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罗德岛反细分针对媒体问题的参考回答[转载]


anonymous    07/21     964    
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对媒体可能问及的几个问题的回答,仅供参考!
以下内容均转载自2017年7月19日的微信对话记录,版权归原作者们。

[Daniel冯版]
1. Why is your group so outraged?
  WE FEEL INSULTED AND DISCRIMINATED AGAIST.  

 2, what kind of threats are you concerned about?   
IT IS NOT A THREAT. IT IS AN OUTRIGHT DISCRIMINATION AND RIPPOFF.   

3, why didn't you voice your concern when it was still pending and nobody from your group participated public hearing?   
NOBODY TOLD US BEFORE. WE DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS UNTIL A FEW DAYS AGO. APPARENTLY SOMEONE DID NOT DO A GOOD JOB LETTING THE PUBLIC KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.  

 4 this act is constitutional not against chinese and is trying to help some Asian groups. Why it offended your group?   
THIS LAW PLAINLY TREATS ALL ASIAN AMERICANS AS SECOND-RATE CITIZENS. WE DO NOT NEED GOVERNMENT TO SPEND TAX PAYER’S MONEY TO DECIDE WHO NEEDS MORE HELP THAN THE OTHERS. ALL WE NEED IS TO GIVE US EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND WE WILL HELP OURSELVES.   

5 now it is law. What are you guys trying to accomplish?   LAW OR NOT, WHAT IT UNJUST IS UNJUST. AN UNJUST LAW NEEDS TO BE REPEALED.   

6, the effort is being made to implement this law in all states. What are you going to do about that?   
THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY SUCH LAW IN ANY STATE. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE COULD  TO STOP THAT.

[crystal版]
1. Why is your group so outraged? 
We are talking about a minority group which only accounts for 3.6 percent of the Rhode Island population. Imagine you put this group through a fine mesh and divide them further into subgroups. We as members of this minority group are outraged because this bill essentially labels us less American than other ethnic groups such as Caucasians, Latinos, African Americans.  
2, what kind of threats are you concerned about? 
The biggest danger is that the data collected can be easily manipulated and abused to advance race-based public policies. We have seen time and again in our history that racial profiling and racial data lead to atrocious policies. Case in point, Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese Internment. And the most notorious of all, Nazi Germany collected data about Jewry and eventually used it to exterminate Jews.

 3, why didn't you voice your concern when it was still pending and nobody from your group participated public hearing? 
We had zero representation in the State legislature. This bill was quietly passed and signed into law. As you can see, we are not a politically savvy crowd. We have no lobbyists representing us. We are powerless. Today, you see so many people take a day off from work and bring their kids along. No one bothered to reach out to us before. But we are here now. We are here to tell our government that this bill is racist. It's terrible for our future generations. It's a backward step despite numerous historical lessons. 

 4 this act is constitutional not against chinese and is trying to help some Asian groups. Why it offended your group? 
 This act is exactly pitting one minority group against the other. It divides, not unites us! In today's political environment where our country is facing deep chasms in various aspects of life, why are we further driving a wedge among ourselves? If the goal is so lofty, why give Asian such a special treatment? Try divide Caucasian, Latino and African Americans. Would it fly? I'm sure our Jewish brothers and sisters will be the first to object. Yes, we support the intent to help those in need. While it's a great cause, the lawmakers are doing a disservice to the people by conveniently playing the race and ethnicity card. Every ethnic group has underprivileged and well-to-do groups. By resorting to the skin label or race label or ethnicity label, the lawmakers are only dividing people at the cost of addressing the real needs.  

5 now it is law. What are you guys trying to accomplish? 
First, we want to make our voices heard. We want the lawmakers to understand the detriment this bill does to our state. Secondly, we want to repeal it. 

 6, the effort is being made to implement this law in all states. What are you going to do about that?
 Again, we have no political clout. No lobbyists are behind us. If this is a national movement driven by a certain political party or special interest group, we hope that people come to the realization that the so called "data disaggregation" of Asian Americans are the new "segregation." We hope that people in other states where such a bill is underway become aware of it and voice their concern to their state representatives.

[罗德岛版]
1. Why are you so outrageous?
 As the only ethnic group that suffered from an explicit exclusion act, and a group that only gained voting right in 1943, more than 70 years after the 15th amendment to the constitution that guaranteed other people of color the right to vote, our fear of being singled out is not unfounded. It has a deep root. We are, and will be in the foreseeable future, sensitive of being under special scrutiny. 

