华人为何如此喜欢向白宫请愿?

华尔街日报前几天发表了一篇文章,"China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia"(嘴炮是媒体天职,英、法、德、日、美、俄等国家都曾被称为「xx病夫」)。很多人认为 "Sick Man of Asia" 约等于「东亚病夫」,是侮辱中国和华人。有人向白宫请愿,要求华尔街日报道歉,也有读者向我转发了征集签名的邮件。我写这篇文章时已经有近8万人签名,只需在3月7日之前再征集2万个签名,就可得到白宫的回复。

虽然我不喜欢 "Sick Man of Asia" 这个词语,但是「咱们去找白宫请愿吧」这件事情更让我困惑。你想让白宫做什么呢?白宫能做什么呢?媒体有言论自由,总统不是华尔街日报的老板、上级或大股东,就算 Trump 不喜欢这篇报道,他根本没有权力要求华尔街日报道歉。自由派媒体天天怼总统,川普也经常骂他们是 "fake media",若白宫有本事让媒体道歉甚至闭嘴,《华盛顿邮报》、《纽约时报》和 CNN 早就关门了。

根据白宫请愿网站 "We the People" 的说明,若在30天内征集超过10万个签名,白宫将回复。未达到这一要求的请愿,将被存档、不再公开显示。也就是说,"We the People" 网站公开显示的请愿有两部分:

  • 历年来在30天内征集了10万个签名的请愿。
  • 虽然未达到10万个签名,但由于是最近30天内发起、尚未存档的请愿。

我写作这篇文章时,白宫公开的请愿共146个(参见下表),其中超过10万签名的请愿85个,尚未达到10万签名的请愿61个。其中不少请愿让人哭笑不得,比如要求将 NBA 的 Logo 改成 Kobe Bryant。你是科比的球迷我理解,但你好像拜错了庙,就好比找二郎神求子、怕高数挂科去给朱庇特上香,他们真不管这事。

家里的母猪不下崽,得请兽医,拦皇上的轿子喊冤是浪费时间。

在浏览这些请愿的时候,我发现极大比例跟华人相关,包括标题里有 "China"、"Hong Kong" 或 "Taiwan" 字样:

  • 超过10万签名的85个请愿中,有52个与华人相关,占比61.2%。
  • 最近30天内发起、不足10万签名的61个请愿中,23个与华人相关,占比37.7%。

其中有大量请愿是要求美国政府惩罚在香港抗议活动中扮演各种角色的政府官员。

根据2010年人口普查,美国共有华人约400万,约占全美3.08亿人口的1.30%。"We the People" 白宫请愿中与华人相关的话题,远远、远远超出了华裔在美国的人口比例。是否可以得出结论:相比其他族裔,华人更喜欢向白宫请愿;甚至可以说,向白宫请愿这事,主要就是华人在做(包括来自香港、台湾的华人)?这是为什么呢?难道是因为身在海外的华人,仍然习惯了「陛下请替小民做主」的思维吗?

如果你不喜欢华尔街日报的文章,最简单的方法是不理他。不看、不订阅、不传播。一篇文章而已,掀起不了多大风浪。泱泱大国,这点自信要有。如果不是因为大家在四处传播,很多人(比如我)根本就不会知道那篇文章。

如果你实在咽不下这口气,想投诉的话应该找华尔街日报的编辑部、投资人、广告主,而不是找白宫。如果你一定要找政府请愿的话,不要找美国政府,应该找中国政府。2018年,万豪酒店因在调查问卷中将香港、澳门、台湾和西藏与中国并列,引起很多人不满,最后全球 CEO 公开道歉,原因并不是美国政府施压,而是因为上海政府关闭了万豪的中国网站和 App 并约谈了其中国高管(见纽约时报报道)。这事找上海政府比找美国政府有用多了。

附:"We the People" 现有请愿统计
(按签名数量排序,整理于2020-02-08)

