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As fears rise over SF-area attacks on elderly Asians by Black assailants, NPR finds the real culprit: White people

RT | February 14, 2021

The Lunar New Year passed in the San Francisco Bay area with fears rising over a series of unprovoked attacks on elderly Asians by black men, but leftists may have found some solace by finding the real perpetrators: white people.

As Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen explained, Asians shouldn’t respond to the horrific attacks with “knee-jerk” calls for more policing but must instead recognize the violence as “part of a pattern of white supremacy.” Even if the assailants are “people of color,” he added, “the solution is not to fall back on racist assumptions of our own but to hold the system of white supremacy responsible for dividing us.”

Despite his literary talents, Nguyen apparently missed the irony in the notion of avoiding “racist assumptions” by blaming people of a certain skin color for the attacks – in this case, people of a different skin color than those involved in the incidents – but he wasn’t alone in identifying whites as the problem.

Manju Kulkarni, executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, told NPR that “xenophobic policies and racist rhetoric” pushed by former president Donald Trump was behind the violence. Oakland City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas told local Fox TV affiliate KTVU that crimes against Asians and “anti-blackness” are both on the rise “because we live in a system rooted in white supremacy.”

The rise in violence forced many businesses in Oakland’s Chinatown area – where there have reportedly been more than 20 attacks against Asians in the past two weeks – to reduce hours during the busy shopping season before Friday’s Lunar New Year. Those cutbacks came on top of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which curtailed celebrations for the holiday.

In addition to robberies and other crimes involving theft, there have been unprovoked, daylight attacks on elderly pedestrians. An 84-year-old immigrant from Thailand was killed in late January in San Francisco when a man came running from across the street and slammed into him, knocking him to the ground. A 19-year-old black man, Antoine Watson, has been arrested in the case and was charged with murder last week.

Another high-profile incident came on January 31 in Oakland, when a man shoved a 91-year-old Chinese man to the pavement from behind. The suspect proceeded to knock down two other Chinese, a 55-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman, on the same day and on the same block. Yahya Muslim, a 28-year-old black man, has been arrested for the attacks. He was already in custody for a separate elder-abuse case when police identified him as the alleged perpetrator of the Oakland attacks.

The effort to transfer guilt for the crimes to white people was met with scorn on social media. Author Ben D’Alessio said he is removing Nguyen’s novels from his reading list. Writer Wesley Yang said Nguyen was essentially “telling poor Asian people that they’re racist for wanting police protection.”

“How sheltered do you have to be for ethnic-studies jargon to be more real to you than the bodies of grandma and grandpa laid out on the street?” Yang asked. He added that such race rhetoric gave cover for the “vicious sadists” who are committing the crimes while denying protection for the vulnerable people who are being targeted.

February 14, 2021 - Posted by | Fake News, Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Progressive Hypocrite |

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  1. This is a conundrum. I DO AGREE with novelist Nguyen that “..(Asians) must … recognize … violence as “part of a pattern of white supremacy.” And I DO AGREE with ED Kulkarni that ‘(crimes) are … on the rise ‘because we live in a system rooted in white supremacy.’” If certain (surely misguided) blacks are indeed venting their long-pent-up rage with being treated as second-class citizens via opportunistic, inexcusable ‘blame the victim” outrages, then I can only suggest that black “elites” — male and female clergypersons, educators at all levels, social workers, parents, principled politicians, sports and film/TV heroes, industrial-management/labor-union/financial-sector reps — roll up their sleeves and reach out with passion to every venue possible to swing the pendulum to equilibrium.

    Note: I am caucasian but am as far from a “white supremacist” as I can imagine….

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    Comment by roberthstiver | February 14, 2021 | Reply

    • It seems that you have not considered that the hostility derives from Democratic party immigration policies much beloved by liberals.

      This factor also explains why Trump got so many votes from Black and Latino voters.

      The harsh impacts of immigration are borne by the lowest classes.

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      Comment by aletho | February 15, 2021 | Reply

      • Hmmmm. But I AM AN IMMIGRANT, twice removed, flowing from my farmer-peasant German grandfather’s sojourn to Ohio circa 1870. He wasn’t (as far as I know) subjected to the vilification et al visited on Italian, Irish and perhaps and probably other immigrants (Spanish–“spics”?), but still.

        In my home environs, Filipino immigrants toil in myriad yards and highway roadsides in the hot sun for minimum recompense and at untold health risk, sacrificing themselves for their next-generation children. To my knowledge, no “native-born” Americans — white, black, in between — are put off by or anxious to take on this essential maintenance, sustaining, and beautification of the ecosphere.

