Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Demand Justice for Danny Chen

       Did we forget Danny Chen's tragic death? NO!!

Danny Chen was American by birth AND by choice. He defied his 
parents' objection to join the Army. But he was RACIALLY & physically brutalized
to committing suicide by 8 of his superiors in his Company.

   Sgt Jeffrey T. Hurst will be tried from Nov. 5th to 9th. He is largely responsible for the suicide of Danny Chen. Our government's charge transcription states, "Hurst . . unlawfully killed . . Danny Chen . . by hazing and maltreating and negligently allowed (subordinates) to haze and maltreat .." 

   o Hurst, a sergeant, could have stopped his subordinates like Spc. Offut (6 months in jail & kicked out of the army) and Spc. Curtis (3 months in jail and reduction by 3 ranks from E-4 to E1) from abusing Danny.
   o Hurst not only didn't stop the E-4s from racially and physically abusing Danny Chen, he led both abuses. It is dereliction of duty, reckless endangerment, maltreatment of a subordinate, violation of of lawful general regulation, and negligent HOMICIDE.
   o Hurst led racial abuse by calling Danny "racially disparaging terms including "dragon lady," zipperhead," and "fortune cookie" or words to that effect." He also "negligently failed to prevent …Spc. Offutt and...Curtis from using ..terms including "Jackie Chen," "Fortune Cookie,"  . . "Soy Sauce," and "Dragon Lady," . . as it was his duty to do."
   o Hurst led the hazing of Danny Chen. He "unlawfully tied a sandbag to the wrist, or arm of … Danny Chen . . ." The above quoted paragraph was in the government's original charge sheet, but was dropped on April 23, 2012. However, the charge that "Hurst hazed Danny" still stands, except that it is not longer so explicit.
   o Quoting the government's charge sheet, "HURST . . negligently caused Private (E-2)Danny Chen to take his own life with a firearm, . . ." and "conduct likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm to Private (E-2) Danny Chen, . . "

   LOGIC & JUSTICE DEMAND that Hurst be penalized more than Spc. Offutt.
Hurst is higher in rank. He failed to stop the racial and physical tormenting of Danny Chen by Offutt and others. Indeed, Hurst led!

   Demand Justice! Our national se 4ce curity depends on a just court in the military system. Stay focused! Two more trials will be coming soon.

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S. B. Woo. A volunteer
President, 80-20 National Asian Am. Educational Foundation, Inc.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Post Supreme Court (SC) Oral Arguments Analysis

   Summary: The current "race-conscious" college admission policy remains, post SC oral arguments, in a very weak position. We are in good shape.

   Don't relax though. It's a long time between now and next June, when the SC will announce its decision. Be vigilant. Forward this e-newsletter to your friends.

                     Encouraging Developments
(1) Thinking liberals are
        "Rethinking Affirmative Action"!

   See an article, of the SAME title, by David Leonhardt who is the Washington bureau chief of The New York Times. Click on http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/sunday-review/rethinking- affirmative-action.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0&hp&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1350208893-/sD9Q35HoX2H9zC6PEQa%20g&pagewanted=all

   This article, written post SC oral arguments, begins with:
"The founding principle of affirmative action was fairness."
Well said!

   The author then goes on to describe how the university community has over the years redirected AA to mean diversity. He points out that although Americans like diversity, we like fairness more. The university community has let "diversity trump fairness." Therefore, it may be time to rethink AA.

   He gave a superb illustration of how the Supreme Court Justices were upset by "diversity has trumped fairness."

   "In court on Wednesday, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. attacked the political underbelly of this system. The University of Texas argued that diversity within racial groups was also important, citing "the African-American or Hispanic child of successful professionals in Dallas." Skeptically, Justice Alito asked the university's lawyer, "They deserve a leg up against, let's say, an Asian or a white applicant whose parents are absolutely average?"

   "Justice Kennedy followed up by telling the lawyer, in one of the most quoted lines of the day, "So what you're saying is that what counts is race above all."

   Need I say more?