#主题签名华人相关
1 Divest or put in a blind trust all of the President's business and financial assets 370,516 No
2 Impeach Nancy Pelosi for crimes of Treason! 327,964 No
3 Please ask New York state to overturn recent abortion expansion laws. 314,567 No
4 Repeal the NFA 309,693 No
5 Revoke the U.S. Citizenship and Visas of the Hong Kong and China Officials who are in Support of the Extradition Bill. 295,418 Yes
6 Do Not Repeal Net Neutrality 283,496 No
7 US Government will punish China Government for the execution of Emergency Regulation Ordinance in Hong Kong. 232,768 Yes
8 Take actions on supporting Taiwan for joining WHO 228,175 Yes
9 #ChineseLivesMatters Calling a federal investigation into the United Airlines incident on 10th April 2017 214,561 Yes
10 Stop the landfill of Henoko / Oura Bay until a referendum can be held in Okinawa 211,838 No
11 Make Junius Ho Kwan Yiu and his immediate family members ineligible for U.S. Entry, Citizenship and Visas 202,723 Yes
12 Declare George Soros a terrorist and seize all of his related organizations' assets under RICO and NDAA law 199,362 No
13 Stop Qatar from yet another dubious act. How can a pro-terrorism nation mediate between United States and Iran? 176,740 No
14 Global Magnitsky Act for Pro-Beijing officials of the Hong Kong Executive Council 174,468 Yes
15 Officially recognize Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) led by Commissioner Stephen LO Wai-chung as a Terrorist Organization 169,799 Yes
16 Stop Donald Trump from signing the federal flavor ban of e-cig products. 166,186 No
17 Yes to regime change in Iran, No to dialog with a pro-terrorism government 165,628 No
18 Deport Maria Gabriela Chavez, and send her back to Venezuela. 151,580 No
19 Hong Kong say NO to Carrie Lam's so-called "concessions", Continue Call the US to Pass HK Human Rights and Democracy Act 150,304 Yes
20 Allow for Cadet Peter Wang to receive a Full Honors Military Burial 145,401 No
21 Please Send Medical Army to Hong Kong. Hong Kong is under a Humanitarian Disaster. 145,310 Yes
22 Donald Trump: Resign as President of the United States in Violation of the Emoluments Clause. Release Your Tax Returns 142,752 No
23 The removal of Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from office, do to inappropriate and unstable actions becoming of a congresswoman. 141,492 No
24 Jd.com, inc inducing consumers which leads to millions of people have been cheated for tens of billions of dollars. 137,316 Yes
25 Revoke the visas of Chinese college students who disrupted the otherwise peaceful pro-Hong Kong protests 135,534 Yes
26 Extradition Law Amendment in Hong Kong – Threat to Personal Safety and Freedom 134,911 Yes
27 Please send US Armed force to Hong Kong to rescue citizens from the massacre carried out by the Hong Kong Police Force. 134,351 Yes
28 Protect Free Speech in the Digital Public Square 131,374 No
29 Please expose the truths and punish brutality to youngsters in San Uk Ling Holding Centre in Hong Kong. 131,230 Yes
30 Hong Kong Universal Suffrage Plan 130,211 Yes
31 The United States should formally recognize Taiwan as the independently governed nation it has been for over 60 years. 128,168 Yes
32 Save the people of Iraq from their corrupt government of the last 16+ years. 126,346 No
33 Stop HK Police sexually assaulting protestors. Please pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. 125,714 Yes
34 STOP THE COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT OF MINORITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA 125,050 No
35 CONDEMN India's Denial of Justice to the Victims of November 1984 Sikh Genocide 124,770 No
36 Expulsion For Maxine Waters – Remove Her From Congress 124,634 No
37 Make Yu HOI KWAN and her immediate family members ineligible for U.S. Entry, Citizenship and Visas 124,316 Yes
