Friday, March 02, 2007

80-20's Letter to the President of the AsianWeek

Mr. James Fang, President
809 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Dear Mr. Fang,

Racism remarks are intolerable in our country. When your newspaper published Kenneth Eng's blatantly racist column titled "Why I Hate Blacks," it not only deeply hurt the African Americans, but also negatively affected the image of the entire Asian American community.

Racial remarks divide citizens of a community; therefore, this type of insensitive and derogatory behavior should be condemned and the offenders should be reprimanded. Personal experiences cannot be generalized. It is very irresponsible and unprofessional to print the personal racist views and hate speech of an individual to the public. We trust the integrity and wisdom of your editorial board will surely understand the gravity of this offense and take further appropriate actions.

On the AsianWeek's Statement and Apology posted on your website, there is a short announcement that Eng has been terminated from writing for the paper. 80-20 Initiative, our nation’s most effective cyber civil rights organization with over 700,000 supporters, hereby urges you to print an editorial refuting the column and reviewing your editorial policy.

Your sincere consideration of our recommendation will be greatly appreciated.


Kathleen To, President
80-20 Initiative
cc: 80-20 board of directors and supporters