Minneapolis Officer Tou Thao: You Helped Kill George Floyd. It's Time To Pay The Price

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Right now Minneapolis and the state of MN aren't in the news for the right reasons.

A video taken by an onlooker Monday evening shows a Minneapolis police officer keeping his knee on the neck of a motionless, moaning man at the foot of a squad car. The man, who was later identified as George Floyd, later died. Tuesday afternoon, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced that four officers involved are now "former employees" with the department, CBS Minnesota reports. Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted, "Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated. This is the right call."

One of those officers, is being identified as Tou Thao by multiple news outlets:

A source with knowledge of the investigation identified two of the officers as Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao.
The source confirmed the officer seen holding Floyd down in a video of the incident is Chauvin. The other officer in the video is identified as Thao.
The two other officers that have been fired were not on camera. They have yet to be identified.


Not only does the simple fact of police brutality---killing innocent men of color, primarily BLACK MEN--need to stop--but this officer--this ASIAN AMERICAN OFFICER Tou Thao--there's no gray here.

There's nothing you can even remotely defend.

He stood there, along with those other officers--AND WATCHED George Floyd DIE.


In broad daylight.

As an ASIAN AMERICAN OFFICER who SHOULD be doing better for the community because he was from a community of color and immigrants, he was supposed to understand.

He was supposed to do better.

He wasn't supposed to buy in to the WHITE RACISM THAT ALLOWED ANOTHER BLACK MAN TO BE KILLED from atop a perch of OPPRESSIVE POWER structured by racism.

He should have said something.

He should have stopped him.

He should have done anything other than WHAT HE DIDN'T DO.

But this wasn't the first time either he'd been involved in a case with these same undertones:

In 2017, Lamar Ferguson sued Thao and another officer, Robert Thunder, for excessive use of force. According to the lawsuit, Ferguson and a woman who was eight months pregnant were walking home when Thao and Thunder stopped and searched them without cause. The officers handcuffed Ferguson, and Thao threw him to the ground and began punching him, while Thunder kicked him, according to the allegations.

Should have...

Could have...

But didn't.

And now another Black Man is dead by the hands of the police.

#InSolidarity #BlackLivesMatter

#APIAHeritageMonth #DontForget 290+ Links About Asian American and Asian Bias During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Links and data from the http://asianamericancv19archiveproject.org/ a new project (in beta) where the mission is to document and keep a historical record of bias, xenophobia, displacement, and injustice, against the Asian American and Asian community during the Covid-19 pandemic, and to share that data with all communities via open source technologies, where no single entity or individual owns the historical archive, helping to ensure that it can never be erased (see the FAQ/Data) section for more information on data sharing via GitHub).

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    Living in the new world takes some adjustment and we all have to give ourselves some time--and definitely a break.

    As Asian Americans we're not just fighting what everyone else is from a COVID-19 pandemic standpoint, we're also facing it as Asian Americans, and that's a layer other people won't have to deal with--the racism, the xenophobia, the way that it's all overflowing out now. As a Brown Immigrant Vietnamese American life just isn't the same as other peoples. Honestly-these days I like to stay shopping at the Asian stores. Get pickup from some of my places that are still doing takeout. I just feel more comfortable right now. The videos you're seeing on social media of people just telling us to go home, calling us Chinks, trying to get into it with us. That guy with the words "Thanks Chinks" on his face-mask?

    I've had to do double takes now more than ever--like "Did you do that because I'm Asian?" I had one guy ask me if I had the virus, and I had someone else go on a rant about China and airplanes and locking the country down within ear shot of me in a SA. I swear in Target (cause I still gotta go there) someone who worked there at the self serve areas was telling everyone else to stay healthy--except me. And I'm the one who had the mask on between us. And it's one of those things--because of the climate we're in--you're asking yourself if you got slighted.

    Or I was standing in line 6 ft back with my black mask on and this White hipster couple in front of me is talking and then after the guy stops talking to his girlfriend/wife, she just turns her head and looks at me for just a little longer than normal, but not too long where I feel like I need to say anything (and she wasn't checking me out either--because you know-I do rock that black mask if I do say so myself).

    Everybody has stories like this--at the very least.

    And this is only take #1 because what happens after this? When there's a vaccine, after the stay at home orders are lifted?

    When the news starts to run.

    When businesses that were closed stay closed. When people on unemployment stay on unemployment because the businesses that they work for don't want to overextend themselves.

    I don't know about you, but history tells me some people might want someone else to blame.

    What do you think that's going to look like? Because it's already happening.

    Right now everyone's going to get a stimulus check (well you know...) there's some light at the end of the tunnel even as the country goes through more tragedy and death then it's seen in some lifetimes. There's a ray of optimism that in some way's we're all clinging too.

