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Jan 27th
Ed, Like the majority of the Filipin PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 April 2009 20:09
Ed, Like the majority of the Filipino-Americans who had called and e-mailed me voicing their outrage over the use of the word FLIP by a Mr. Jonathan Lorenzo to name his publication as such, I think someone who was a student leader and a graduate of a prestigious university should have known better than what he did. He should have researched what word really meant before using it. I do believe that he had known all along that there was a derogatory connotation to that word. Calling Filipinos FLIP is akin to calling an African-American with an 'N' word. And he should have known that older Fil-Ams have been objecting to the use of that word. Unless his IQ is below par, Mr. Lorenzo has no excuse for his gaffe and, for me, there is no middle ground on this issue. I was so appalled when I read Bobby Reyes' e-mail. And like Bobby Reyes, a very courageous journalist like Jesse Jose, Romy Marquez, Yoly Tubalinal, Elsie Niebar, Lourdes Ceballos, Joseph Lariosa and Veronica Leighton, I will stand up to anyone who will stop at nothing just to to denigrate our race. It's ironic that that person happens to be of Filipino descent. Although what he did is protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, he should have exercised a little indiscretion for the sake of us, Filipinos. Don Azarias

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