Friday, November 9, 2007

Wondering how far this will go

Since I posted my tiny rant, I have seen a ton of blog entires and comments around the blogosphere blasting anything coming from China. Maybe it's the fact that many people have either started planning or buying Christmas gifts, so toys are prominent on everyone's radar right now.

Today I got to wondering what the next step is and the possible next step scares me. I fear that the prejudice people are developing toward anything Chinese made will translate into a prejudice against the Chinese people and people of Chinese heritage. Maybe I'm being a bit paranoid, but it's a possibility. Think about it. After 9/11, *anyone* that looked remotely Middle Eastern faced some terrible instances of prejudice, even down to a couple of very sweet Indian girls in my high school English classes. A huge segment of our population were treated like scum because of the actions of a few people. In regards to the recalls, the vast majority of Chinese manufacturers who are doing things right are being tarred with the same brush used on the few that are doing dangerous things. Will our fear and suspicion extend beyond the manufacturing realm and change the way we treat the Chinese people?

It's something to think about.

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