Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Blaming Whitey

Vincent Chin was killed 30 years ago. No similar case since. He was murdered by two angry UAW union members because they thought he was Japanese. Did I mention 30 years ago? Well, the racist dim bulbs at the San Francisco Chronicle don't want you to forget about Chin. Why, because they are using Chin as a tool for their own racist agenda. Blaming whitey.

SF Gate February 7, 2012 by Bruce Reyes-Chow

On the night of June 19, 1982 in Detroit, MI, after a confrontation at a local club where Vincent Chin was having his bachelor’s party, two auto workers, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz, beat Chin with a baseball bat until he slipped into a coma. He died four days later on June 23, 1982. During the investigation and subsequent trial it became clear to many that this was a hate crime, with Chin, who is Chinese, being blamed for the job losses in the United States and the rise of the Japanese auto industry. The light sentences and drawn-out judicial process galvanized the Asian American community and brought into view the violence, intimidation and racism that many Asian Americans had been experiencing for generations.

One of the lessons of this incident was the real impact and the insidious nature of racial, cultural and ethnic stereotypes about Asian Americans. The stereotype that we “all look alike” is not born from the wild imagination of a community, but from years of being asked some derivation of, “Where are you from?” “What are you?” or “What’s your nationality?” This constantly reinforced assumption about Asian Americans only reinforces the idea that, no matter how long we have been here, no matter what we have done, or no matter what we have declared, Asian Americans are not fully American.

Just don't ask Wen Ho Lee, Ch'ien Hsüeh-sên, or Katrina Leung about their loyalties. But there is nothing like that concerning Chin. He had the misfortune to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Sort of like some other Chinese Americans as we shall see.

But the real crime is that racists like Reyes-Chow, who is a descendant of the Chinese elite of the Philippines, is trying to blame whites for racism directed against Asians and could only find a 30 year old incident for which to indict white people.

Of more interest is that he studiously ignores the ongoing race war directed against Asians by blacks in the San Francisco Bay Area and nation wide. He also studiously ignores the issue behind the advertisement he criticizes. No complaints of Chinese merchantilism. No concerns about the displacement of American industrial workers by virtual slave labor in Red China. Perhaps because he is Chinese... Or, like Hugh Hewitt, he has lots of Apple stock.


Reyes-Chow said...

I think it is safe to say that I disagree with your assessment of my intentions and conclusions. There are also some factual mistakes about me. That said, I am glad it has inspired you to respond, the more conversation out there the better.

Anonymous said...

Jesus loves you.

Federale said...

You aren't of Filippino Chinese descent?

Reyes-Chow said...

I am 1/2 Chinese from China and 1/2 Filipino from the Philippines, but not from the Chinese Elite in the Philippines. Alas, poor immigrants on both sides.

Federale said...

But you did pretty well for yourself in this country you think is racist for being an impoverished immigrant's son. Just like Reverend Jesse Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton. Mau-mauing whitey. Nice work if you can get it. But then most Chinese immigrants and their descendants do well here.

And the hyphenated last name? Your objection to the standard male oriented (lol) last name system? Or just imitating the English upper crust?

Reyes-Chow said...

While bantering back and forth might be "fun" for some not sure this is a good use of either of our time. Until we "meet" again . . .

Federale said...

Abientot mon cher ami.

nadir said...

I really like your blog. I Love the way you took the suit from the Matrix as your ID along with the great quote and title.
nice to see some humour about a topic that is endlessly depressing
I know I have a ducks head , but do you really live in Jamaica?
Myself, I live in Detroit.