(pic from here, double posted on bigwowo.)
I saw this on angryasianman. Apparently this Asian kid was getting bullied all year. The bully calls the Asian kid a f#$%ng Chinese," and when a shoving match breaks out, he punches the Asian kid in the face. The Asian kid happens to be a black belt in martial arts, and so he punches back. Knowing his fighting ability, he punches with his non-dominant hand and aims for the jaw, but he winds up hitting and breaking the bully's nose. His punch sends the bully to the hospital. Now the Asian kid is being charged with assault.
As a father, I worry about instances like this all the time. My daughter is not old enough to be fighting yet, and my son is best friends with the daycare bully, who happens to be a very large two year old (haha...reminds me of that movie My Bodyguard...), but it's something that sits at the back of my mind. I remember when I was growing up it was the exact same thing--racist White kid calls you a chink and gets physical, and when you try to defend yourself, the teacher punishes you while letting the bully walk. I wasn't a black belt in grade school (or right now, for that matter), and I'd usually lose most of my fights, but I remember it being the exact same thing--racist White kid starts the altercation with physical violence, racist teacher finishes it with institutional violence.
When I was in sixth grade, I had this one teacher named Mrs. P. (I'll protect Rice Daddies from any liability, though I feel no need whatsoever to protect the identity of this domestic terrorist) who would always, always take it out on me. I remember confronting her about why I always got punished while the bully didn't, and she said something along the lines of "Well, the other kids don't have any problems. Obviously it must be something with you."
Um, yeah, maybe that's because the other kids are White and don't have a miniature Himmler trying to test whether colored minorities bleed when punched in the face.
She said something like, "I don't have time to deal with your problems. You need to grow up."
Ooookay. If you don't have time to stop racial violence in your class, then why are my parents paying tuition at this school? Is that the someone else's responsibility? Mrs. P., are you moonlighting at another job, maybe shuffling papers or ironing white sheets for your local neighborhood KU KLUX KLAN???
Anyway, I'm glad kids are protesting. Everyone should have a right to defend himself. Some say that maybe the Asian kid should be punished by the school for fighting and breaking the rules, but I'd even disagree with this. I think he did a good thing by saying no to racism. In any case, under no circumstances should this be a criminal matter against the Asian kid alone--everyone has the right to defend themselves with justifiable force. Letting the bully get off scot-free is a governmental defense of racism.
This is another example of racism supported by an institution; in this case, the institution is the government which is bringing about these charges. I don't know the system in Canada, but in the U.S., you can sue the government when it abuses power like this. We may not be able to eradicate racism among individuals, but we definitely need to make sure that institutions are not supporting it. Best of luck to the protesters, and hopefully the government will do the right thing.
PS: A good way to make a loud statement would be for a wealthy Canadian American businessman to cover this kid's legal defense fees. It would show solidarity and displeasure with the system.
Edit: Good editorial here.