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  1. The ones I know had some medical issues, but that didn't stop the overall strategy. The key is to invest instead of spend. The typical way is to pack two or three families in one house, money saved on rent is put into a house. House is paid off quickly, and other houses are purchased. Often medical expenses are not much of a problem because low income qualifies them for medicaid. One of the people I am thinking of right now has three houses paid off. They still work in the fields for extra cash. Most public assistance programs go off of income, not assets so they still qualify and often take advantage of these programs. The key for these people is that they leverage the system rather than be held back by it.
  2. You need to get out more. I personally know people who have never earned much more than minimum wage who have accumulated large sums of wealth. They just had to sacrifice a bit. (Yes they are people of color).
  3. When using terms like "Asian Americans" you actually stop notice diversity and replacing it with a simple term that ignores culture. Asia is a very big continent with many diverse languages, cultures, countries and ethnicity. Its an entire continent for Pete,s Sake! The most populated continent in the world! There are a huge amount of countries Russia, Iran, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Mongolia, Israel, Turkey, Japan, India, just to name a few. Many different regions and cultures. Simplifying all of these to some overreaching "asian" means that you are at that sad day when you stop noticing diversity in cultures and peoples.
  4. I just want to point out that you are engaging in the very act that you are fighting against. This is not to put you down, a lot of people do this. You are succumbing to the temptation to engage in generalizing people acording to superficial traits. We Americans just love to group people into categories that make no sense. We use whole continents to categorize people "African Americans", "Asian Americans", "indians" (actually the same continent as Asia). All of these are stereotypes and using them prevents us from actually getting to know the richness of the the various countries, cultures and individuals from those countries. You may think Hispanics are extremely hard workers, but there are many who are very lazy. You may think they don't make as much as Indians, but I know many who make more than Indians I know. Asians are extremely diverse, not something you could every generalize with these trite sayings. I Know many that are extremely poor. My hope is that we can learn to eliminate all these artificial categories. Only then can we overcome racism.
  5. I originally come from Fresno. When I was growing up, there were many southeast Asians relocating there. At that time there were church units and missionaries in Hmong, laotian and Cambodian. One found memory of my childhood was when I was twelve years old and me and a Hmong youth got together and used another kids stereotype of hmongs to get 10 dollars from from him in a scam. One big mistake was to confuse Lao and Hmong. Even though they were from the same country, they didn't like each other and had vastly different cultures. Later as a young adult, I had many friends from Laos. All good people. If you want to get an idea about hmong culture, watch grant torino with Clint Eastwood. It brought back memories of hmong food and culture.
  6. He had his reasons to oppose illegal immigration, other people today have their reasons. You may or may not agree with them. I certainly don't oppose illegal immigration. Those immigrants his organization was reporting certainly didn't like what he was doing at the time. He opposed the bracero program which many indigenous Americans from mexico relied upon for their support. Today, he pretty much gets a pass on his anti immigrant view due to his percieved ethnicity.
  7. You seem to be saying that there are people who have privilege. These people who have this privilege can only be discerned by the pigment of the skin. I believe this is the essence of racism, judging people be the color of the skin and not by getting to know them.
  8. You seem to know a lot about Asian Americans. Obviously they all seem the same regardless of what country in Asia they come from. All the same, whether they are thai, Lao, Cambodian, vietnamese, Hmong Japanese, Mongolian, etc. Why don't people just get to know them and their individual experiences rather than grouping them together like Asia was some small place where everyone is the same.
  9. Its interesting that Cesar Chavez could be anti illegal immigrant, and he pretty much gets a pass.
  10. It would seem that the advantages can only be discerned by pigment in one's skin. Racism to fight racism.
  11. I think you may be still trying to classify people according to race, when race should be meaningless. A "majority Race" is only meaningful when one looks at people as a race. If people stopped looking and categorizing people by their "race", "majority race" would have no meaning.
  12. The problem is how are you going to know if someone is a person of color unless you judge people by the color of their skin? How do you know if you have reached your goal without being racist in judging your employees? My children have a light skinned father and a dark skinned mother. Their skin color is about halfway between mine and their mothers skin tone. Is there going to be some color chart that one uses to see if the person has enough melanin in their skin to qualify as a POC?
  13. Do you look at some ones skin color when scheduling appointments? Longer appointments for dark people (because they might be late)? In my business, I really don't find it useful. Some Dark skinned people are punctual, some are not Same with lighter skinned people.
  14. "Whiteness" really only exists when people look others and make a judgment based on their skin color "Blackness" really only exists when people look at others and make a judgment based on their skin color. These are labels that we put on ourselves and others. My wife, whom most of you would label as a "Person of Color" and I am are joint owners of a business. During the last couple of months many people have been advocating doing business with minority owned businesses. Me and my wife were talking the other day that our business could qualify as a minority owned business. We found it funny because we have never really thought about the color of our business. or even thought of it as a having a color. we talked a bit about having my wife be 51% owner instead of 50%, so we could take advantage of the new "support businesses of color" movement. In the end we decided that people choosing our business because of our "color" would be wrong and we would not want the type of clients who judge our business based on our color. In the end I find people much more interesting based on who they are.
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