THE riots in American cities in the past few days, in outrage over the brutal execution by policemen of a 46-year-old African-American, George Floyd — even as he was begging for his life and crying “Momma, Momma” in his last moments — have unraveled one of our era’s biggest deceptions, which has held millions of Filipinos in thrall: America as the land of milk and honey and as the greatest democracy in the world.
Not a few Filipino America-lovers were quick to post in social media photos of Hong Kong youth taunting the police. How many of these have re-posted that terrible video of a Minneapolis policeman pressing his knee into Floyd until he snuffed out his life?
To be frank, one of the things that gets my goat has been the phenomenon of Filipinos, even supposedly our top journalists and intellectuals, who have abandoned their country, got comfortable jobs in New York from which they paint our country as a backward one where human rights aren’t respected. Why haven’t they been using their journalistic skills in exposing the deep injustices in the US of A they so much love, rather than picking on the country they abandoned?(more…)