One of our readers posted a link to the “Asian of Reason” a few days ago. I’m always interested in Asian American opinions, and I was excited about the existence of a new Asian American blog. However, upon a quick reading of the material, much of the material and rhetoric disturbed me. It seemed like the point of the blog was to make the statement that there is a racial hierarchy and that people are the sum of their genes–which comes from race. Some of the views are outright appalling to me. According to the blog, blacks tend to be loud and unruly, Asian men are somehow less “alpha” than white men, and White people…well, I guess White men sit at the top of the hierarchy since the blogger lists “Steve Sailer” in his blogroll. Woo hoo for White Power.
This blog is upsetting to me for a number of reasons. First, there is the racism (and I think that’s a fair word to use according to the dictionary definition.). ”Asian of Reason” goes to a hotel where there is a party, and he automatically jumps to stereotypical thinking upon seeing black people. He fails to see the people’s individuality:
Then my senses sharpen and I discover that there is a “function” going on in the lobby/hotel bar. And by function, I mean black party. My first glimpse of Baltimore was that of intoxicated blacks dancing around the hotel lobby (they sure do dance good).
Why does he blame the party-goers rather than the hotel management?
There’s racial determinism against Asian people too, conveniently justified by some unspoken law of nature:
I believe Asian females gravitate towards white males because of a combination of genetics and the natural laws of attraction. In a multicultural society, these two groups of individuals will come together, far more often than an Asian male with a white female. This is part of HBD [human biodiversity]. I accept it. Even with copious amounts of game, there is not much a 5-7 beta Asian can do when pitted in a fight for an Asian female with an Alpha Aryan. Hell, there’s not much he can do against a beta Jew (BTW,this is not me, I’m 6-1 and athletic). Additionally, Asian female visual-spatial IQ=white male visual-spatial IQ, another reason why the two groups are so compatible.
Hahaha! Alpha Aryan baby!!!
My second problem is the lack of reasoning on the blogger’s part. Even though he calls himself “The Asian of Reason,” the blogger seems to accept propositions without debate. It’s like a White man says the sky is green and the blogger accepts it without question–it don’t matter if the sky itself opened its mouth and spoke! Check out the paragraph above. “I accept it.“ He accepts that White men are somehow better; he accepts his inferiority. It seems like such a weak position to take for a person who puts time into blogging. To me, if life is worth living, it’s worth understanding and debating. Despite his admiration for the White man, the blogger doesn’t seem to follow the philosophy of the most famous White male philosopher who said that “the unexamined life is not worth living.”
Check out this story:
I believe the key to true friendships and race relations in general, is understanding limitations A few years ago, I tutored a fat black girl in economics and English. At first, I expected a lot out of her. I thought, with enough effort, she could do anything. I was disheartened when I read her papers. She could barely write one coherent paragraph. The pain on her face as I coached her through an essay was unbearable for me. After a few weeks, I realized this wasn’t my fault, she was just in possession of a low-IQ.She knew it, I knew it, we just hadn’t acknowledged it. Once the truth came out, we became good friends. Though our IQs were probably separated by three standard deviations or more, it didn’t stop us from laughing and smiling, chatting about our dreams. Everyone, smart or poor, has dreams, no matter how disparate they may seem, the essence in our aspirations is the same.
Um…could it be that you just need work on your tutoring skills? If you’re basing your views of this poor girl based on her race, you know she comes from the race that produced people who can write, people like Alex Haley, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, James Wright, Martin Luther King, Claude/Shelby Steele, and Malcolm Gladwell. Not that race should have anything to do with it…but where’s the logic? He later goes on to say that he and the girl became good friends once he realized she had a low IQ, but dude, you’re supposed to be her tutor, not her friend.
Third–and this is a big one for me–is the talent issue. As you all know, I’ve posted on Talent many times. It annoys me to no end when someone in a free country acts like a Stepin Fetchit (and no offense to “Asian of Reason,” but that’s what I’m seeing). Obviously this kind of racist rhetoric benefits White racist types who want to maintain the current hierarchy, so why is an Asian guy doing the White racist’s work? Pardon my crassness, but it’s like Hitler gets a free handjob from Hop-Sing. The “Reasoner” knows how to write, and I would think he wouldn’t have made it into Johns Hopkins if he were a total stooge. So why is he doing the White racist’s dirty work? It’s a misuse of talent. He should be tearing up the world with bigger ideas.
I’ll close with a personal story. Years after I learned how to read, I found a copy of a 1971 issue of Mad Magazine. It was a great magazine–they parodied “A Clockwork Orange” which was the latest Stanley Kubrick movie at the time. Anyway, there was a feature called, “You can never win with a racist.” The magazine made fun of how racists justify their racism after the fact. I don’t remember most of the jokes, but there was one piece that showed that back then there was a stereotype that black athletes would choke when the pressure got tough. White men were seen as being better able to work well under pressure, even though black men were thought to be generally more athletic.
These days that stereotype would seem laughable given the amazing performances of multiple black athletes like Michael Jordan, Barry Bonds, Tiger Woods (pre-car crash), and Anderson Silva. It was a stereotype until it was no longer a stereotype. The stereotype had no basis in fact, only in commonly held prejudices by the masses.
This is why it’s imperative that we use logic when trying to understand each other and to create progress. Simply accepting racism is not reasonable or logical. It’s not intellectually defensible.
1. Props to MN for her awesome reply to the “Asian of Reason.” I fell out of my chair laughing when I saw her post! Reposted in part for y’all:
And we certainly don’t change shit by strutting around with vacuum for a head and spouting prehistorical mumbo jumbo about how AMs need to accept that the Alpha Aryans are genetically reenforced with ability to take any AFs they want. (oh, but not him, since, he’s 6′ 1″.)
Puhleeze. Granted, people of lower IQ do flock together and I have to gather that the girls he knows are equally low IQ, therefore easily swayed by the TOWERING presence of Alpha Aryans and… that guy… but, really? “Ooh, I’m putting down all these other guys who are 5′ 7″ because I’m 6′ 1″. Ooh, look at me.”
2. Asian of Reason, you have hereby been served (and I will send an e-mail to make sure you get this.). Maybe I find your ideas repulsive, or maybe I don’t understand your ideas, but we hereby challenge you to a debate on the next bigWOWO podcast. As you said, “the key to true friendships and race relations in general is understanding limitations,” so let’s get them limitations out in the open. Alpha Aryan baby!!! As usual with those with whom we disagree or have disagreed, we will divide the podcast evenly so that both sides get the same amount of time to make their points. We’ll have a neutral host. Joining you from other side will either be me (a 5’8 beta Asian) or King (a 6 foot plus black guy who made the jpeg for this post). It’s your choice who you want to debate. You can bring a White friend to debate both of us if you want; hell, bring Steve Sailor if you have to. HBD says that statistically you and your White friend should have an advantage over either of us–me, a non-athletic beta shorty with weak, dispassionate Asian genes, or King, a black guy who may or may not know how to dance. The advantage is clearly yours. Reasonable ideas ought to be able to stand up to debate.
Hey, maybe we’re all wrong and you’re right. Being a guy who studies at Johns Hopkins, maybe you know something we don’t. In any case, you publicize your ideas on your blog, and I think they’re dangerous if they remain unchallenged. You treat it as scientific fact when it isn’t. You need to stand behind your ideas. Please don’t hide behind the internet. Alpha men who stand 6’1 shouldn’t hide. Let’s get these ideas out in the open and see how they stand.
Asian of Reason, we’re looking forward to meeting you! Don’t be ducking us!