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Sunday, September 24, 2006


Hmong Hunter Tragedy: Another Near Miss - or a Local Overreaction?

Today Appleton's Post-Crescent newspaper has a story about a Hmong hunter who was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a landowner. The story invokes memories of the Hmong hunter murders a year ago, in which six white men were killed by a Hmong hunter after the owner of the land asked the man to get off their property. It also quotes someone condemning "this kind of garbage" and suggesting that the Hmong man "chose the wrong way" to respond, as if the allegations are true. (Nov. 4 Update: The quote referred to the problem of trespassing and appears to be a reasonable statement, based in input I've received from the source.)

I don't think the Post-Crescent's article is fair. All that we know is that there was a dispute (the suspect, Toua Lor, acknowledged this, according to the newspaper), that the Hmong man left, that the owner then called the police to accuse him of pointing a gun, and that the man was then arrested. As far as I know, there is not yet any admission of wrongdoing or any evidence that Toua Lor made threats of any kind. After reading the newspaper article, one might think that we narrowly escaped another murderous rampage of a crazed Hmong hunter, when there was perhaps simply a misunderstanding between a hunter and the owner of the land. The owner may have overreacted or may have actually been threatened - we don't know yet. It's too early to assume we know what took place.

Actually, I know the suspect. The Toua Lor I know does not fit into common stereotypes of the Hmong people. He's a kind and gentle man, from all that I've seen, and one that shows a great deal of respect for authority, law, and other people. I don't know what happened, but I worry that the local media response will only exacerbate tensions between the white and Hmong communities.
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Why is it always the HMONG people who are blame for and are being arrested? Why don't we hear both side of the story first before we take a action. Just because one of our people did something bad in the past doesn't reflect on all the HMONG people.
The hmong has always been blamed on whether the other party (whites) started the altercation first. It is not fair, and the law enforcement will always side with the whites. So sometimes it is best to take the law into your own hand.
Once again, the Media has used the "race" game to get more attention. This is the perfect example that the media could careless about anyone or who they have damaged as long as they get paid and publicity. If they don't publish this kind of garbage, no one will watch their station. It's pity that anyone would go this low.

I am ashamed and therefore, refused to watch Fox 11 News channel. The Editor-In Chief and the reporter need to be re-educated.
The law in the US is "innocent until proven guilty." Based on another person's accusation has no validation for the arrest of Toua or any individual. The police is just plain "racist."
As far as I know from my experience the Hmong people are a group of people that tend to over-react, lie, cheat, steal & kill with no real reason. One reason is that Hmong people tend to blame others for their own problems. This is no wonder that every country hates the Hmongs. They can't take responsibility for their own actions and killing is the end result. Happens in relationships, not just hunting. I hope in the future Hmongs can learn to love one another and others. I am Hmong myself and disappointed.
Hmong people don't care about one another, so how can they even start to love other cultures. Take for example, at Hmong Harvest on thanksgiving night they turned down a Hmong person using an EBT card just so they can speed up the line for the cash users because her card wasn't scanning. They didn't want to take the time to manually type her # in.
I was kind of heartbroken when I saw this because being the 3rd next in line I was very sad it happened. So as for the hunting, I think it's a Hmong issue. Never have you heard mexicans, blacks or other hunters having issues.
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