Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Postsecret has me fuming

Now, i love postsecret, i love that it's a public forum for people to get their deepest secrets off their chests. I wonder if some of them aren't totally fabricated, but I still read about every week.

It's like therapy for people who don't want to share these stories with their shrinks.

So what do i see today?

And the response is only worse.

-----Email Message-----
Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2007 3:33 PM
Subject: Asians Scare Me

Don't worry, after VT, we have more reasons to be scared than you do.

Sorry, come again?!?!

Did you go walking around in fear every time you saw a white boy with a hoodie after Oklahoma City? No?

Then you're racist. Just because one person, an individual who is NOT representative of the millions of other people who happen to share his skin tone, commits a crime, doesn't mean that EVERYONE is suspect.

I'm not saying that Frank Warren, the site owner and creator of postsecret, is racist. He most likely put it up there as an educational thing, and I would respond via email, only I can't find an email to respond to.

The thing about postsecret is that it's a melange. There's someone who writes on a postcard:

US Internment camps exist. I helped to build the REX 84 facility . . .UNDERGROUND.

I hadn't heard of it so a quick wiki turned this up:

Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was a plan by the United States federal government to test their ability to detain large numbers of American citizens in case of massive civil unrest or national emergency. Exercises similar to Rex 84 happen periodically.[1] Plans for roundups of persons in the United States in times of crisis are constructed during periods of increased political repression such as the Palmer Raids and the McCarthy Era. For example, from 1967 to 1971 the FBI kept a list of persons to be rounded up as subversive, dubbed the "ADEX" list.[2]

...Rex 84 was mentioned during the Iran-Contra Hearings in 1987, and subsequently reported on by the Miami Herald on July 5th, 1987. [5]A number of websites and alternative publications that span the political spectrum have hypothesized upon the basic material about Rex 84, and in many cases hyperbolized it into a form of urban legend or conspiracy theory. Nonetheless, the basic facts about Rex 84 and other contingency planning readiness exercises--and the potential threat they pose to civil liberties if fully implemented in a real operation--are taken seriously by scholars and civil liberties activists.

Holy moly. Well, let's hope the national level of hysteria doesn't go there again.



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