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Posted by JoeK..NW WI on November 23, 2004 at 17:08:52 from (126.96.36.199):
We are all incensed at the hunter shootings that occured here but we MUST allow the law to run it's course.Relative guilt or innocence of those involved will be investigated and processed by the legal system.Already the "race card" has been played and ethnic(so to speak)tensions are rising.
"An American citizen alledgedly has killed 6 other Americans and wounded 2 others."The ethnic origin of the suspect(in my opinion)is/was probably publicized as part of the identification process.This area is predominately white European and Scandanavian in ethnic origins.Facial features or color of a person not common to the area are noticed.Many people here refer to virtually any oriental person as Hmong because they were the first"orientals"to be seen in the area in number.To many in this area,any face that is not white or Native American is a "stranger" and therefore suspicious until they prove themselves.
This is not malice or bigotry as such,but part of human nature.Add in the veterans in the area who fought Japanese,Koreans,Vietnamese and another whole dimension enters in.Rumors now abound of "Orientals" of any kind being refused service in taverns,stores etc since this incident and it apalls me.And of course the barflies in their cups comments like"Oughta shoot ever one a them little SOBs!"Today at the clinic a Japanese woman and child passed thru the waiting room and every eye tracked them.They wouldn't have attracted any more attention naked and blowin whistles! I understand why the Hmong community leaders in area cities are nervous and I'm somewhat ashamed of my peers.Yes a horrendous incident has occured! Again
"An American Citizen Apparently Killed 6 Other Americans and wounded 2 others."
(Opinions expressed are mine and may vary from yours)
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