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田纳西州参议员Marsha Blackburn在12月份以来,针对中国发表了好几条评论。“5000年历史”推文是其中最惹争议的一条评论,暴露了她的无知与偏见,引发了全美华人的愤慨。本文表达了华裔二代”心声”团队的看法,文后附有”美国华人联合会“和”全美华裔反歧视大联盟“的倡议,以及两份抗议信样本。呼吁大家行动起来参加抗议,要求Blackburn参议员收回她的言论并做正式道歉。


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在美国的华人大多都已经看到了田纳西州参议员玛莎·布莱克本(Marsha Blackburn)12月3日的推特,扬言“中国有五千年的欺骗和偷窃的历史”。这条推特得到两万四千多的支持转发。


Blackburn参议员:我们美国华人不欺骗不偷窃; 不抗议......?


我向那些组织起来反对布莱克本参议员公然的种族主义的美国华人表达敬意。12月9日星期三,华人在华盛顿特区举行了抗议活动。12月12日星期六在田纳西州的纳什维尔又举行了第二次抗议活动。(《美国华人联合会(UCA)在国会山发起抗议联邦参议员布莱克本的示威活动》)


Blackburn参议员:我们美国华人不欺骗不偷窃; 不抗议......?

美国华人联合会会长薛海培在华盛顿的抗议活动中发表讲话。(图片来自《北美新视界》公众号)


Blackburn参议员:我们美国华人不欺骗不偷窃; 不抗议......?

田纳西美华联盟(TCAA) 在纳什维尔市的立法广场举行抗议活动。(图片由lizhen提供)

远在其他各地,义愤填膺的美国华人纷纷向布莱克本参议员办公室发送请愿书、信件、电话和电子邮件。人们的要求从正式道歉,到审查布莱克本参议员。所有动员起来的叔叔阿姨哥哥姐姐弟弟妹妹们,加油!


Blackburn参议员:我们美国华人不欺骗不偷窃; 不抗议......?

华盛顿抗议活动。(图片来自《北美新视界》)


然而,布莱克本参议员的推特只是威胁到华裔的根深蒂固的社会问题的一个表象。由于新冠疫情,反亚裔的仇恨犯罪和偏见正处于几十年来最严重的时期。随着各国与中国的地缘政治紧张局势不断恶化,反华情绪越加强烈。


在美国,反华言论和具体政策主要是——当然不仅是——由参议员布莱克本这样的共和党政客操作的。这些事件的发生催生了重要的问题,那就是,美国华人能够从哪里寻求支持?还有,我们能跟哪些组织联合起来,一起为正义事业努力?


说到上周三的抗议活动,对于美国华人现在为什么要组织起来?美国华人联合会(UCA)理事会主席蔡金良这样认为:”(因为)我们曾经觉得很安全,一直是模范少数族裔…… “,”现在两国关系紧张了,我们就成了靶子。忽然之间,我们连带受到伤害。”【1】


恭敬地说,我不同意蔡主席的观点。华裔在美国受到 “连带损害 “并不是 “突然发生 “的。历史——无论是近代的还是遥远的历史——都告诉我们,无论华人对美国经济、公共生活和文化做出多少贡献,这个国家照样会剥夺我们的尊严,不让我们完全融入社会。

Blackburn参议员:我们美国华人不欺骗不偷窃; 不抗议......?


‍‍‍‍‍‍‍我们曾经在“心声”栏目里发表过《在美国仅凭努力就能成功吗?华二代给父母一代的万字长文》,作者在文中说”当否定美国华人的成功这样的做法在政治上和(或)经济上对美国有利的时候,华人的贡献是可以被抹杀的。”【2】在中美关系恶化的预期下,敦促我们周围的美国人区分中国政府和华裔,将是徒劳的。叔叔阿姨们,”我们可以说:”我们是美国人”,”我们努力工作”,”我们纳税”,”我们不惹事”,”我们不抗议”,”我们没有欺骗”,”我们没有偷窃 “,但这样讲没用。毕竟,我们不是已经这样说了五千年了吗?‍‍‍‍‍‍‍


我们不能把我们的尊严建立在某种条件上。有条件的自由根本就不是自由。因此,当我们谴责布莱克本参议员的种族主义时,我们必须毫无保留,没有回旋的余地。我们必须谴责所有反黑人、反穆斯林和反移民的言论,无论这些言论出自布莱克本这样的参议员,还是出自我们周围的人。


Blackburn参议员:我们美国华人不欺骗不偷窃; 不抗议......?

