In 1998, I was working for a politician who represented parts of the California's Central Valley, including Fresno.
Fresno is home to the second-largest Hmong population in the United States.
Somehow, I was saddled with a phone call from an irate constituent—a woman from Fresno ready to launch a solo crusade to rid the U.S. of the Hmong.
I reacted like a good moderate Republican. "You want to blame a whole race?" I asked.
The constituent said she did.
I was at the Capitol in Sacramento at the time, so I called the District Attorney in Fresno to assess the situation.
The conversation definitely contributed to the education of Bryanna Bevens. The DA agreed, forcefully, with our constituent.
He filled me in on a Hmong gang situation that had plagued the entire town.
That year, there was a landmark Grand Jury hearing that issued more then 800 indictments against a gaggle of Hmong gang members who had kidnapped, raped and sold into prostitution more than thirty women.
Many of the victims were young Hmong girls between the ages of 12 and 14.
Some were prisoners for months on end. They were regularly shipped back to affiliate Hmong gangs in the Mid-west states of Wisconsin and Michigan. Presented as gifts, they were prostituted out for a quick buck.
The young men found guilty of these crimes are serving life sentences in various California prisons.
This is unique savagery. Ethnic gangs may kill one another but as a rule they don't sexually assault, batter and barter their own little girls.
That's the background for today's rant.
On November 21, 2004 eight people from Rice Lake Wisconsin were shot. So far six of them, including a 27 year old girl, have died.
This is the story courtesy of P.J. Huffstutter at the Los Angeles Times,
"What actually happened out in the woods is still under investigation; Chai Soua Vang, a Hmong immigrant from Laos, told investigators that he opened fire Sunday after the hunters taunted him with racial slurs and shot at him. He said he continued to fire even as they ran away and begged for help." [Little Holiday Cheer as a Region Prepares to Bury Slain Hunters November 25, 2004]
P.S. Vang also reportedly said to one of his victims "You still alive?" [VDARE.COM note: Or words to that effect, see here—"graphic information and content some people may consider offensive."] Then he shot him again.
To prove my objectivity, this is an accounting of events by a newspaper notorious to Californians for placing criminals in the best possible light.
Moreover, if the accused happens to be a minority immigrant, the LA Times' journalistic function is customarily extended to spare attorneys the arduous task of preparing a defense strategy by inventing it for them.
In fact, that seems to be pretty much the way the Establishment press sees its role. On November 28, 2004 CNN reported a press conference held by the three attorneys of Chai Vang and his daughter, Kai Vang:
"Attorney Steven Kohn told reporters in Milwaukee that Vang's defense lawyers are looking at 'potential mental health and mental responsibility defenses' in addition to a defense on the facts of the case... 'This certainly does not seem to be a whodunit. It seems to be a whydunit,' said Kohn."
Vang maintains that his killing spree was provoked by racial slur.
Have you ever heard this expression "Whydunit"?
Seems to be a strategy for criminal defense attorneys who have run out of facts but not out of money.
So we have mental defense, mental responsibility, facts of the case and self-defense?
All that is missing is the "Wuddentme" and "Liar liar pants on fire" defense strategies. That makes, let me see, six options!!
Even the papers local to the region are building the "racism" defense. Look at this published, in the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
Race tension in Rice Lake mostly subtle, by Jennifer Bjorhus (Nov. 26, 2004).
Subhead:"Residents describe a community that is fairly tolerant, if only because of a lack of diversity."
We don't even need to read the article, just the subhead.
Before Ms. Bjorhus even mentions the specifics of the crime, she is already setting the stage of a racist town. The town is apparently tolerant—but only because it is predominantly white and therefore not been tested.
I picture Ms. Bjorhus talking with her editor.
Editor: How is the story coming? Rice Lake is a racist town, right?
Bjorhus: Well, I haven't found any actual evidence of racism. But I think in the right circumstances they could be. For example, if there were more minority residents in Rice Lake during a lunar eclipse while Venus is in the fifth house after the Raiders win the Super Bowl [BB: basically, unlikely circumstances is what I am getting at]…there is a distinct possibility those Cheese Heads could spout a racial epithet or two.
While researching this story, I noticed a remarkable unanimity within the Establishment media. There were only two story lines…just repeated a thousand times.
The former does not present an accusation justifying the defensive response of the latter.
In plain-speak, no one was blaming the entire Hmong community so what's with the "Can't we all just get along" press conferences?
Admittedly, it sounds funnier in Hmong.
Here are my questions:
1. Who has alleged that the entire Hmong population is tarnished by the abominable behavior of one man?
2. If not, why this inhibited behavior from the Establishment media?
Ooh…pick me, pick me, I know!
The Establishment media is afraid to tell that story. It is one of those hush-hush topics never broached by civilized people.
Chai Vang was arrested for allegedly murdering six people, charges which were filed against him today. And the Establishment press fears a backlash.
What has occurred to prompt this fear?
Answer: the Hmong people, once soldiers legendary for their allegiance to the United States and their bravery against Communist insurgents in Southeast Asia, have been tarnished by decades of savagery here—an increasing amount of it now from their alienated American-born progeny.
In that Pioneer Press story, Jennifer Bjorhus included an interview with Renee Gralewicz, a professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin campus in Rice Lake:
"'This is a normal pattern where you have an ethnic group so entrenched they just don't have an understanding of others,' Reneé Gralewicz 'It's just a lack of information.'
Yes, the Hmong cuture is very different and it is true that they do not assimilate…at all. Until the 1950's they did not have even a written language and it remains sketchy today.
In Fresno, they cooked food on open fires in the middle of the living room floor.
Personally, I don't care if he sleeps with the forty-odd roosters he reportedly raises in his garage (for cock fighting?) and then cooks them over the campfire in his living room—so long as it doesn't harm other people.
In Hmong Wrong For America. America Wrong For Hmong, Joe Guzzardi wrote of his horror when one his Hmong students announced he had to kill his wife because Joe's hand had accidentally touched hers— and his mixed feelings of sympathy and despair about the Hmong.
Like Joe, I am torn about the Hmong.
In exchange for their allegiance, we promised them safe keeping.
It would be unscrupulous to deviate from that promise. We cannot breach our contract with the Hmong simply because we know something now that we wish we knew then.
However, it may not be the deal we made so much as how we delivered our end of the bargain. We promised to take care of them, wherever they were. It was the path of least resistance (and Refugee Industry lobbying) that brought them here.
The Hmong Citizenship act of 2000 exempted the Hmong from having to speak English as a precursor for American citizenship. It even allowed the test to be administered in Hmong.
This is the problem.
Our laissez-faire and brazen social mores are overwhelming enough for the Hmong. But home for the Hmong now is a country with which they cannot even communicate because we told them they didn't have to.
Whydunit? Whodunit? Who cares?
Who is Chai Vang? Is he:
The answer: All of the above.
This Hmong show has no winners. It's time to bring it to an end.
Bryanna Bevens [email her] is a political consultant and former chief of staff for a member of the California State Assembly.