Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A word can kill people!

      This picture is from Angry Asian Man. Danny Chen was born in New York, he was an American soldier since 2011 and he was his parents only child. His parent were all Chinese American and also he was Chinese American, too. Because of he was a Chinese American soldier, he suffered a lot of unfair and cruel treatment. Adam Holcomb was a sergeant who repeated physical attacks, racial taunts and mental abuse and then drove Danny Chen to take his own life. According to the Colorlines: A New York Magazine profile detailed the hazing and racial taunts Chen was subjected to in the weeks before he killed himself.
Since Danny Chen’s death, details of his story have slowly emerged, relayed by Army officials to his family. A group of his superiors allegedly tormented Chen on an almost daily basis over the course of about six weeks in Afghanistan last fall. They singled him out, their only Chinese-American soldier, and spit racial slurs at him: “gook,” “chink,” “dragon lady.” They forced him to do sprints while carrying a sandbag. They ordered him to crawl along gravel-covered ground while they flung rocks at him. And one day, when his unit was assembling a tent, he was forced to wear a green hard-hat and shout out instructions to his fellow soldiers in Chinese.
      Adam Holcomb was sentenced to just 30 days in the military jail, allowed him to stay in the service and his rank had reduced one ring. When Danny Chen heard this result, they could not accept it because they thought Adam Holcomb killed their only son, he was just sentenced 30 in the military jail and still in the service. Many people also felt it was unfair because these sentences could not be equal with Danny Chen's life. Holcomb also used terrible words to call Danny Chen such as dragon lady. It was important to see dragon lady not only could describe female and also male. He called Danny Chen dragon lady, his meaning was Danny Chen was just like a girl and used sexual way. After Danny Chen was dead, he left a message to his parents, he said, "Tell me parents, I am sorry". A word could also kill people, it was a big issue to make people to think and also avoiding this kind of tragedy to happen again. The court also needed to give Danny Chen's parents a great result because they lost their only son. Dead people could not be alive again and this would make them heart-broken.

Word Cited:
Hing, Jullanne. "30 Days in Jail for Soldier Charged With Driving Danny Chen to Suicide - COLORLINES." RSS. N.p., 31 July 2012. Web. 05 Mar. 2013.
         "Soldier Sentenced to Just 30 Days in Danny Chen Case." Soldier Sentenced to
         Just 30 Days in Danny Chen Case. N.p., 31 July 2012. Web. 05 Mar. 2013.


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