Asian Americans

Chip Off The Old Racist Block


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At a House hearing last week, Republican congressman Chip Roy made an argument for free speech and attacked China for the coronavirus.

Roy, as a former prosecutor, said he wanted to take out the “bad guys,” and called the Chinese Communist Party “the bad guys,” “patently evil” and listed a series of policy criticisms with the Chinese government, including its treatment of the Uyghurs, the theft of American intellectual property, the build up of its military and China’s lack of transparency over the origins and spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The only problem with bringing all that up is that the hearing wasn’t about China, the coronavirus, the Uyghurs, the theft of American intellectual property, or the build up of China’s military. It was a hearing on discrimination and increased violence against Asian Americans. The hearing was scheduled before the shootings in Atlanta that left eight people dead, including six Asian women.

Chip Roy said, “The victims of race-based violence and their families deserve justice, and as the case for what we’re talking about here with the tragedy of what we just saw occur in Atlanta, Georgia.” That sounds alright. But unfortunately, Chipper kept talking.

Have you ever watched The Office and during one of the awkward and uncomfortable moments thought, “Please stop talking, Michael Scott. For the love of god, please stop talking”? This was one of those moments, except more racist, more awkward, and with more stupid.

Chip said, “I think there’s an old saying in Texas about — find all the rope in Texas and get a tall oak tree. You know we take justice very seriously and we ought to do that, round up the bad guys.”

It seems like when Chip found out he was to take part in a hearing about violence and discrimination against an American minority, he thought it was in favor of violence and discrimination against American minorities. Yee-haw, get the rope. You would think that at some point during the sentence about lynching, at least one of his Republican colleagues would have tackled Chip Roy.

Chip was upset because he saw the hearing as an attack on free speech. He thought the hearing was an attack on his freedom to be racist. This is the first response from white male conservatives after six Asian Americans are murdered: “How will this affect my white privilege?”

There has been an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans over the past year. It coincided with the coronavirus arriving in our country and Donald Trump waging a public relations war against China that included plenty of racist terms against Asians.

Chip Roy said, “My concern about this hearing is that it seems to want to venture into the policing of rhetoric in a free society, free speech and away from rule of law and taking out bad guys.” No. It’s not about policing rhetoric. It’s about policing white racism that leads to violence. To start, you need to find out where the seed was planted. In this case, it was probably planted when Donald Trump started using the term “kung flu.”

And then, racists started walking up to elderly Asian Americans and attacking them. Last week in San Francisco (In case you’re a Republican, that’s in California), a 38-year-old man punched an 83-year-old Asian American man and later, he punched a 75-year-old Asian American woman.

If your first concern after hearing about members of another race being punched and gunned down is for your white privilege, you’re kind of an asshole.

Here’s the thing, white people: Not everything is about you. This country belongs to the 75-year-old Asian woman just as much as it belongs to you. Don’t you get that? If not, it would be best for you to start understanding it.

I understand the world is a scary place for white conservatives. They’re losing elections and they’re becoming the minority. Most people in this nation don’t agree with them. They are no longer the silent majority because they’re never been silent and they’re no longer the majority. Now, they are reluctant to stop using racist terms. White people are starting to argue that not being able to discriminate is discrimination against them.

During the 2016 president campaign at one event in one of the Dakota states, Donald Trump used the slur “Pocahontas,” and was told quickly by a Native American reporter, “That’s offensive.” Donald Trump sounded like a child when he said, “It is?” He acted like it was the first time that was brought to his attention. He didn’t say it again at that event, but he continued to use it for the next four years.

In 1997 when I moved to Hawaii, my editor, who was a Japanese American, told me not to use the word “Oriental” to describe people. She wasn’t angry or talking down, but she explained to me, who was a 30-year-old cartoonist who just got off a plane from Mississippi, that the Orient is a place, not a people. I didn’t fight that. I didn’t resist. My whiteness wasn’t threatened. I stopped using that word for people and I was really glad she educated me and I walked away from that experience a little less ignorant. She may have saved my life. I did not continue using the word that way because I felt she was attacking my freedom. I did not feel she was “policing my rhetoric in a free society.” She was right and the best thing for me to do was listen to her wisdom and follow her advice.

Later that night, I met an elderly man in Waikiki, who was of Chinese descent, who really hated Japanese people. But, he never used the word “Oriental.” It was educational.

I’m not a total jerk. People do make mistakes. Donald Trump could be forgiven if he stopped saying “Pocahontas” as an insult after the first time someone told him it was offensive. But after being told it disparaging, he continued to use it. He continued to use “kung flu” and “China virus.” His people continue to use “Wuhan virus.” The virus is not a place and it’s not an ethnicity. The virus is not people. Perhaps the biggest problem with Trump using those words is that Republicans laughed with each use. Ah, Trump. You are so hilarious. Donald Trump will put people in danger for a cheap laugh…or to overturn an election.