 2. What kind of threats are you concerned about?
This Act does not spell out how the data being collected will be used. How its use is restricted. When, if ever, this activity will be no longer necessary and the law would be obsolete? What assessment is to be used? 

 3. Why didn’t you voice your concern earlier?
 I was not aware of this bill until very recently. This is true for hundreds of Asian friends in my small social circle. This shows that the state legislature did not do a diligent job reaching out to a considerable portion of the people whose children this act is going to impact directly. Admittedly, I am late. But I am here. And I think you for hearing me out. 

4. This act is constitutional, not against chinese, and is trying to help some Asian groups.
 Whether it is constitutional is not to be judged by you or me. It is up to the supreme court. Its intention may be good, but not all good intentions lead to reasonable policy. It offends me because it singles out the Asian population, as if 4% is not a small enough minority, and as if Asians are the only ethnic group that has diverse culture and potentially different needs. 

 5. What are you trying to achieve? 
Within the state, I can think of two goals. One is to influence the implementation of this act, increase the transparency, promote broader community participation in the process of its implementation -- both from the Asian community and other ethnic groups; we are also are seeking legal advice regarding a potential repeal. More broadly, we want to raise awareness across the nation so Asian groups in other states can have their voice out before their state legislators rush more bills without full involvement of all parties affected. 

6. The effort is being made to implement this law in all states. What are you going to do about?
Every state is unique - that’s why we have state level legislature. What works in California may not work in New York. Law and policy aiming to help a group needs to be backed by thorough research -- and research done at one region may not be generalizable to the nation. We’d work to raise the awareness and ask folks in each state to consider their state’s situation and avoid being late at the table like we are. 


[经大肥猫修改后:] 

1. Why such outcry? 
 Because the purpose of this Act is to explicitly exclude Chinese Americans from “Asian Americans” group at large, to further promote the behavior of discriminating people based on their races. Our sensitivity to this issue traces back to decades of affirmative action in the U.S., which, on the surface seems to benefit the underrepresented minorities, but in reality, discriminate against Asians, especially in college admissions. This discrimination was further exacerbated in January 2014, when the State of California passed the “SCA 5” – short for Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, which lifted a 1996 ban keeping University of California and California State University schools from considering race or ethnicity in admissions and recruitment. Because ethnic Chinese high school graduates tend to have higher scores than Asian students of other ethnicities, this bill is an effort of these other ethnicities to distinguish themselves from the Chinese ethnic group. College-admission standards, however, should reflect the students’ efforts, not by race. 

 2. What kind of threats are you concerned about? 
 This Act does not spell out how the data being collected will be used. What’s the specific goal of this policy? Are there any restrictions to its use? When, if ever, this Act will no longer be necessary and the law would be made obsolete? Are there any criteria set in place to evaluate this policy’s effectiveness? 

3. Why didn’t you voice your concern earlier?
 I was not aware of this bill until very recently. This is the case for hundreds and thousands of Asian Americans residing in RI. This shows that the state legislature did not make adequate effort to reach out to Asian Americans in RI. Has every resident in RI with an Asian surname informed by mail or by phone? Has there been any flyers sent out? Notices posted? I would like to challenge the legitimacy of the process of this bill being passed. I strongly suggest a re-evaluation of this policy and set a new open-hearing window. 

4. This act is constitutional, not against Chinese, and is trying to help some Asian groups. 
Whether it is constitutional is not to be judged by you or me. It is up to the supreme court. Its intention may be good, but good intentions do not make reasonable policies. It offends me the most because it singles out the Asian population, as if 4% is not already a small enough minority, and as if Asians are the only ethnic group that has diverse culture background and potentially different needs. 

5. What are you trying to achieve? 
Within the state, I can think of two goals. 1. To repeal this policy and re-evaluate this policy’s passing, re-open the open window period. 2. To influence the implementation of this act, increase its transparency, and promote broader community participation in the process of its implementation -- both from the Asian community and other ethnic groups; we are also seeking legal advice regarding a potential repeal. More broadly, we want to raise awareness across the nation so Asian groups in other states can have their voice out before their state legislators rush more bills without full involvement of all parties affected.

6. The effort is being made to implement this law in all states. What are you going to do about it? 
We’ll unite with other ethnic Chinese Americans in each state to raise awareness of this issue and to prevent this law/policy from being implemented in another state.