The City by the Bay has its kumbaya in a bunch in its latest controversy about race. Local leftists are shocked that the newspaper AsianWeek printed a column titled "Why I Hate Blacks," an ugly and hateful screed by the paper's long-time columnist Kenneth Eng. Earnest condemnations from political figures have ensued along with public expressions of dismay. (Scroll down here to find the original piece, now mysteriously disappeared from AsianWeek.)
Make no mistake, blacks have every reason to be irate. The column is an unhinged rant by a person with race issues and no attempt to disguise his Asian supremacist views. Here are few quotes from the San Francisco Chronicle, 2/27/07:
— "Blacks hate us. Every Asian who has ever come across them knows that they take almost every opportunity to hurl racist remarks at us."
— "Contrary to media depictions, I would argue that blacks are weak-willed. They are the only race that has been enslaved for 300 years."
— "Blacks are easy to coerce. This is proven by the fact that so many of them, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, tend to be Christians."
AsianWeek is a typical low-rent ethnopub that claims to support multiculturalism but really is a relentless cheerleader for the Asian tribe. It is owned by the Fang family, who have a poor record on credibility in general. Naturally AsianWeek has the right to print racist rants, but its pretensions toward community relevance would seem to dictate other standards.
But the larger picture is how the prevalent social ideology of our time (multiculturalism) has failed to create the promised paradise of diversity. Like many previous ideologies, it has not taken human nature into account.
Behind closed doors, many immigrants will say that their ethnicity is superior to the American people as a whole or to other groups. In small amounts, this feeling is a normal expression of the tribal nature of the human psychology, but the irrational extremes of this belief certainly constitute racism.
We shouldn't be surprised that this attitude is prevalent. Ethnic studies are promoted on the best college campuses and students are encouraged to associate with their racial or cultural group. American history and tradition — even the idea of assimilation — are denigrated by the university elites, who wring their hands over supposedly insufficient diversity rather than emphasizing American values of fairness and achievement.
Conflict among races and ethnicities is to be expected when Washington promotes extreme levels of immigration without society stressing identification with the majority culture and a proper civic education for the kiddies.