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Emil Guillermo: UPDATE—How to sue for discrimination? Ellen Pao was a smart former VC, but not as smart as the lowly Uber driver who now has a video. This tongue lashing reminded me of every bad boss I ever had. ##UPDATE## comment on cop Patrick Cherry’s apology.

SEE UPDATE at end of post:

When Ellen Pao lost her discrimination  case against the venture capital giant Kleiner Perkins, it was pretty predictable. Her case was  all low-tech, “He said, she said.”

Analysts said she didn’t have a smoking gun.

Or a smoking video.

I thought about that as I watched that video of the South Asian man, an Uber driver, getting a tongue lashing from NYPD’s Patrick Cherry.


He reminded me of every bad white male boss I ever had.

Come to think of it, throw in all my bad bosses of any color.  Gender even. It happens.

After all, a bully is a bully.

If you haven’t seen the video, see my essay and the video in full, here.

UPDATE 4/3/15 12:03 PDT

Cherry has been stripped of his badge and gun and reassigned and has now apologized, according to an exclusive WNBC-TV report.

Not so fast.  Even Jesus took some time to resurrect.

I want to be a good, forgiving Christian…especially on Good Friday.

But this is something worth dwelling on.

If you don’t know what hate and racism look like in this “post-racial” era, take a  look at that video again.

That’s intolerance, that’s hate, and it definitely exists. No doubt about it.

Just ask Cherry. His apology is here.


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Federal judge declares “stop-and-frisk” policies in New York unconstitutional

When you consider the policy resulted in more than 4. 4 million stops  of primarily African American and Latino males  between 2004-2012, the court ruling puts a  major dent in the law-and-order legacy of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The judge found nearly 88 percent of the stops resulted in no arrest or ticket. Stop-and-frisk was a free pass to stop and harass.


See more of my commentary at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education fund blog.




Asian gambling bus crash in New York: Are tour operators shorting us on safety?

The tragic bus accident in New York this past weekend that killed 15 people has suddenly drawn attention to this well known fact: Asian Americans like to gamble.

The gambling bus from Chinatown is as much a staple as the 9-course banquet meal. 

Sure there are high roller types who will fly to Vegas and bet enormous sums of money. But there’s a vast market of Asian Americans who just like a little fun and are willing to go  budget class to a gambling destination to bet a few bucks on high odds games.

That doesn’t mean the trip itself has to be a high odds proposition.

So as the New York Times discovers how Asians are targetted, much the same way as other sin products like cigarette and alcohol companies go after ethnic markets (Do you ever see an Asian American drink malt liquor?), it’s nothing new.


What’s more noteworthy is  that by being willing to take an inexpensive overnight journey, or a quick turnaround jaunt, companies may be shortchanging Asian Americans on safety.

As you can see, the driver of Saturday’s bus wasn’t exactly an angel.


Saftey first? Apparently it doesn’t matter with a bus load of Asian Americans.