I know all of us, no matter what our race is, have been at one time or another discriminated against, hurt, embarrassed, humiliated, or angered by another ethnic group. However, we have to move on even though we find it immensely challenging to forgive and forget. We should not generalized and assume a certain race is horrible based on the actions of one person or a group of people. I say this because I see too many individuals doing this including people in the public eye like John McCain, a presidential hopeful. The article might not be current, but the issue is still revelant today : racial slurs. After I read the article by Katie Hong, of the Seattlepi.com I was appalled and disappointed by his racist remark about how he hated the “gooks” the Vietnamese guards who held him captive during the Vietnam War. Even though I sympathize with him about his horrible treatment by the North Vietnamese, I do not condone his racial slur because like Katie Hong said “To the Asian American community, the term is akin to the racist word “nigger.” I have to acquiesce with Katie that it is irresponsible that the other presidential hopefuls back then as well as the media had made light of the racial slur by ignoring it and acting like it never happened. If his remark had targeted African Americans that would cause such an uproar that it would have dominated headline news before we even had a chance to blink much less open our mouths. Also, the Reverend Al Sharpton would be on the first flight out to Arizona to rally a protest in front of John McCain’s house. However, since it is targeting Asians, it is no big deal? Where is our “Al Sharpton” ? Who is going to stand up for the Asian American population? Just because we do not protest everything does not mean that we do not care how we are treated. As a member of the Asian community I find it unfair and disappointing that our feelings are not being considered and our opinions are not being heard. Are Asians underrepresented? Are we still invisible? Do people see us as a stepping stone? Do we give this impression that we are too accepting? Are we too nice? Are we indifferent? All I know is, we should not put up with racial slurs. Nobody has a right to make disparaging remarks about us because we are a part of this country. Maybe once in awhile we need to throw a fit like every other race to show our displeasure and disgust!