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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Is Ed Jew a target of racism?

Posted By on Sun, Jun 17, 2007 at 12:21 PM

I know we’re all sick of the Ed Jewry but I found something a little unsettling about Friday’s rally at City Hall. Members of the Chinese-American community claim Jew is a target of racism.

At the rally, supporters toted signs that read “Stop media bashing Ed Jew” and “Political torture.” (I didn’t go, but I saw the pictures from the Chronicle and the Fog City Journal. I do agree the coverage is boring and over-hyped to Paris Hilton proportions, and I didn’t want to contribute to it, but one sign in particular made me wonder if people have really been paying attention to the scandal. The sign that got to me read: “No justice for the community.”

To the man holding the sign: did the community forget that Jew (allegedly) extorted $40,000 from an Asian American business? That’s not necessarily helping the community, is it? I would think that justice for the community would mean taking action against him.

Not every member of the Chinese-American community is in support, though. Rose Pak, a member of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce told the Chronicle: "Our community leaders should not bury their head in the sand and try to blame it on somebody else. I wish these people would stop talking so everybody doesn't think we're all morons."

Even the Chinese media isn’t wholly supportive. New America Media reports that, while many media outlets are concerned about the scandal’s affect on the community and their relationship with SF politics, Jew gets no love. Joseph Leung, editor-in-chief of the Sing Tao Daily, told NAM: “We are not protecting him.”

The only things slightly racist about the Ed Jew case are these little, grammatically incorrect and annoying pictures. -- Zoneil Maharaj

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