(2) Will the Asian Am organizations like AACJ, AALDEF, APALC begin to rethink?
   AACJ even tried to organize a demonstration before the Supreme Court to support "race-conscious" admission. See a video below.

                Video from outside the US Supreme Court
   Michelle Fields, a political journalist, was outside the US Supreme Court during the Fisher arguments today and asked supporters of affirmative action some pointed questions, you might be surprised by their responses in this must-watch video: http://michellefields.com/2012/10/10/affirmative-action-supporters-rally-outside-of-supreme-court/

   Did you chuckle? Did you then shake you head?

   Seriously, now, our nation needs a FAIR college admission that'll help qualified students of ALL races who for one reason or another can't get into manageably challenging schools. The current "race-conscious" admission will NOT cut it. It is, if anything, wasting many of the best African and Hispanics students in STEM & law fields and is particularly unfair to Asian Am students. It should be replaced!

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S. B. Woo, a volunteer,
President, 80-20 National Asian Am. Educational Foundation, Inc.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

MORE GOOD NEWS on the Supreme Court Front

    In 2 days, the Supreme Court (SC) will hear oral arguments on "race-conscious" college admission. A lot of related good news popped up recently.
   To sense how things have apparently been turned around, read the following quotes:
    (a) "Racial Affirmative Action in Higher Education May Be on Its Way Out" -- subtitle of Section I of a recent Century Foundation Report: http://tcf.org/publications/pdfs/ABAA.pdf
    (b) "To be clear, I believe that race-conscious affirmative action is necessary, and often beneficial — though I am not hopeful that the court will agree." -- taken from a recent NY Times article entitled, "Moving Beyond Affirmative Action." Click on http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/opinion/moving-beyond-affirmative-action.html
   Specifically, The National Law Journal will feature 80-20 EF's amicus brief to the Supreme Court, as the "appellate brief of the week" this week. That brief was written by our lawyer Alan Gura, and submitted jointly to the SC with Brandeis Center of Human Rights.
   It will be excellent coverage during the week of argument. To view YOUR amicus brief, in English , or Chinese or Korean, please click on the name of the language.
   Did YOU think that so much could have changed for the better since 80-20 EF started to advocate a "race-neutral" admission policy several months ago?
   EF works very hard and effectively for YOU

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S. B. Woo, a volunteer,
President, 80-20 National Asian Am. Educational Foundation, Inc.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

An EPOCH Changing Article in Atlantic?

   Asian Ams are urged to read this article and pass it around, especially to your elected officials. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/10/the-secret-to-us-growth-in-the-21st-century-more-asians/263161/ . It was published in The Atlantic by Noah Smith on Oct. 2, 2012. It may have an epoch changing impact on America.
   The article first states, " . . America was the 'Alternative Europe' . . . Political and religious dissidents who were dissatisfied with the ruling regimes in their homelands, oppressed ethnic minorities, and poor people who couldn't get a good job -- all made their way to the United States. . . American benefited greatly from that inflow, . . " The author called it the ALT-Europe period of America.
   It then advocates that for America to continue to grow, it needs an ALT- Asia period.
   The article's last subtitle is "50 Million More, Please." "Asians want to come to America. According to the most recent Gallup survey, the United States is the desired destination for 22 million Chinese people, 10 million Indians, 8 million Bangladeshis, 5 million Filipinos, and 3 million people from Vietnam. These are the kind of numbers we need to keep our economy young and growing."
   It ends by stating: "This, then, is the "Alternative Asia Plan." America began as a nation of Europeans and Africans; it is now a nation of Europeans, Africans, and Latin Americans. It must become a nation of Asians as well. Failing to do this would mean shutting ourselves off from the master narrative of the 21st Century."
   The above is consistent with what futurist John Naisbitt predicted in his 1996 book "Megatrends Asia":
   "The pivotal players in the new global configuration of East and West will be Asians living in America and Asians born in America. It is in America where East and West truly meet."

S. B. Woo, a volunteer,
President, 80-20 National Asian Am. Educational Foundation, Inc.

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