So, picture this... you are a refugee from the fall of Saigon, or, after it fell and in the midst of the many millions murdered by the communist oppressors that overtook the country in the 70s and 80s, you were lucky enough to escape with your life. Let's say you finally move to California to enjoy a communist free life in the United States. Paradoxically, though, there you encounter a newspaper that scolds you and says that you are just a fearmonger for getting upset that there is a communist art show in your new cmmunity. And all the while you know that millions of your countrymen were murdered by the same communists that this paper, the L.A. Times, wants you to celebrate in art.
Would you get a tad upset? I think you might. Yet the L.A. Times thinks you should rather be interested in breaking "taboos," having "open dialog" and to stop "the fear." You should not get so gosh darned all upset at the commie art show. YOU are at fault here, not the commies.
Yes, the L.A. Times wonders why everyone is all so upset at the communists, so much so that even displays of commie artwork is upsetting to people whose lives and family were destroyed by communists in Vietnam. The L.A. Times is totally oblivious to the hate that should be forever leveled at communism.
So, we find the L.A. Times reporting on an "art" show that "purposely includes communist symbols." The curators of this sham art show are pretending that their desire is to "challenge sensibilities and provoke discussion in a community where the topic of politics other than staunch anti-communism has long been taboo."
Naturally, the worst of the trouble has come from another of our anti-American, pro-communist universities.
Organizers say the display is a direct response to the artwork of a UC Davis graduate student and Vietnamese immigrant who painted a foot spa yellow with three bright red stripes. She said it was to honor her mother-in-law's years of labor in a nail salon, but some in Little Saigon saw it as a mocking reference to the South Vietnamese flag -- which is also yellow with three red stripes -- and branded it communist propaganda.
Of course this student’s “art” was meant as communist sympathy and also meant to enflame the community. It DID come from an American university, after all.
So, since this commie flaunting "foot spa art" made such a splash, of course this gave other communist sympathizers the idea to mount a full blown communist sympathizing "art" show.
"We felt this prevailing fear around the Vietnamese community after the foot bath incident," said Tram Le, one of the curators. "I felt the community was on this slippery slope, that we were not progressing toward having open dialogue and being more tolerant of different political viewpoints."
The group hopes to change the mood in Little Saigon through art.
But, isn't that just the point? To "change the mood"? To change the mood from the commonly staunch anti-communist sentiment in the area, to whittle away at that sentiment in some faux quest for an "open dialog" about the murderous commies so that communism can be rehabilitated and re-established in that very community? After all, what IS an "open dialog" about but to ease tensions and make everyone comfortable with a formerly devalued ideology? The very purpose of "dialog” is to lead to acceptance and understanding.
And here is the University of California at Riverside trying to help along that communist rehabilitation.
"I think that we were trying to confront that fear head on," said Mariam Lam, a UC Riverside assistant professor of literature and cultural studies, and board member of the art group. "We are trying to say that the community should be a safe space for people, even protesters."
Yeah. Head on, indeed.
Sorry, but those in the Vietnamese community in the L.A. area are absolutely right to immediately squash anyone that wants to help reestablish communist ideology among them. These people are right to hate communism and to want it banished from their lives forever. These people are right to ostracize those that want to soften the hatred for communism.
Communism does not need to have "an open dialog." It needs only to be excoriated and despised. Communism is the single most murderous idea that man has ever spawned and it should be treated like the plague that it truly is.
Yet, here is the L.A. Times and our local California universities telling the very victims of communism and their family members that they are the fearmongers!
Nice going, Times.