I’m writing this blog post for a number of reasons. First, it behooves me to mention some of the issues that more recent Asian American immigrants and immigrant human rights organizations have been dealing with. If you look at 4:46 of the video above, that’s a news story that has not been passed around by most of the Asian American blogosphere. If you read the typical Asian American blogs, it’s like it never happened. They only want to talk about how Peter Liang shot Akai Gurley.
Second, I wanted to take on Snoopy’s statement that
“a double standard where criminality with Asian American victims is ignored by Asian American activists, in favor of Black crime victims (especially when the police are perpetrators) is not reasonable.”
It (the double standard) is certainly not “reasonable,” but it obviously exists. It obviously exists on Snoopy’s wife’s site, where I’ve never seen a single discussion of Black-on-Asian crime. But truth be told, it also exists here on bigWOWO. I don’t think I’ve ever posted on the topic of Black-on-Asian violence, although I’ve posted on the usual Peter Liang stuff. I wanted to step up to Snoopy’s challenge because it’s clear that we all have to do a better job. I hope Snoopy will do the same. Let’s create the “dialogue” that the Left is always talking about.
Third, we need to have a discussion about culture, past, present, and future. Honest dialogue. Isn’t that what the Far Left is always saying they want?
So let’s first narrow the field on what we’re discussing. We’ve got both Asian and Black commentators on this blog, so let’s begin by saying it has nothing to do with us personally. The Black commentators on this blog are all either middle-class and above, and they’re not the ones attacking Asian people. The Asian people on this blog don’t work in restaurants or live in poor areas (at least not anymore), so they’re not the ones being attacked by Black people (although there is a case currently going on in my area with Black gangs targeting East Indian families, violently tying up these Indian families in their own homes, and stealing their money and jewelry.). But although we’re not talking about the people posting on this blog, there’s a war going on out there. This war has been going on for generations, and it’s the war on Asian immigrants by certain segments of the Black population (the people who Chris Rock says are fighting against Black People).
I don’t think we should wasted time arguing over whether this trend exists. I expect that Snoopy will act reflexively by denying it, and I don’t blame him. But it certainly exists. Chinese immigrants are being attacked, and they’re being targeted. We commenters can change the topic whenever it comes up, but our silence aids and abets these violent, horrific attacks on innocent Chinese immigrants. Hey, you all know that I’ve been against identifying these attacks as part of “Black culture.” I don’t believe there is a single Black culture, nor do I believe that most Black people commit these horrific acts. But I do think that it helps no one to pretend that there isn’t a trend here, and that this trend is resulting in lots of Asian people’s lives being destroyed. The trend exists. The trend is a certain demographic of Black people attacking Asian people. We need to call it what it is.
There’s this case, posted by Aardvark, in which a Black man attacked, choked, and raped a 51-year-old female immigrant from China. The violent rapist said something to her in a Chinese dialect after having his way with her. She was clearly targeted by this damaged Black male, much the same way the damaged Tyrelle Shaw did the same thing.
And there’s this one, where three Black men broke into a Chinese woman’s home. See Oshay’s commentary below:
There’s also this one, where a Black woman destroys property and assaults an Asian storeowner:
Or we have this from just last week, when Black criminals lured, beat, and robbed a 52-year-old Chinese deliveryman.
I personally know immigrants who have gone through this kind of violence. Hell, two Black men once mistook me for an immigrant and tried to do the broken glasses scam on me, which is almost always a Black-on-Asian crime. Asian lives matter but because so few of us speak out about it, there’s no movement to get people to acknowledge Asian lives. Ironically, it’s often the Far Left Liberal Asian American activists who most strongly object to the idea that Asian lives should matter. This is the double standard.
I could go on and on, but there’s no reason to do so. The Black people on bigWOWO are not from those communities, nor are the Asian people, so I think we can afford to remove ourselves personally. What we can’t afford to do is to change the subject whenever the issue comes up. People are literally dying, getting beaten, getting robbed, and getting raped. Black lives DO matter, but so do Asian lives. When you watch these brave immigrants standing up for themselves and their loved ones, one can’t help but to applaud them. Many of them don’t come from democratic countries, and yet they’re already standing up to make their voices heard.
As for the complaints about the YG video (which looks like it has been taken down)…I don’t think that that one video is responsible for these attacks. They’ve been going on for a very long time. It even happened back in the day when my grandfather owned a laundry. He had Black customers whom he loved, but he was also targeted by others. I think it’s good to fight the symbolism by protesting the YG video, but let’s also point out what this Black-on-Asian crime wave is–it’s become part of a culture in certain Black neighborhoods.
What we need is acknowledgment. We need to acknowledge that a trend exists, and that that trend is cultural. Nothing less will suffice. We need to fix the culture. Black people in the inner city need to fix the culture. They need to stop raising their children to violently attack, beat, rob, and rape innocent people. When you’re rapping about targeting Chinese people for robbery and celebrating violence that your community has perpetrated against immigrants in real life, that’s a problem.
You may ask–why make a race issue out of this at all? Why not just say that it happens in poor areas? The answer is that if we’re trying to stop the violence and bleeding, that’s not effective. Truth is that this kind of violence does not happen often in poor White areas like Appalachia, nor does it happen in working-class White neighborhoods in places like Brooklyn and Queens. Certainly violent White people exist, and in my younger years I had the pleasure of tangling with some of them in bars and on the street, but rarely do they specifically target us, except for the Rice Chasers, which we already complain about and which is already very well-documented. Brave souls like Michael Nutter have already touched on cultural pathologies and have in fact discussed it in the context of race. Even Obama has stepped into the waters by talking about black fatherhood. But there has been silence from us on the Black-on-Asian issue. There has been silence on the games and targeting from that demographic, such as the broken eyeglasses scam or the targeted rapes of Asian women or the targeted beatings and robbings of Chinese deliverymen or the targeted looting of Asian-owned convenience stores. We need to call it what it is. Otherwise it’s never going to stop.