of the fighting. When we do that, a little effort from each will be sufficient to win equal citizenship for all of us. Do your share TODAY!
2) Speak Softly but Carry a Big Stick:
80-20 EF doesn't just preach it, we practice it. Click (1), (2), (3), (4) & (5) to read about EF's wars, carrying a stick. See how EF leaders risk their necks to fight for the community, and win benefits for YOU! Our sticks are often not that big. But a short stick wielded by a fearless leadership, can be quite effective as the above 5 battles have shown.
When AsAm orgs. don't follow the "carry a stick" rule, they often bring shame and humiliation to our community and themselves Here is a recent example.
has not been answered for the last 2 months. Director Wray made a Senate statement painting broadly the whole of Chinese nationals in America as a unique threat to our society. So did the group of 14 use the stick? NO!
They didn't carry one.
Have they done our community harm? Perhaps.You be the judge. The following is a true story.
In 1988, I was Delaware's Lt. Governor representing the Dem. Party to run for the U.S. Senate. Sen. John Kerry, who later became the U. S. Secretary of State, was then Chair of Democratic Senate Campaign Comm., DSCC. So we interacted sometimes. One day, he said to me that the U.S. political establishment has counted on Asian Americans, even activists, to quietly walk away when told to go away. It hurt me so much that I secretly vowed to never be that timid. The 14 orgs are:
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Washington (AAJC) Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) Asian Services in Action (ASIA) Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.) Committee of 100 (C100)* Council of Korean Americans (CKA) Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) OCA - Asian American Advocates (OCA) Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) United Chinese Americans (UCA) (*For further information, please contact Frank H. Wu, Chairman,
Committee of 100, at email@example.com or 212-371-6565.)
EF had offered to work with the group of 14 to create effective pressure. To verify, click here. The group has thus far not responded positively. Actually, we'd love and ADMIRE them, if the 14 orgs. can get the job done by themselves. Will they? Will they carry a stick this time?
3) Money Talks. Make $$$ talk for us:
When so called AsAm civil rights orgs. like OCA of D.C., AALDEF of NY, & APALC of LA all had to go outside of our community to get funding, they began to go against our community's best interests. For example, they consistently filed legal documents to support "race-preference college admissions", which 98% of AsAms are against. They should at least fight against the "Asian tax", which gives a 140 SAT point advantage to white applicants. To verify, click here.
Things are turning around a bit regarding donation maturity. We like to think that EF has something to do with it. For example, 80-20 EF gets 100% of its funding from the AsAms only. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU! That is how EF has built a $3 million war chest for YOU. Soon, EF will have an even more ambitious project to announce. Aim high, Fellow AsAms.