(John “Keoni” Jackson) – Las Vegas: Over the weekend two incidents involving Asian-Pacific Islanders and people with Reid for Senate t-shirts on.
On Saturday, October 23 at Chinatown Plaza around 11am. Early voting was that at ChinaTown Plaza and a Rally for Rory Reid for Governor and a FREE Lunch for Harry Reid voters and other candidates endorsed by AAG (Asian American Group).
There were some Hawaiian’s with some signs about Obama & Reid. Nothing derogatory only that Hawaiian’s are American Citizens & Illegals are not “special”. As some people passed they called the “TeaBaggers”, etc. Slant Eyes go back to your country, etc.
Oh, the Hawaiian’s were all wearing Angle Shirts and other shirts representing some of Aloha Consulting’s Candidates. One African-American , as he walked by pushed the Hawaiian Flag out of the way and mumbled something. He, then told one of my people, ‘You cannot stand here in an Angle shirt. When I confronted him, he said “Johnny don’t kill the messenger” I was told to tell your people that.
He wouldn’t tell me who said it, but I have an idea. Most of the Asian-Pacific Islanders that were there know me and will take our suggestions on who to vote for. It is sad that the Dems would resort to this. But, when you are getting beat every which way you resort to desperation.
I also wish to say that Congressman Mike Honda from California was very respectful to us. Even though he is a Democrat. He & I walked with our arms around each other and talked and laughed. I have known him for years and he is always fair.
On Sunday, October 24 at the Early Voting trailer at Pecos & Flamingo, we had another incident. We have people at Early Voting sites giving out candidate information. I get a phone call from one of workers, Bernadine Kamai, saying “ Johnny a van just pulled up and dropped off a bunch of African-Americans and people are pulling into the parking lot and seeing them and driving off without voting. Also, one was harassing her.
When I got there along with my 3 grandchildren and my daughter I noticed all these people in the parking lot. Bernadine was there as a ‘Blocker” for people trying to get a petition signed for a new arena. These people said they were there to get signatures.
I explained to this one person, you have a job to do and so do we, so please stay on your side and we will stay on ours. He then said F-You white boy what are you going to do about it!!! I just about lost it, and said a few words myself.
I walked away and went to the Voting trailer and told them what was going on. A person there stated, they are 100 ft away so we cannot do anything. I said, they are intimidating voters again she stated they are 100 ft away, call Metro if you are having problems. I couldn’t believe it.
I went back and tried to reason with these people, the name calling continued. Cracker, White Mother-F, etc. Then I noticed all my candidate signs were missing. I noticed one of the women who was there had half of a Angle sign and was using it as a clipboard. When I asked where did she get the sign, she said she found it.
As I was walking towards my car some other people came over to me and began yelling, Angle is a whore, F-You. One “white guy got in my face and began taunting me. It took my daughter to step between us before I lit him up. In front of my grand children these people used this profanity to intimidate. I then called Metro, and waited and waited, they never showed up. I then left.
Obama did say there will be hand to hand combat. I guess it has started.
(John “Keoni” Jackson is Executive Director for POIPAC)