华盛顿抗议活动。(图片来自《北美新视界》)


在寻找盟友的过程中,美国华人可以向其他边缘化的群体寻求支持,无条件地组织起来争取自由。事实上,我们已经努力去做了。美国民权运动的遗产是我们能够写下反对布莱克本参议员的请愿书,给政治家打电话,组织各地的抗议活动,在网上和面对面开诚布公地讨论的基础。在今年夏天为黑人生命而进行的不断抗争中,这些策略为我们许多人所熟悉。


正如普林斯顿大学非裔研究教授,普利策知名作家、活动家Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor所言,我们有责任 “与那些处于底层、边缘和位于权力中心外围的人 “携起手来。”只有这样,我们的人性才是完整的无条件的。


参考来源:

1.https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3113280/chinese-americans-protest-us-senator-marsha-blackburns-tweets-over

2.https://chineseamerican.org/p/32283


英文版请点击文末“阅读原文”

”心声“网站:

www.thewechatproject.org


Blackburn参议员:我们美国华人不欺骗不偷窃; 不抗议......?



美国华人联合会(UCA)正在征集百个华裔组织的签名,发表抗议公开信;准备在田纳西几个重要的媒体上刊登媒体广告,反对辱华言论;准备在国会的报纸上做半页或者整版的抗议广告;通过GoFundMe,征集抗议布莱克本言论的捐款;继续探讨其他抗议途径。

详情请见 :
https://rb.gy/fjitjl

www.ucausa.org
电邮:info@ucausa.org


呼吁各地华人声援田纳西华人联盟(TNCAA)在当地网站谴责Blackburn。

TNCAA 22月12日在Nashville抗议Blackburn的活动后,当地电视台做了报道,引起了社会广泛的关注。希望更多关心此事的朋友到Nashville两家电视台的Facebook去留言,目的是要她道歉并收回她的推特发言。

请关注田纳西的华人联盟:
https://m.facebook.com/TNChineseAmerican


Blackburn参议员:我们美国华人不欺骗不偷窃; 不抗议......?



全美华裔反歧视大联盟发表致美国国会的公开信,提以下三点要求,并于2020年12月8日在纽约举行了新闻发布会:

1.布莱克本参议员应在参议院诚恳地向全体在美华裔社区道歉;
2.参议院应通过一项决议,谴责布莱克本参议员的如此赤裸裸的种族主义言论;
3.众议院应通过一项决议,谴责来自一位公职人员的如此赤裸裸的种族主义言论。

https://chineseamerican.org/p/33800
https://twitter.com/CAARCUSA
电邮:caarcusa@gmail.com


Blackburn参议员:我们美国华人不欺骗不偷窃; 不抗议......?


下面是两封由个人起草的抗议信样本,分别由Jason Huang和予一岚廷斋提供,供读者参考:


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Dear Honorable Senator [Name],

 

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍My name is [your name],I am a resident and regular voter in [county name]. I am writing to express my concern about Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee’s incredibly racist remarks and ask you to push the Senate to register its disapproval.


In a Twitter message,Sen. Blackburn said: “China has a 5,000 year history of cheating and stealing. Some things will never change…” This text was reported by the media:https://twitter.com/MarshaBlackburn/status/1334510812552163328‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍

Sen. Blackburn said: “China has a 5,000 year history of cheating and stealing. Some things will never change…” This text was reported by the media.


As a Chinese American, I am deeply offended by Blackburn’s baseless attack on my heritage. More importantly, as an American, I am gravely disturbed by the damage such racist speech will bring to our country when it is already facing the threat of an unprecedented pandemic and a tumultuous election.

We all know Chinese civilization is one of the few world civilizations with the longest history. It has produced great treasures in philosophy, religion, and literature for humanity. To label it as “cheating and stealing” only reveals the extreme ignorance of the author. Significant influences from the Chinese civilization extend to other East-Asian countries; many of them are our allies. People with Chinese heritage have spread all over the world. Sen. Blackburn’s attack on Chinese civilization is offensive to all these countries, regions, and people. It drives a wedge between the U.S. and its allies when we are in dire need of solidarity and cooperation.