38 Over 1.5 Million American jobs in jeopardy upon the change of the EB-5 rule – Must re-define the limitations of the visa 123,218 No
39 Sanction Hong Kong government for its State Terrorism conducted in Prince Edward train station, Hong Kong on 8/31 123,135 Yes
40 Please pass the bill "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" 120,884 Yes
41 Make Kong Wing Cheung and his immediate family members ineligible for U.S. Entry, Citizenship and Visas 120,818 Yes
42 Please nominate the Hong Kong freedom fighters for the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 120,672 Yes
43 Bring our loved ones back from "Al Udeid" Air Base 119,999 No
44 We The People Call for The Resignation of FCC Chairman Ajit Varadaraj Pai 119,851 No
45 Please reject the nomination of Andy Tsang Wai-hung for positions in United Nations 118,090 Yes
46 Hongkongers support Congress to introduce and pass be water Act 118,002 Yes
47 Award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Parkland Shooting HERO and victim, Peter Wang, who died saving others 117,979 No
48 Save Oleg Sentsov 116,751 No
49 Please include the top managements of MTR Corporation Limited in "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" 115,235 Yes
50 Chinese police impersonating Hong Kong police officers in anti-extradition bill protest 114,779 Yes
51 Make Tse Chun Chung John and his immediate family members ineligible for U.S. Entry, Citizenship and Visas 114,196 Yes
52 President Trump: Please liberate Hong Kong from Communist China's occupation 114,175 Yes
53 Please impose sanctions on Hong Kong police until all that have committed state terrorism crimes are brought to justice 113,659 Yes
54 Petition calling for the suspension of crowd control equipment exports to Hong Kong, prevent human rights abuses 113,097 Yes
55 Sanction Hong Kong government for its State Terrorism activity conducted in Yuen Long train station, Hong Kong on 7/21 113,016 Yes
56 A Peace Treaty on the Korean Peninsula 112,158 No
57 Sanction Hong Kong Police 111,998 Yes
58 C.Y. Leung must be gounded for U.S. and Europe, his foreign assets must be frozen. He offers bounty to arrest protestors 111,574 Yes
59 Immediate cancellation of visa or citizenships and expelsion of HKSAR top officials and police officers & family members 111,015 Yes
60 Please include Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) in "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" 110,912 Yes
61 Oppose Japan and the IOC's decision to use the "rising sun" flag in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics 110,835 No
62 Ask the International Olympics Commission & Corporate Sponsors to relocate or cancel the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics 110,177 Yes
63 Please include the Hong Kong Police Group in "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act" 109,908 Yes
64 Seize the assets and revoke the US Citizenship of the VC of the HK Hung Hom Police Division – Mr. Chung Nga Lun. 109,720 Yes
65 Sanction Daniel Ortega under the Magnitsky Act 109,416 No
66 Juniors Law 109,196 No
67 American people, say NO loudly to sexual assault! 108,827 No
68 Call for Official Recognition of the Chinese Communist Party as a Terrorist Organization 108,432 Yes
69 Condemn China's Concentration Camps and Prevent a 21st Century Holocaust in East Turkistan 108,411 Yes
70 Requesting international humanitarian aid/assistance for unprotected Hong Kong citizens 108,129 Yes
71 Saivian LLc. USA and Saivian International Inc Scam 107,764 No
72 Hongkongers urge Congress to pass the Protect Hong Kong Act 107,491 Yes
73 President Trump, Please Admit Hong Kong as a US Protectorate! 106,644 Yes
74 Request for Sanctions Against Those Responsible for the Extradition Law Amendment in Hong Kong 106,063 Yes
75 Request communist China government to redeem imperial dynasty's bond 106,011 Yes