    But the longer this goes the more that optimism fades, because it's just human nature, because people need to pay their rent, their mortgages. They need food and clothes, and while some people can have a large support system, others are smaller, and still others are non-existent. The weight of it all will become crushing.

    So You Have To Fight

    It's like what else are you going to do. You have to survive. For the majority of people out there, they have to work. On that front it's just innate. Keep going or die.

    On the other side, like everyone else, I'm thankful for what I have, and working hard to keep it.

    At the same time I'm just trying to do what I can here and there with twitter and this place, which hasn't been a ton, and I've also been putting my time into some other projects that I feel just have to happen because this time can never be forgotten. We have to force this on other people to make them understand what's happening. To make them never forget that these are our lives and our families and friends that are being impacted on all levels.

    I won't ever let America forget what they're doing to us.

    We just can't.

    I Think You Just Have To Smoke A Blunt Right Now Because We Are All Fucked

    Thursday, April 02, 2020

    And we all know why.

    And we're not just getting fucked (if that weren't enough) but everybody knows we're getting fucked. People are actually telling us we're going to get fucked.

    Are you fucking kidding me?

    I say to all those MF's that are trying to fuck us--congregate, forget science or humanity, gather together.

    See what happens.

    You're the chosen ones right?

    You should be good then.

    Can't help it if you aren't though you know?

    Asian Dad Says Stay The Fuck Inside AKA When White People Kill Themselves AKA Just Pleasure Yourself

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    In some ways it doesn't matter what side you're on or if you're squished in the middle--it's already happening. There's nothing you can do about it.

    You have no choice.



    Fuck Liberty.

    You're sill free.

    Give me COMMUNITY.


    Schools, workplaces, whole cities--shut down.

    People are losing their jobs.

    People are scared.

    And everyone's making a sacrifice. A lot of people are doing their part including parents who will be spending way too much time with their kids at home and spouses who will have to look at each other day in and day out and wonder how they got to where they were, and it'll be either a lot of work for divorce lawyers, or a ton a' new babies!

    So don't go the fuck out of your house if you don't need to.

    Don't party in the street because you want to "Give it to the man".

    Don't be a Rudy Gobert.

    Stay home and jerk off.

    Massage your balls for a while. Work on the technique.

    Use that brand new dildo you didn't get to use last month. Slickin' that MF up! Make it rain!

    We just have to make the best out of what's happening because there's no use fighting it.

    To do so would just be irresponsible.

    Stay home. Be safe.

    Take the time and think about all the things you didn't do before, all the things you might have taken for granted--

    And how you'll definitely embrace those when this is all over.


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    Setting aside for the moment the racism and xenophobia against Asian Americans--this is just a gigantic, huge, over-sized clusterfuck.

    South Korea has tested around 250,000 people. Their system at minimum can assess 10,000 people per day.

    The "greatest" country in the world?

    It's almost like we don't even know what the fuck is going on.

    There's not a mandate to limit and ration store resources and it could easily be fixed with a directive, working with the top retailers to ensure supplies for everyone. Stores are starting to do this, but this is where you need government intervention and policy.

    Instead of mobilizing the National Guard to build a wall because someone doesn't like brown people, shouldn't we be mobilizing them to create fast and efficient testing centers attached to hospitals? Isn't this EXACTLY what the National Guard is there for?

    Shouldn't we be bypassing every hoop and collar that the US government has made for itself to streamline anything related to the testing, study, and vaccine of COVID-19?

    I'm going with yes.

    Instead we have to wonder if the policies in play during a time of crisis and uncertainty will help line a President's pockets.

    I think Obama, when asked about taking responsibility, would have said something like "We all have to take responsibility and that includes myself". Something like that--poetic, noble, speaking to the crisis.

    But we get the guy that just can't take it. We get the guy who puts his VP on it versus himself.

    Because he can't handle it. He doesn't know how to handle it.

    The President of the United States is supposed to lead in the most trying of times, to take the helm and hold the hand of the nation--but this President is scared. He's ill-equipped. His examples create confusion and chaos and this is the culmination of his leadership--

    a train wreck.

    An absolute train wreck.

    Re: 250+ Asian American Videos Reformat

    Tuesday, January 07, 2020

    While this list was published up before (with some easter eggs?) there it was just getting too much to handle from a load standpoint and getting all those youtube videos that were embedded--so the lists have been reformatted as links to the YouTube videos (which spawns a new window).

    Thank you. And you're welcome.

    250+ Of My Favorite Asian American Music Videos From The Last Decade (Or So...) #201-266

    Thursday, January 02, 2020

    * Note that videos are randomly ordered and that this list is not a comprehensive list as some videos are no longer available via YouTube links and this is strictly a listing versus an archive resource project.

