Dismantle ‘model minority’ stereotype
As an Asian American woman, I support ACA5 because I believe that affirmative action helps even out the playing field. I hope that one day our country no longer requires affirmative action.
But until we reach that day, I don’t believe that pitting minority groups against one another benefits anyone. There’s a belief in the Asian American community that your application will be held to a higher standard by colleges if you identify as Asian.
The Asian “model minority” stereotype is what unfortunately fuels this perception and has created the beast of higher expectations that the Asian American community complains about today.
From reading the legislation, ACA5 will simply allow ethnicity to be one of the factors considered as a part of a complete application package. The Asian American community should focus on fighting the harmful “model minority” stereotype, not affirmative action.
Niyati Narang, San Mateo
Cost of celebration
Regarding “President’s July 4 trip to Mt. Rushmore draws fire” (Nation, June 26): I noted in the article by Stephen Groves that President Trump hopes for a campaign rally at Mount Rushmore and that a flyover of fighter jets and a fireworks display would be involved.
Will the cost of fire prevention, fire extinguishing and fighter jets all be covered by the campaign?
Bill Morley, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo County
“Decades of inaction led statues to topple” (Heather Knight, Bay Area, June 28) was excellent. I had cut out and saved Heather Knight’s column “S.F.’S monuments to male supremacy” ( June 13, 2017).
In that column, Knight had a link to a list of the 87 San Francisco statues. I have used her column to teach my English students from abroad about San Francisco’s past.
They always ask. Visitors want to experience our past in real life. Public art does that.
I have felt hampered. Our statues do not provide a jumping point for conversation with a tourist eager to practice English.
In America, we have amnesia. I am tired of how America sweeps its genocide under the carpet of history, as well as slavery, Native Americans on reservations and the Vietnam War’s toxic chemical weapons.
Public monuments spur conversations that reach beyond the limited moment of the history they embody. We should do what is done in Berlin and erect monuments to resistors, martyrs for freedom and writers who spoke out against a horrific past.
It’s time to teach visitors to our city the truth beyond America’s whitewashing.
Elizabeth Heidhues, San Francisco
Nursing home failures
Regarding “Care homes still most vulnerable” (Front Page, June 24): Thank you for shining a light on the tragic but avoidable suffering and deaths in nursing homes because of poor regulation of the an industry that puts profits over people.
With 40% of the deaths from this pandemic occurring in nursing homes, this situation cries out for thorough investigation and a complete and total change in the way older adults are cared for after hospitalization and/or when their families need help caring for them.
The failure of nursing homes to adequately care for their residents was happening before the pandemic, but now it’s obvious that the business model of elder care does not work. We should demand the abolition of warehousing of our elders by businesses that claim to care for them but obviously do not.
Let’s put an end to this deadly process and demand that our elected officials stop the flow of federal funds to private nursing homes; and instead, build public and nonprofit nursing homes that are designed and run for the benefit of the residents and their families; and/or assist families in taking care of their own, their elders, so they can age in place.
Let’s do what we would want done for ourselves.
Art Persyko, San Francisco
Fight virus globally
As states across the country begin to open, including California, the continued rise in cases of COVID19 has made its continued threat abundantly clear. While we are discussing the many ways we can fight this virus domestically, what could be added to the conversation is how we can also be doing more to fight it abroad and how doing so may actually be a benefit to all.
As seen with the rapid spread of this virus across the world, pandemics do not care about borders. Outbreaks of COVID19 are a threat to all, no matter where they live. Millions living in developing nations such as Yemen and Syria, are at increased risk of being pushed into further abject poverty as the COVID19 outbreak ravages through these countries. With more people in poverty, there will be less access to health care and basic sanitary practices.
This is why fighting COVID19 everywhere is so important, because this virus will no doubt continue to spread from country to country if it is not dealt with everywhere.
This pandemic has caused a humanitarian health crisis for countries around the world. When it comes to fighting this virus we are truly in it together.
Mabel Lockman Ferguson, Emeryville