New York Congressional Democrat Grace Meng told Chip Roy, “Your president and your party and your colleagues can talk about issues with any other country you want, but you don’t have to do it by putting a bullseye on the back of Asian Americans across this country, on our grandparents, on our kids.”

You’re free to criticize China. And just like criticizing the Israeli government isn’t anti-Semitic or against Jewish people, you can criticize the policies of China without attacking Asians. You can confront serious issues without putting a bullseye on people’s backs.

But maybe it’ll never work with Republicans because they’re so racist, they don’t know they’re racist. For example: Did you hear about the Republican asshole who used a lynching analogy at an anti-racism hearing?

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Bad Day


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If it’s any consolation, I did stare at this cartoon for nearly a day before I decided to go with it.

Whether you criticize police or support them, you should remain consistent. You shouldn’t be tribal to the point that all cops are good until they’re attacked by white nationalist MAGA terrorists sent by Donald Trump to overturn an election.

I stand with the police who protected the U.S. Capitol while also keeping in mind, some of those cops are under investigation for cooperating with the terrorists. One cop even took a selfie with the terrorists. That’s NOT a good look. Even the cop who walked into the Senate chamber filled with MAGA terrorists asked them politely not to be there.

Another look that’s not good is sympathizing with a killer over his victims.

Usually, when you think of a “bad day,” you think of a bad hair day, or a day when you are overwhelmed by life, or when you get a speeding ticket. Maybe when you think of “bad day,” you think of the so-so song by the rock band Fuel or the even better song titled “Bad Days” by The Flaming Lips. The one thing that doesn’t come to mind when I think of “bad day” is a guy who just killed eight people in a shooting spree.

The killer went to three different Atlanta-area Asian massage parlors to kills Asians, supposedly over some sexual fetish of his he was trying to eliminate. Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriffs Office said the 21-year-old white male “was pretty much fed up and kind of at the end of his rope. Yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did.” Later, it was discovered that this captain had Facebook posts promoting shirts with the racist statements calling the coronavirus, “IMPORTED VIRUS FROM CHY-NA.”

California Congressman Ted Lieu tweeted, “All of us have experienced bad days, but we don’t go to three Asian businesses and shoot up Asian employees.”

The problem people like me have with America’s police isn’t with a few bad apples like Captain Jay Baker. Our problem is with the system or racism within America’s police. It’s a system that tolerates these “bad apples.” In Georgia, the Cherokee County Sheriffs Office hasn’t even acknowledged Captain Baker is a racist. Maybe they should visit his Facebook page.

When Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black child playing with a plastic toy gun in Cleveland, Ohio was killed by police, cop defenders called him a “thug.”

After 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman for walking while black and wearing a hoodie, white conservatives tried to describe Martin as a thug in training and were livid that a photo of the victim, taken three days before his death, made him look too young, innocent, and sweet. They circulated photos of a 32-year-old rapper they found menacing enough, and labeled that as Trayvon.

When black American George Floyd was arrested for supposedly trying to cash a counterfeit check, cops killed him by kneeling on his neck.

Believing he had a knife, cops in Kenosha paralyzed black American Jacob Blake by shooting him four times, out of seven shots, in the back, after tasering him.

After cops arrested white kid Dylan Roof, who was 17 at the time, the same age as Trayvon Martin, for murdering nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, they brought him a Whopper from Burger King.

And to a Georgia cop, a white guy shooting up multiple massage parlors and killing eight people, most of them women, and six of them Asian, is having a “bad day.” Did the cop think about the kind of day the victims had? Did the police captain want to bring the killer a Whopper? Maybe Senator Ron Johnson can bring all the white terrorists Whoppers.

The killer is racist against Asian-Americans and so is the cop who said the shooter was suffering from a “bad day.” The problem here is, his racism was public before his own bad day, and his police department didn’t do anything about it.

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Hate Crime Trump


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In March, 2020, White House goon Kellyanne Conway was asked about White House staffers using the term “kung flu” to describe the coronavirus. Kellyanne reacted harshly.

Kellyanne responded to the reporters’ questions by saying, “Of course it’s wrong. That’s highly offensive, so you should tell us all who it is.” Reporters did not have to tell her who it was because that person revealed himself.

After Donald Trump started publicly using the term “kung flu,” Kellyanne said, “My reaction is that the president has made very clear he wants everybody to understand, and I think many Americans do understand, that the virus originated in China.” What happened to “highly offensive?” And yes, we understand perfectly well whom he was blaming.

When it was pointed out there is no place called “Kung Flu,” Kellyanne shot back “Excuse me, how do you know the way people, how do you know that people aren’t anticipating that or not connecting that? You don’t know that. While the president is saying it, he’s also saying this virus came from China. China is responsible.” Was she saying people will “anticipate” or “connect” that to China because they’re racist?

And then, lovely Kellyanne went from calling the racist term “highly offensive,” to saying it was OK when Trump added other racist terms to the list. She said, “He said it’s called many different things, it’s called the Wuhan virus, the Chinese virus, and then he used another term.”