    201. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz (Kina Grannis Cover) (2014)


    202. 寶兒BoA - 永遠MV (2010)


    203. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People (cover) (2011)


    204. If You - Big Bang (Cover) | Paul Kim x Jason Chen x David So Remix (2016)


    205. Alfa: "The Way You Look Tonight" - Guitar & Kazoo (2012)


    206. Yellow Boyz ft. Lyricks "Shawty" Official Music Video HD (Yellow Brick Road Mixtape) (2012)


    207. Yellow Boyz "SnapBack Season" Music Video (Yellow Brick Road Mixtape) (2012)


    208. That Thang - Jen Kwok x DanAKADan (2011)


    209. Rocky Rivera feat. Irie Eyez - GRLZ (2012)


    210. Blue Rain Fin.KL cover by Arden Cho (2012)


    211. 50 Shades of Grey - THE MUSICAL (2012)


    212. AZIATIX - "SPEED OF LIGHT" - FULL MV (2012)


    213. Mike Relm: Aziz Ansari Remixed (2011)


    214. The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition [OFFICIAL VIDEO] (2009)


    215. Demi Lovato - Give Your Heart A Break (Official Music Video Cover by Baiyu) (2012)


    216. Baiyu - Fergie's Big Girls Don't Cry Performance on "The Next" (2012)




    218. Something - Bambu (2011)




    220. Beautiful Night 아름다운 밤이야 BEAST cover by Arden Cho (2012)


    221. Silent Night - Jason Chen x Marie Digby x Ana Free (2015)


    222. Black Eyed Peas - Meet Me Halfway (Acoustic Cover) (2009)


    223. Noddy - "Black Heart" Official Video (2011)


    224. [AZIATIX] "Be With You (Rock Mix)" - FULL MV (2011)


    225. Blue Scholars - Hi-808 (Jazzpotato x Basmatibeats Remix) (2011)


    226. Blue Scholars "Fou Lee" Music Video (2011)


    227. Dawen 王大文 - 美麗 "Beautiful" (Official MV) (2013)


    228. "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen - Cover by Arden Cho (2012)


    229. Kina Grannis sings Valentine live on TV (2010)


    230. The Art in My Heart - Clara C | (Album Teaser & Pre-Order) (2010)


    231. Clocks - Coldplay | (Clara C Cover) (2010)


    232. Set Fire to the Rain - Adele (Cover by @NathanielTao) (2011)


    233. [JL Sessions] Part 1: Presenting: Jay Legaspi (2012)


    234. Usher x Justin Bieber - DJ Got Us x Somebody to Love (acoustic cover) (2010)


    235. Hide and Seek - Jason Chen ft. Amy & Ellen (2014)


    236. 2012 (A @ChrisBrown Cover) - @JRAquino [+FREE DOWNLOAD] (2012)


    237. Taylor Swift - Sparks Fly (AJ Rafael, Krissy & Ericka)​​​ | AJ Rafael​​​ (2012)


    238. Co-Write with Kina - Part 1 (Verse 1) (2010)


    239. DANakaDAN ft. Sam Kang + Yuri Tag - "SPACESHIP" (Official Music Video) (2015)


    240. Vlog 39: pretty girl problems (2012)


    241. PSY - GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V BYUNTAE STYLE! (PARODY) (2012)


    242. Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars - Safe and Sound (cover) (2012)


    243. 10th Anniversary Showcase: Kollaboration Chicago (2015)


    244. Usher - There Goes My Baby (cover) - Dawen (2010)


    245. The Moon Song - Karen O (From "Her" Soundtrack) ft. Kina Grannis & Aj Rafael​​​ | AJ Rafael​​​ (2014)


    246. Decipher Interview with channelAPA.com (2010)


    247. Magnetic North Interview with channelAPA.com (2010)


    248. Diddy Dirty Money Skylar Grey - Coming Home - Acoustic Cover/Remix - RYC Dineen Laurel + More (2011)


    249. Reel Big Fish - Take On Me (Official Video) (2009)


    250. Dumbfoundead - BRB Ft. Andrew Garcia (2011)


    251. Beatrock Music 2-Year Anniversary Celebration / Leo Docuyanan Photo Exhibit - Promo - Otayo Dubb (2011)


    252. Up In the Air - New Single (2010)


    253. Clockwise - Professional Rap (2010)


    254. Atomic Tom - Don't You Want Me (2011)


    255. Far East Movement - Artwalk (2011)


    256. Far East Movement, Ryan Tedder - Rocketeer ft. Ryan Tedder (2010)


    257. Swanky Tunes, Far East Movement - Entertain Us (2016)


    258. Far East Movement - Like A G6 - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2010)


    259. When We Were Young - Adele (John Saga Cover) (2015)


    260. Far East Movement: Free Wired Episode 1 - Downtown LA is Home (2010)


    261. Far East Movement, Justin Bieber - Live My Life ft. Justin Bieber (2012)


    262. Far East Movement ft. The Cataracs, DEV - Like A G6 (Official Video) (2010)


    263. David Choi & Kero One - " Forget You " by Cee Lo Green (2011)




    265. Awkwafina "My Vag" (Official Video) (2012)


    266. I'M IN THE 'BAD RAP' DOCUMENTARY (2014)


    267. UTS: "Thinking About You" - A Frank Ocean Cover (2011)


    268. "You're It" - A Gabe Bondoc Original (2010)


