For those who doubt that the Virginia Tech massacre will result in multiple new forms of harassment of Asian people, it certainly has and will. The above photo is from the 8Asians blog which reported the massacre yesterday. 8Asians blogger jozjozjoz wrote:
I’d like to take this opportunity to set one thing straight. There is a photo of an Asian man getting cuffed (arrested) being circulated on the AP with the following caption:
The crack newsteam at 8asians wants to be first to report that the Asian man seen being cuffed in this photo is Shaozhou Cui, a photographer for the VT student newspaper. HE IS NOT “THE SHOOTER!” The only thing Shao can be accused of shooting is photographs. Without having heard from him yet, I assume that maybe he got too close to the action before the police took him down. (We try to get Shao’s story here.)
Many people are circulating this photo of Shao and “connecting the dots” between the alleged Asian gunman and this image.
I read in several news reports that three people were arrested by police shortly after the first shootings, then released. I can only wonder if all of them were Asian. I mean, does Shaozhou Cui, the reporter above, look anything like Cho Seung-Hui, the shooter? When a shooter is a white male, do police normally just randomly start arresting white male reporters in the vicinity, handcuffing them, and so on?