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Emil Guillermo: Obama says regulating guns is our “shared responsibility.” So why don’t we see more Asian American voices included in the gun debate? That CNN Town Hall was like a Lions Club meeting in a white suburb. Asian Americans are 5% of the nation, and 20% of the most noted mass killings since 1984.

Really. What does it take for a little more inclusion.

See my piece on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog

I saw just one Asian American.

It was like watching a network cop drama or legal drama and seeing a juror. Or person walking by.

But we know Asian Americans are not immune to gun violence in America.

(Oh, there’s one! An Asian American in the back? Next to the bald guy….).

See my piece at http://www.aaldef.org/blog


Emil Guillermo: Donald Trump shows he’d really rather be Rush Limbaugh and not the president of the free world


I wrote about Trump here.

And made the historical link for Trump.

This morning, Trump made the link himself.

On MSNBC Tuesday, Trump linked his immigration ban of Muslims to  Roosevelt’s classification of thousands of Japanese, Germans and Italians living in the United States during the war as “enemy aliens.”

“This is a president highly respected by all; he did the same thing,” Trump said. The nation was at war in the 1940s, he said, and it is now “at war with radical Islam.”

How’s that for an image: Trump holding up  one of FDR’s biggest miscues as some virtuous achievement.

It wasn’t.

Later, Trump clarified that he wasn’t necessarily advocating an internment camp situation, as he wouldn’t apply his harsh ban to U.S. Muslims living abroad.

“If a person is a Muslim, goes overseas and comes back, they can come back,” he said. “They’re a citizen. That’s different. But we have to figure things out.”

Well, the U.S. is still very harsh on Muslims. Just look at  Guantanamo. Trump could have called for an expanded Guantanamo approach, a lock’em up and throw away the key plan.

But that’s complicating things.

Trump’s  satisfied with just being as his critics are calling him, bigoted and racist.

And this is the man who wants to be the leader of the free world?

Emil Guillermo: What if we had instant replay for the “games” we play in real life? The example of Kennesaw State.

It started in football. But now in most sports, the replay is the insurance policy against bad judgment.

So why not in life?

I’ve long advocated taking video of anything that might have the hint of sparking some transgression, just to keep all participants smiling for the camera.

But here’s an instance recently at Kennesaw State, a public university outside of Atlanta, where a white administrator clearly has little patience for a black student.


She’s on leave while the school investigates.


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Emil Guillermo: Going back to Indiana? NOT. The pendulum continues to swing on civil rights in America.

The late Michael Jackson sang that song about Indiana. An oldie but goodie.

Going back to Indiana?

The answer now is an unqualified,  “HELL NO!”

Jackson  was from Gary, which is practically Chicago, and a real indication of how segregated the state remains today. More black and urban to the north, more white and ag to the south.

Now Gov. Mike Pence has signed a controversial new law that some say is a revival of Jim Crow.

It’s called “The Freedom of Religion Restoration Act,” and critics say it provides the cover for legal discrimination against more than just religion.

Those who defend the law readily say it’s a way to show concern with same-sex marriage. Those against the law say it creates the opening to discriminate against others. Don’t think it won’t happen.

Now what about the other 19 states with these so-called “religious freedom” laws pending?


This MSNBC map shows the full list of 20 states that have ventured into this arena of legal discrimination:  Indiana,Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma,Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

All the states I won’t be visiting anytime soon.

Now you see how important a tiny little thing like a commemoration of Selma was.

Just as we lurch forward, there are forces that would have our  progress recalled.

And now, we really are going backwards.


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