    250+ Of My Favorite Asian American Music Videos From The Last Decade (Or So...) #151-200

    Thursday, January 02, 2020

    * Note that videos are randomly ordered and that this list is not a comprehensive list as some videos are no longer available via YouTube links and this is strictly a listing versus an archive resource project.

    151. Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder (Clara C & Jayesslee Acapella Cover) (2012)


    152. Leejay & Passion's Midnight Medley (2010)


    153. Top 10 Reasons To Buy Stairwells (2010)


    154. Steve Aoki & Felix Jaehn - Can't Go Home feat. Adam Lambert (Official Video) (2016)


    155. AILEE - SHOE GAME (2010)


    156. Oceans Hillsong UNITED - Arden Cho (2014)


    157. Red Mushroom - Big Pirate Tyakasha (Shanghai Restoration Project remix) (2010)


    158. Jake Shimabukuro performing Blue Roses Falling (2010)


    159. NOTORIOUS MSG - WONTON VIOLENCE [Official Music Video HD] (2016)


    160. "Smile" music video by Far-East Movement (2007)


    161. Hoobastank - The Reason (Official Music Video) (2009)


    162. [AZIATIX] "Slippin' Away" - FULL MV (2011)


    163. The Far*East Movement - I Party f. IZ and DB Tonik (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO Directed by Choz Belen) (2010)


    164. Otayo Dubb - "So Opinionated" Mixtape Promo (2010)


    165. AJ RAFAEL x BLUSH "Miss Out"​​​ | AJ Rafael​​​ (2012)


    166. It's All Good (TO's Diner) (2011)


    167. Clouds - Dumbfoundead ft. Jay Park & Clara (Free mp3) (2010)


    168. David Choi - By My Side - Official Music Video (2011)




    170. The CounterParts - What We Do [Official Music Video] (2011)


    171. The Good Life - Paul Dateh & Ken Belcher EPK (2010)


    172. Jay Legaspi Sessions Teaser (2012)


    173. [JL Sessions] Part 2: 10 Past 3 (Original Song) (2012)


    174. The Slants - You Make Me Alive official music video (cosplay edition) (2011)


    175. Techno Trance - Super Mario (Techno Remix) (2008)


    176. (U Drive Me) Crazy - Glee - AJ Rafael x Cathy Nguyen​​​ | AJ Rafael​​​ (2012)


    177. STUNTMAN - DANakaDAN ft. Priska (Official Music Video) (2014)


    178. "Matchmaker" - AJ Rafael (Official Music Video)​​​ | AJ Rafael​​​ (2014)


    179. Rude Cover (Magic!)- Joseph Vincent (2014)


    180. Chanelle - Crazier, by Taylor Swift (2012)


    181. Dumbfoundead - For You (2012)


    182. Tim Be Told - Analyze - (Official HD Music Video) (2010)


    183. When We Say (Juicebox) - AJ Rafael - Official Music Video Teaser (2010)


    184. "Eyes Open" Trailer (feat. Ryan Bandong of Mitchell Grey) (2012)


    185. FourFive Seconds (Rihanna) - Sam Tsui & Kurt Schneider Acoustic Cover | Sam Tsui (2015)


    186. Pi Song (3.14159265358...) - Alfa (2010)


    187. Swag 101 (Blow The Whistle Freestyle) (2011)


    188. TGIF (Official Music Video) (2010)


    189. "Lego House" - Ed Sheeran (Cover) (2012)


    190. Big Bang - Bad Boy (ENGLISH VERSION) - HD (2012)


    191. Priscilla Ahn - Vibe So Hot (2011)




    193. Rocky Rivera- Bulletproof (Official Video) (2012)


    194. Jay Legaspi - Picture Perfect (Official Music Video) (2010)


    195. When We Say (Juicebox) - AJ Rafael - Official Music Video - Wong Fu Productions​​​ | AJ Rafael​​​ (2010)


    196. "Summertime" Music Video [Magnetic North & Taiyo Na] ft. Conchita Campos (2010)


    197. Viennie V - For You (Official) (2011)


    198. Vincent Chin. (Fort Minor remix by Model Minority) (2011)


    199. "I Got My" Music Video ft. Jin [Magnetic North & Taiyo Na] (2011)


    200. Annalé - Roses (Official Music Video) (2016)