76 List the Hong Kong Police as a Terrorist organization in the United States DOS list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations 105,970 Yes
77 Call on our Government to step in and do something about Vincristine shortage! 104,855 No
78 Appeal to add genuine dual universal suffrage in Hong Kong as a part of phase 2 agreement between US and China 104,771 Yes
79 Re-establish government and HK Police 104,208 Yes
80 Unblocking the Banned Chinese Social Media Accounts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube 103,404 Yes
81 Freeze assets of Chinese government-backed entity in response to seizing humane support funds of Hong Kong protestors 102,623 Yes
82 Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Corporate Sponsors Don't Deserve Tax Benefits—So Don't Help Them Fund CCP Propaganda Again! 102,521 Yes
83 Recognize the Rapid Support Forces led by General Hemedti (Janjaweed leader) in Sudan as Terrorist Organization 101,751 No
84 Arabian Gulf is not and never been PERSIAN !!! 101,721 No
85 Help Congress Act on the Mass Genocide of Uighur Muslims in China 101,589 Yes
86 Demand DOJ Investigate Corruption Involved in the Christian Andreacchio Murder Investigation 95,224 No
87 Racially Discriminatory Article Title on Wall Street Journal 77,032 Yes
88 The Hong Kong government's hard-pressed national anthem law violates one country, two systems and freedom of speech 54,184 Yes
89 Hong Konger strongly hope USA can warning to Hong Kong Police cant adding an electric gun for new weapon 46,179 Yes
90 Petition for CDC's support in the battle against 2019-nCoV outbreak in Hong Kong 30,023 Yes
91 Nominate Chinese Coronavirus Whistle Blower Dr. Li WenLiang Nobel Peace Prize 25,732 Yes
92 Support Hong Kong people's right to strike and sanction figures suppressing basic human rights in Hong Kong. 13,154 Yes
93 Petition to Sanction the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Media Group (IRIB) 11,222 No
94 THE PROJECT : SUNLIGHT RESISTANCE SYSTEM TO SAVE THE EARTH 7,376 No
95 Exert pressure on the HK government to close all borders with mainland China to prevent outbreak of the Wuhan Pneumonia 6,706 Yes
96 Vote out Stephen Sweeney- President of the New Jersey Senate. 6,508 Yes
97 Seeking United States of America's Intervention to repeal India's anti -Muslim citizenship law (CAA) 6,348 No
98 Please supply Remdesivir – a drug which can treat 2019-nCoV, to Hong Kong 4,542 Yes
99 Coronavirus outbreak in China is threatening our country, the Trump should Administration Public Health Emergency ASAP. 3,977 Yes
100 Sanction social media corporations that ban accounts providing information on Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement 2,718 Yes
101 Request the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to add licensed acupuncturists in the Medicare provider list. 2,401 No
102 Repeal the 1986 Childhood Vaccine Injury Act 1,197 No
103 President Trump, please let Reza Pahlavi use former Embassy of Iran in Washington, D.C. to support Iranian protesters. 1,033 No
104 POLITICAL WEAPONIZATION OF LABELS: How Are Americans Becoming Unwitting "Domestic Terrorists?" 971 No
105 Establish mandatory sepsis protocols in all healthcare facilities and declare September National Sepsis Awareness month 967 No
106 Petition to President Trump to advocate for the protection of all the elderly, including POPE BENEDICT XVI! 890 No
107 Speaker Pelosi is Employed by the American Taxpayer. We Demand She be Drug and Alcohol Tested! 888 No
108 Strong against to the Hong Kong Police Force. With the approval notice issued, the Hong Kong Police Force is still armed 883 Yes
109 PARDON LT. GENERAL MICHAEL T. FLYNN (RET) 826 No
110 Revoke U.S. citizenship&visas of Hong Kong&China officials responsible for keeping HK borders with mainland China open 801 Yes
