USA 1 hour ago
As a Jewish American I say "welcome to the club". The discomfort that Asian-Americans feel about the Liang case has antecedents in American Jews' reaction to the treatment of Jonathan Pollard, imprisoned for life, and Ethel Rosenberg, executed for espionage.
Pollard and Rosenberg were different from Liang in that their crimes were intentional and their guilt clear. But their punishment was extreme, and far more harsh than that of others in similar circumstances. Many Jews worried about scapegoating by the American mainstream, and about bending over backwards by Jewish prosecutors and judges.
Over the years we have become "whiter", even to the point of their being a significant contender for the presidency whose Jewishness is barely mentioned. (Hint: It's Bernie.) And yet some of us still fear speaking out lest we shred the thin veil of acceptance.
Some advice from one whose people are a bit further along the path: The protests are absolutely the right thing to do, and Asian-Americans should not be deterred by seeming to defend a man they believe is guilty.