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Gloomy mentality of Jack Cafferty
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15:09, April 17, 2008

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When CNN relayed the news on the Beijing's Olympics torch relay in San Francisco, its host Jack Catterty said in a TV show on April 9 that the Chinese products are "junk" and the Chinese people "basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they've been for the last 50 years." These abuses of Cafferty's are by means no accidental as they revealed the gloomy mentality of racial discrimination.

CNN brought shame on itself with its distorted reportage of riots in Lhasa since March 14, and it should have made an apology and admitted its fault, and then the people in China would not "grasp its queue and not let go." To date, CNN host Jack Cafferty lashed out abuses against China and seemed anxious to act as a daring vanguard in the anti-China wave.

Nationals of the Chinese origin, out of their sincere, heartfelt love for their native land and for the Olympic spirit, greet the arrival of the Olympic torch and oppose to the sabotage by "Tibet independence" elements; this represents fond feelings of the human world and very much resembles the sentiments of other races in the U.S. Jack Cafferty, nevertheless, took a personal charge and shouted abuses publicly as if he had been stung to the quick.

It seems that the CNN host is really annoyed and, once he turns irrational, he betrays his true "colors" or features. When Chinese netizens use the word "naked run" to denounce the CNN's distorted reportage, and I prefer using the very word onto Cafferty, and it is indeed the most appropriate.

In fact, either US Speaker Nancy Pelosi exploits the "Tibet issue" to safeguard her "moral authority", or Jack Cafferty vilifies the Chinese, or some media organs assault China with the so-called human rights issue, there is a sense of moral superiority intrinsic in the minds of those who oppose whatever things related to China. Such a sense of moral superiority has led them to discriminate and bias against China.

The vile remarks of Cafferty has reminded me of the history Iris Chang, the late prominent Chinese American woman author, has recounted in her book "Chinese Americans". A large-scale anti-China wave erupted in the western part of the United States in the 1870s. In 1882, the US federal government passed the "Chinese Exclusion Act", outlawing Chinese immigration to the U.S. The Chinese Americans then were described as demons and ghosts, "octopuses" from the east and evil creatures from Asia. A daily newspaper in Californian in 1979 went so far as to smear in its editorial Chinese as the half-humans and half demons, eating rats, wearing rags, who do not know anything about laws and Christian culture … The US Congress annulled the act till 1943. Despite the fact that the irrational act has been abrogated by the US Congress long ago, the idea of racial discrimination remains deep-rooted in the innermost world of Cafferty and his ilk.

As earth-shaking changes have occurred on earth with the passage of the past 100-plus years, the Chinese people have stood up, and China today is not China of yesterday. The status of the Chinese as an "inferior" nation remains unchanged, however, in the innermost world of certain people, and the Chinese nation seems still to be a nation awaiting them to rescue from an abyss of suffering. Such a mentality would find expressions in some critical moments intentionally or unintentionally, wittingly or unwittingly.

Harbored with their hatred for China's development, Caffertys have assaulted, slandered and even framed up and spread rumors in recent years, and they finally come to the fore stark naked. In so doing, they have laid bare their true mentality. I remember a scholar once telling me a story. During one of his China trips in 1980s, late US President Richard Nixon set forth an important viewpoint in one of his speeches, that is, Sino-US ties would remain crucial in the next (or this) century even without a factor of the (former) Soviet Union,. Wu Xueqian, then Chinese foreign minister, who was present on the occasion, felt this remark of Nixon's quite meaningful and reported it to the late senior Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. Upon hearing it, Deng remained composed and replied with these significant words: China will then be powerful in the 21st century.

By People Daily Online and its author is Ding Gang, its senior desk editor

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