Donald Trump is a fear-monger. The one thing better than accepting responsibility or doing a difficult task is to cast blame. For Donald Trump, it’s better casting blame in a racist manner. Was it racist to use “kung flu,” “Wuhan virus,” or “China virus”? Yes.

Racists for Trump will argue those terms are not racist since the virus came from China. But those are not the names for the virus. “Coronavirus” and “Covid-19” are the accepted names for the virus. Those are the names that doctors and scientists use. Though Kellyanne believed this coronavirus was the 19th version, not realizing it was named for the year it originated.

Since Donald Trump failed at containing and combating the virus, spread fears and lies over, and even admitted to downplaying it while hundreds of thousands died, it’s perfectly acceptable to call the coronavirus the “Trump Virus.”

After Trump occupied the White House in 2017, hate crimes increased in this nation. The Washington Post reported that in 2016, counties where Trump held his 275 hate rallies saw an increase in hate crimes by 226%.

Donald Trump was the racists’ president. HIs first campaign promise was to build a racist wall on the border with Mexico, whom he accused of sending us “rapists and murderers.” He was endorsed by the likes of Grand Wizard David Duke and Nazi Richard Spencer. While most newspapers refused to endorse Trump, he did score an endorsement from The Daily Stormer, the official newspaper of Nazis. Klansmen wanted to throw parades for him. People in Trump hotel ballrooms were sieg heiling. His campaign was managed by racist and Breitbart goon Steve Bannon (who he later pardoned). He added Bannon to his staff as well as racist Stephen Miller, whom he allowed to write racist immigration policies. He defended tiki-torch Nazis in Charlottesville, even after they murdered a civil rights activist. He said “Send them back” about American congresswomen who are non-white. He gave shout-outs to the racist group Proud Boys. He retweeted Nazis. He pardoned racists Roger Stone, Joe Arpaio, and Dinesh D’Souza. He spread the racist lie that the 2020 election was stolen because of voter fraud by non-white voters. He coordinated and instigated a racist insurrection against the United States Congress in a bloody coup attempt. And the bad thing here is, I know I left some of Trump’s racist shit out of this list.

Stop AAPI Hate is a coalition that tracks incidents of violence and harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S and they claim hate crimes have risen since the coronavirus landed in the United States. The group claims there have been nearly 3,800 instances of discrimination against Asians in the past year.

The rampage at three spas in the Atlanta area that left eight dead may not be connected to racism generated from the coronavirus. The only motive that’s been suggested so far is the shooter was motivated to eliminate the temptation of his sexual addiction…or something like that. What is known is the man was targeting Asians at massage parlors and he was attempting to take his rampage further south to Florida, where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft prefers to get his Asian massages…along with a “rub and tug.” Don’t Google that.

Six of the eight victims were female Asians. The shooter was a white guy. Police don’t know if they can classify this as a hate crime, but the guy targeted multiple establishments of Asians. The white killer was going after Asians.

We may not be able to blame Donald Trump for this man’s “temptation” to kill Asians. But we can blame Donald Trump for the rise in all hate crimes, especially for those against Asians.

Donald Trump spent months blaming China for the coronavirus. He didn’t just give the OK to his racist supporters to blame China, he used racist terms which validated their hate. Their excuse is that it can’t be racist if the president (sic) said it, even if that president (sic) is a racist. His supporters didn’t blame Xi Jinping or the Chinese Communist Party for the virus. They blamed Asian Americans. They didn’t single out Chinese Americans…they went after Asian Americans.

The real irony here is these people who downplayed the virus, claimed it was no worse than the flu, refused to wear face masks, protested at state capitol buildings over shutdowns and mandates, are now refusing to be vaccinated, while physically attacking Asian Americans for “bringing” the virus.

If anything, maybe Asians should be beating us up for what we’ve done to their food. Did you know most of what you’re ordering at Chinese restaurants aren’t actually Chinese dishes? But yet, no attacks on Panda Express which is to Chinese food what Taco Bell is to Mexican.

One reason joining the Trump cult is so popular with stupid people is that you don’t have to be intelligent, have the ability to comprehend, or use logic to become a member.

It’s not just President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party who have to rebuild this nation after the Trump disaster. It’s all of us. It’s not enough to just not be racist. We need to be anti-racist. We still need to resist.

We won the White House and we control both chambers of Congress. What is there to resist? Racism. We need to resist the racism that inserted Donald Trump into the presidency. We need to resist the racism that dominates state legislatures that are trying to enact voter discrimination laws against minorities. We need to resist the racism that dominates the Republican Party.

For four years, Donald Trump instigated and enabled racists in this nation. It culminated in an attack on the United States Capitol by racist terrorists. That alone is proof that his use of racist terms to describe the coronavirus inspires racists to attack Asian Americans.

I believe we are still a racist country. We need to resist racist America. And how much do you wanna bet Kellyanne loves her some Panda Express?

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