Yasna wrote:By "racist at heart" I mean Hamner was strongly predisposed to racist attitudes. He was likely to become a racist regardless of what society he grew up in.
Ah, so it's a just-so-story.
Yasna wrote:This is another weasly phrase. "Letting racism define your life" = "Pointing out that racism exists and causes actual harm".
That's not what that means and you know it.
I'm only telling you how I've seen it used, and that's always to silence people who point out racism.
Yasna wrote:Yasna wrote:But all these millions of people are either allied with white supremacy or otherwise ill-intentioned, so what's the point of getting to know them and taking them seriously, right?
Some of them doubtless are. Most are just trying to keep their heads down so they don't become one of its targets.
Your idea of what it's like to be a racial minority in this country is stuck in about 1960.
In a lot of ways, when it comes to race, this country is still stuck in the 60s. Household wealth, for instance.
The black-white economic divide is as wide as it was in 1968
Yasna wrote:The purpose of most white stereotypes of Asians (such as that they are "good at math") is to support the model minority myth, which functions as a wedge between Asians and Blacks in order to preserve white dominance. The resentment this creates between members of the two groups manifests in many ways, and one of them is the kind of open bigotry displayed by Hamner. No need for a mystical appeal to some essentialised spark of racism in his "heart"; this is the system working exactly as it was designed to do.
The math stereotype formed precisely because East Asians perform, on average, better in math than most other population groups in the US. It exists independently of whatever purposes some people have found for it. The interracial dynamics of 2021 were not "designed", they evolved.
"Evolved" is another weaselly expression which makes it sound like this is some atelic natural process. It's not.
There probably hundreds of ways in which "East Asians" differ "on average" from other population groups, but only a few of them get incorporated into the prevailing stereotype. Why? What purposes does focusing on these selected traits serve? What narratives do they reinforce? And who benefits ultimately?
Yasna wrote:linguoboy wrote:Why The Recent Violence Against Asian Americans May Solidify Their Support Of Democrats
tl;dr: The more Asian-Americans see themselves as targets of discrimination, the more likely they are to support the Democratic Party--and nearly 60% reported a rise in anti-Asian attitudes since the start of the pandemic in the USA.
If the Democratic Party would stop demonizing the police (you know, the people who are trying to keep the public safe), maybe.
By "demonizing" I guess you mean "pointing out the harm they do and their unwillingness to stop doing it"?
This past weekend, one of my neighbours told us how her father used to always say that the only difference between police and criminals is that police don't get put in jail. They'll both kill you, they'll both take your stuff, they'll both harass you for no reason. Sound like some big-city BLM liberal Democratic bullshit to you? Oops except her parents are poor white folks from Trump country.
A Gallup poll from last summer found that only 6% of USAmericans though that policing didn't need to be changed. The big party difference is in the split between those who think that "minor changes" will suffix and those who think the changes will need to be "major". For Democrats, that split is 89/10; for Republicans, 72/14; and for Independents, 36/60.
(Oh, and as for Democratic "demonisation" of police alienating Asian Americans, the poll found that 82% of them agree that "major changes" to policing are necessary, which is second only to the percentage of Black Americans, which is 88%.)
I'll leave you with a few more words of "demonisation". Can you guess which idiot Democrat said this?
I, like many other Black Americans, have found myself choking on my own fears and disbelief when faced with the realities of an encounter with law enforcement. At the age of 21, I was pulled over for simply having an improper headlight, and yet the officer felt the need to place his hand on his weapon and call me “boy.” Even today, while I have the privilege of serving as a United States senator, I am not immune to being stopped while driving at home in South Carolina or even while walking onto the grounds of the Capitol. Each time, I hold my breath and each time, I have been able to exhale and go about my business. Thank God!