Chi­nese still seek Beckel ter­mi­na­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICAS - By LIAN ZI in San Fran­cisco zil­ian@chi­nadai­

Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties around the world signed a pe­ti­tion this week de­mand­ing Fox News dis­miss TV host Bob Beckel im­me­di­ately and apol­o­gize to Chi­nese Amer­i­cans. More than 150 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than 30 coun­tries signed the state­ment.

The state­ment, en­ti­tled Bob Beck­elMustApol­o­gize­and Re­sign, reads: “Bob Beckel re­cently made racist and dis­crim­i­na­tive com­ments about Chi­nese peo­ple. The Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties are ap­plaud­ing the officials they elected for stand­ing up at a cru­cial mo­ment to safe­guard the rights of Chi­nese Com­mu­ni­ties…We must unite the Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties here in Amer­ica, as well as Chi­nese all over the world, make our voice heard loud and clear… We want to see Bob Beckel apol­o­gize and re­sign.”

Bob Beckel apol­o­gized on his show The Five last Mon­day for his “Chi­na­men” com­ment, but re­fused to apol­o­gize to the Chi­nese govern­ment.

“I made some com­ments last week about the Chi­nese peo­ple which ap­par­ently up­set some peo­ple, for which I apol­o­gize,” Beckel said near the end of the show.

“How­ever…I do not apol­o­gize for the things I’ve said about China — and I won’t go into the litany of it now be­cause there are too many China apol­o­gists in this coun­try — but I will con­tinue to warn the Amer­i­can peo­ple about how danger­ous China is to the US’ se­cu­rity and to our busi­ness com­mu­nity. But to those who were of­fended, I apol­o­gize. I do not apol­o­gize to the Chi­nese govern­ment, or for their habits, or for their mur­ders, or for any­thing else.”

Betty Yuan, a lo­cal Chi­nese com­mu­nity leader in San Fran­cisco told China Daily, “We don’t ac­cept Bob Beckel’s apol­ogy. He just re­peated his racist state­ment and hurt Chi­nese Amer­i­cans again. He needs to apol­o­gize and re­sign from Fox.”

John Amato, founder of the Crooks and Liars, wrote:“That’s not an apol­ogy at all. In fact, it’s another slap in the face to all the Asian peo­ple he of­fended. He used his apol­ogy to say the same things he said while calling them ‘Chi­na­men’.”

Bob Beckel’s apol­ogy was for his state­ment about Chi­nese peo­ple dur­ing his pro­gram The Five on July 4. He said: “The Chi­nese are the sin­gle big­gest threat to the na­tional se­cu­rity of the US… As usual, we bring them over here and teach a bunch of Chi­na­men, uh, Chi­nese peo­ple, how to do com­put­ers, and then they go back to China and hack us.”

Beckel’s re­marks have been strongly crit­i­cized by Chi­ne­seAmer­i­can politi­cians, in­clud­ing some state rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Cal­i­for­nia.

Cal­i­for­nia State Se­na­tor Ted Lieu, a Chi­nese-Amer­i­can Demo­crat who is run­ning for re­tir­ing US Rep Henry Wax­man’s seat, de­manded Beckel’s im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion. Lieu said that Amer­i­cans “should all be alarmed by the racist, xeno­pho­bic com­ments”.

Con­gress­woman Judy Chu re­leased a state­ment, say­ing “As a Chi­nese Amer­i­can, I am deeply of­fended by Bob Beckel’s com­ments and call for his im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion.”

Con­gress­man Michael Honda, who rep­re­sents the 17th District of Cal­i­for­nia, wrote on his Twit­ter: “I am out­raged and dis­gusted by Fox News com­men­ta­tor. Fox News needs to do the right thing and fire him.”

Se­na­tor Bob Huff crit­i­cized Bob Beckel’s dis­crim­i­na­tory state­ment last week. He said:“Was Beckel’s tirade of­fen­sive? Ab­so­lutely. Should Beckel and Fox News apol­o­gize? Ab­so­lutely… Chi­ne­seAmer­i­cans may not have been pay­ing much at­ten­tion or had much of a voice in the past, but that was then; this is now.”

Huff also called for com­pre­hen­sive im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy re­form. “Take a look at our top schools in our state, you’ll see Chi­nese lead­ing the pack and rais­ing the aca­demic stan­dards of their re­spec­tive schools. And if they are here on a stu­dent visa, why do we force them to re­turn when they fin­ish? Beckel thinks they just go ‘home’ to hack into our com­put­ers, which is non­sense, but we should re­form our im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy to give them per­ma­nent le­gal sta­tus when they pos­sess ed­u­ca­tion or skills in ar­eas in which we have needs.”

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