        Why does it make me a (denigrated/sneered at) “liberal” to welcome immigrants to what was once a beacon of hope and betterment of society?

        Why should not this liberal (me/myself/I) take this position?: If my government and the people who populate it had not embarked on colonialism (e.g., the Monroe Doctrine), “manifest destiny,” invasion, arrogance, murder, unbridled megacapitalism, 21st Century economic sanctions et al — and instead LIFTED UP the people of Haiti, the DR, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, Iran, the Philippines…via humanitarian versions of the Marshall Plan so that they might wish to remain in the lands of their births…and advance human civilization in that way, would we be facing waves of helpless/hopeless immigrants? Ergo: since we have effed up so royally, I say “Bring ’em on! Let THE *IMMIGRANTS* UPLIFT America!”

        My favorite Bible passage is within Matt. 11:28-30 — (Jesus’ words) “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Whether one subscribes to the faith and dogma of Christianity or any other religious crutch, those are pretty elegant, and compelling, words that can be directly applied on a human-to-human secular level, no?

        [“The harsh impacts of immigration are borne by the lowest classes.” Sorry, I don’t get that–not now, not next generation….]

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        Comment by roberthstiver | February 15, 2021 | Reply

        • In fact, 1870 was decades after the native population of Ohio was expelled/genocided whereas, in Oakland, Blacks are being expelled as their neighborhoods are priced beyond their reach while they must compete for jobs with the most desperate that the world can send.

          Immigration was no “beacon of hope” for the native Americans either.

          When you say “Bring em on” you offer them the jobs and apartments of Black people not yourself.

          This is an example of how idealism is perverted for the benefit of exploitation, it’s this era’s slave system or perhaps more similar to the coolie system.

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          Comment by aletho | February 15, 2021 | Reply

          • Noted with respect. But you point to decade after decade of ethnic cleansing…wasn’t all that part of today’s “pattern of white supremacy”? We have a societal problem in the US: no cohesion, no compromise, no camaraderie, no vision, “me too” rampant. I’d have to see specific studies and statistics re “(b)lacks…being expelled as their neighborhoods are priced beyond their reach….” Who’s doing the pricing?–city councils, civic-action groups, lending institutions, clergies, activist individuals, businesses…all should join and cooperate toward addressing and resolving neighborhood disruption and problems in housing, jobs creation and distribution, etc.. It’s easy to cast blame but hard to mobilize for creative, sensitive solutions….

            I’m glad I’m not in charge, but if I were I’d start with a 50 percent cut to the ‘defense’/intel/sec industry with proceeds going to infrastructure (jobs for those blacks and many others!), health, education, retraining in this IT world….

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            Comment by roberthstiver | February 15, 2021 | Reply

            • Market forces alone do the expelling. Though, I’m sure that many Black people would note that immigrant communities are very insular and hire from their own affinity groups including by exploiting those with poor English language skills.

              The way to stop the disruption is to stop immigration outside of limited cases. Population transfer through economic compulsion is simply wrong. All peoples do have national rights. Americans included. Whatever their ethic origin, people should not be subjected to dilution.

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              Comment by aletho | February 15, 2021 | Reply

              • Thanks! You’re way above my intellectual/experiential ken. Can’t really argue about “people should not be subject to dilution”…Japan probably a prime example (island nation; “dilution” — I don’t know the extent or percentage — forced by demographics and the onset of a steadily-rapidly aging population and inadequate workforce. I was driving in a taxi in Tokyo at least 20 years ago and I saw all of a sudden shops with Arabic script; I deduced that it was a section populated by Iranian immigrants (their language uses Arabic script); it seemed to be a thriving community, although I had no way of knowing their acceptance/assimilation into the society as a whole. I think Koreans have (reluctantly?–lotta discrimination against Koreans) been admitted to Japan for work, entertainment, other reasons. Thai gals, I think, are the predominant stewardesses on JAL and Nippon Airways….

                Can’t we stop “immigration outside of limited cases” by (as I alluded above) ending the core reason(s) causing immigration, anent to which we have overwhelming, enduring complicity?

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                Comment by roberthstiver | February 15, 2021 | Reply

                • “Can’t we stop “immigration outside of limited cases” by (as I alluded above) ending the core reason(s) causing immigration, anent to which we have overwhelming, enduring complicity?”

                  For sure, if you eliminate economic compulsion you are left with cultural interactions with a positive impact, all others would self select to refrain from relocation.

                  Until this ideal world exists, border control, or what was once called “industrial policy” must be sustained to protect the social rights of workers and prevent displacement.

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                  Comment by aletho | February 15, 2021 | Reply


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