The governments of the U.S. and the PRC have strong disagreements and conflicts on many issues. As a U.S. citizen, my loyalty is undoubtedly on the U.S. side. However, we have never ridiculed our adversary’s civilization as “cheating and stealing” in history because we know that civilizations should tolerate and learn from each other no matter where the government’s stand is. This sense of openness and inclusiveness is one of the keystone values that make America stronger. Sen. Blackburn’s remarks signal her disdain and abandonment of American values.


There are over 5 million Chinese Americans in the U.S.. At this challenging time of COVID-19 and the U.S.-China standoffs, Chinese Americans already face the mistrust and resentment fanned by politicians, including President Trump. Sen. Blackburn’s bigoted attack on Chinese civilization adds fuel to the fire, further poisoning the political atmosphere that our fellow citizens have to endure.


Dear Senator, Sen. Blackburn’s baseless and irresponsible Twitter remarks hurt American national interest globally, threaten American core values, and incite hatred among American communities. Such speeches have no place in our public discourse. Therefore,  I respectfully request that you, as my representative, express your disapproval at a Senate forum and seek reprimanding actions against Sen. Blackburn with your colleagues.


Thank you for your attention to the matter.

[Name]

[ADDRESS]

[EMAIL]

[PHONE]




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December xx, 2020

[Your Address]


Re: Senator Blackburn’s Racist Tweet Against All People of Chinese Descent


Dear Senator/Congressman/Congresswoman xxx,


I am writing to bring to your attention a recent twitter storm ignited by your colleague, Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee.  On December 3, 2020, she tweeted the following:


Blackburn参议员:我们美国华人不欺骗不偷窃; 不抗议......?


I learned about this story about a week ago.  Today (December 11th, 2020), the tweet is still hanging on Senator Blackburn’s account as if it were a Badge of Honor.  


Senator Blackburn’s tweet overtly declares all people of Chinese descent and their ancestors as criminals.  This bold claim implicates millions of Chinese Americans, and its indictment reaches back literally to the time of legendary HuangDi and YanDi, which, by the way, even historians are not sure should belong to the recorded history of China.   How is such a statement any different from the lies perpetuated by the likes of Holy Inquisition and Nazis about Jews? One need look no further than Holocaust to understand spreading such lies about an entire people is not only grievously wrong but also extremely dangerous. 


I do not know what had triggered Senator Blackburn to give such a disturbingly unhinged hate speech on a country about whose history she apparently knows nothing.  Whatever her motives were, what she did was simply unacceptable for any responsible member of a civilized society.  Kindergarteners in this country are taught to avoid abusive languages and to treat others the way they want to be treated themselves. Yet, Senator Blackburn did not seem to understand these basic social norms also apply to her.  Most elementary school kids would learn to separate facts from opinions. Yet, Senator Blackburn seemed to have never bothered to check any facts before publicly insulting a supra-ethnic group that counts more than 1.5 billion living members around the world, including the wife of the Senate Majority Leader of her own party, Secretary Elaine Chao.  


Yes, racist and xenophobic rants fueled by prejudice and misinformation are rampaging like wild fire on social media these days, but to see one given by a member of the US Congress—presumably the greatest legislation body that the world has ever known—is shocking, concerning, and heart-breaking. How could we, as a democracy that is held as the beacon of hope for humanity, allow our public discourse to sink to this level of incivility? How could you, an honorable member of this great institution, tolerate the behavior of Senator Blackburn, without feeling deeply saddened and ashamed?

  

I hereby respectfully request that you consider a motion to take necessary congressional actions that (i) compel Senator Blackburn to immediately delete the tweet and issue a formal apology to all people of Chinese descent on Twitter and on her official senatorial website; and (ii) pass a resolution to denounce and censure Senator Blackburn for giving this disgraceful hate speech.


Thanks for taking the time to read this letter and consider my request.  I look forward to the feedbacks and hopefully the actions.


Sincerely yours,


[Your Name]





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