Originally posted by @wolfgang59
A former Conservative Councillor has a sign on his fishery stating;
[b]No Polish or Eastern Bloc Fishermen Allowed
and he thinks it ok!
"If they want to call me a racist for stopping
thieves from coming on my private property
that's what they'll do. I know I'm right and
I'm doing the right thing"[/b]
Racist white Americans (led by the KKK) attempted to terrorize Vietnamese refugees into
not being able to exercise their legal rights to fish and compete against white Americans.
Although the racist white Americans succeeded in ruining the lives of many Vietnamese,
the Vietnamese won (for whatever good it did) in court and eventually prevailed in the workplace.
"The war between Vietnamese fishermen and the KKK signaled a new type of white supremacy
The Klan brought military support to [white] shrimpers in Texas."
"In the late 1970s and early 80s, a group of Vietnamese refugees had fled a humanitarian
crisis at home and legally resettled in the Galveston Bay area. In order to start making
their way, many of them took up shrimp fishing—much to the dismay of some locals, who
saw them as competition on the water.
At the end of the 1985 film 'Alamo Bay' (directed by Louis Malle), a 'liberal' white woman
is confronted by her racist white lover attempting to murder her Vietnamese male friend.
She orders her lover to stop. He ignores her and keeps attacking her friend. Then she shoots and
kills her lover. (This scene may have been extremely unpopular with white American audiences.)
Although as a Frenchman, Louis Malle did not share all of white Americans' racial prejudices,
the film (as usual for Western films) focuses upon the interactions of the white characters
while reducing the Vietnamese to stereotypes. I doubt that white Americans would get
much of a sense of who the Vietnamese refugee fishermen were as human beings.