Today I Learn… I make a point of learning something new everyday. This is what I learn each day

1, May 4, 2010

Remember May 4 Kent State Massacre of 1970

Filed under: American history — admin @ 12:53 am

40 years have passed since the Kent State massacre of 1970 and the killing continues, only on different lands. Every time I think of those young students, the best and the hope of the nation, killed most senselessly by Ohio National Guard, my heart is sick with a sense of hopelessness and injustice. The students were killed simply because they were anti-war protesters. What is wrong with that? So much for freedom of expression! So much for National Guard supposedly guarding the nation!

One victim, 21-year-old Allison B. Krause, her father being a Holocaust survivor from Germany. How could he have imagined that he escaped German Holocaust only to find his daughter killed in U.S. Another is 20-year-old Jeffrey Glenn Miller who transferred from Michigan State to Kent State the year before. His mother wrote a very touching piece of her son 10 years ago to mark 30 years anniversary. See I am sure this would be the most horrible moment for any mother.

Alas, times have changed so much, not sure it is a good or bad thing, but we no longer see so many peace-loving rallies against the twin wars currently going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. I sincerely hope these young blood were not shed in vain but for the living ones to think and reflect.

1, Apr 26, 2010

The Root of Intolerance in American History

Filed under: American history — admin @ 12:34 am

During one of our weekend walks, I talked to my daughter about President John F. Kennedy. I said the Kennedy family has been the champion of the underprivileged. They are sympathetic toward minorities because they once belonged to one of the oppressed groups and they know how people feel in that situation. “They belong to the group that was once discriminated against in America.” My daughter couldn’t understand, “They are white Americans. Who discriminated against them?” she asked.

Back to American history 101. Throughout U.S. history, people have been discriminated against because of their religious, race, and many other factors. Early Americans had its religious root in Protestant crusade, to the extent that Roman Catholic was often viewed as a threat to and a conspiracy against the Republic. This sentiment was fully expressed in American nativist movement in 1820s, 1840s, and at the turn of the 20th century. During the height of rampant anti-Catholic, anti-Irish movement in Boston, some employers even added this line in their help-wanted ad, “No Negro and Irish need apply.”

Many people who are not aware of this part of U.S. history do not know that the fight for equality has come a long way in America. As with everything, nothing comes from nothing. Nothing good ever comes by easily.

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