111 Granting Chinese Coronavirus Dr.Li WenLiang's Family Members GreenCard 754 Yes
112 Please send CDC experts and hospital ships to Hong Kong ! 732 Yes
113 Elizabeth Quat, Legislative Council member, we hope USA can put her to be on one of the sanctions lists 686 No
114 Charge Nancy Pelosi with Unauthorized Disposition of Federal Records 638 No
115 Petition to remove Nancy Pelosi from the speakership. 587 No
116 Sanction Hong Kong Police for violating basic human rights 564 Yes
117 Immediately stop all Mainland Chinese to enter America until the WuHan Coronavirus crisis has been totally resolved. 563 Yes
118 Request to the US Congress to include in Magnitsky sanctions list Nursultan Nazarbayev and members of his mafia clan. 548 No
119 Force Nancy Pelosi to Resign for destroying the copy of SOTU Address on February 4th 527 No
120 REVERSE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S UNFAIR VISA BAN ON NIGERIA 500 No
121 Remove "The New Colossus" poem from the Statue of Liberty. 473 No
122 Issue warning to HK government to close the border to prevent Coronavirus otherwise America should ban air traffic to HK 467 Yes
123 Urgent help from the U.S. needed, the Chinese government has lost the ability to fight the coronavirus outbreak 466 Yes
124 Hold Speaker Pelosi accountable for violating 18 U.S. Code § 2071 by destroying an official document. 459 No
125 Executive Order to establish the War on Drugs Service Medal 452 No
126 STOP UNCONSTITUTIONAL FIREARM LAWS 451 No
127 Request US to condemn the Hong Kong government for not banning Chinese tourists 404 Yes
128 A Petition that Donald J. Trump, President of the United States: Pardon Julian Assange 377 No
129 hope United States will implement substantive sanctions to force the Hong Kong government to face the epidemic 369 Yes
130 Protect Our Wild Horses and Burros! 357 No
131 Special Election to Remove Mitt Romney 341 No
132 Pelosi violated Federal USC 18 § 2071 a&b willfully shredding SOTU Speech, as such must forfeit her public office. 297 No
133 United States as a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary 257 No
134 Require the CDC to release data on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a timely and detailed manner 246 No
135 Change NBA logo to Kobe Bryant 211 No
136 Relocate training for Saudi military personnel from NAS Pensacola to a Safe location overseas. 209 No
137 "We The People" wish the repeal the federal prohibition of cannabis marijuana! 205 No
138 Quality early childhood education is the foundation for success! Quality education isn't only powerful, it is possible! 200 No
139 Taking responsibility to help the citizens of Iraq after US invasion 195 No
140 Blocking the BLM so that they can NOT remove wild horses, burros off of public lands. 187 No
141 Temporarily Suspend All Chinese Citizens Enter the United States Because of Wuhan Virus 177 Yes
142 Have President Trump investigate Doris Miller's Navy Cross for possibility to upgrade to Medal of Honor. 173 No
143 President Trump's Executive Order (EO), "Protecting and Strengthening Medicare," of October 3, 2019. 169 No
144 We need @realDonaldTrump to release documents wrongly classified until 2034 about Rep. Jan Schakowsky. #DrainTheSwamp 163 No
145 Amend the Dayton Peace Agreement 162 No
146 Please restrict all commercial flights form Hong Kong until the China/HK border is completely shut down 161 Yes

7 thoughts on “华人为何如此喜欢向白宫请愿?”

  1. 你认真学习下中国历史,然后你就知道,综合考虑风险、收益和效率,事情找洋大人才能最快解决的。

  2. 如果没时间看历史,就研究下从2019年12月份到现在的武汉疫情的国内外新闻,你就知道了。

  3. 一个时代的缩影…也是民族文化的特性,总是希望圣明的天子能为自己主持公道,可惜美国不是中国,时代也不再是那个时代。总是听说华人不喜反抗、不习惯参与政治、不懂得表达自己的想法,至少从这里我看到了也不尽是人们所说的那样,尽管方法可能并没有什么用。

    1. 我支持华人表达自己的看法,并觉得越多越好、哪怕是我不赞同的观点也没关系。但这事找白宫请愿,是瞎胡闹,不会有任何正面效果,反而有可能因为瞎胡闹而让路人侧目。

  4. 那 Save Independent Reporter CHEN Qiushi and Brave Wuhan Citizen FANG Bin 是瞎胡闹吗?

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