WASHINGTON POST: It's Racist To Point Out The Elderly Asian Shooters Aren't White
01/25/2023
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The Washington Post shows how to go when you’ve got the anti-white template already set up in Microsoft Word but the facts don’t quite line up: well, just plow ahead anyway:

After California massacres, Asian Americans shoulder the grief

By Danielle Paquette, Silvia Foster-Frau and Meena Venkataramanan,
Updated January 24, 2023 at 8:42 p.m. EST|Published January 24, 2023 at 7:31 p.m. EST

… America’s gun violence, coupled with a rise in anti-Asian hate, had motivated Nguyen, vice president of a Vietnamese American association in Raleigh, N.C., to beef up defense measures for the stadium event on Jan. 15. Still, he said, navigating the threat hadn’t prepared him for the pain of another Asian heritage celebration ending in bloodshed.

…For Asian Americans across the United States, the holiday season was supposed to be about getting together, nurturing bonds, dancing and splurging on festive treats. The merriment ended Saturday night when a gunman entered a beloved ballroom at the heart of the country’s first suburban Chinatown and shot 20 people, killing 11. The nation was still absorbing the horror of the Monterey Park, Calif., massacre when, about 380 miles upstate, another assailant ambushed two mushroom farms in the Half Moon Bay area on Monday, gunning down seven workers, some of Asian descent.

More mass killings, more collective grief—and this time, Asian Americans and immigrants are shouldering the bulk of the agony. …

Guards had just been lowering. On top of enduring two years of the coronavirus—falling ill and mourning deaths and pausing life just like everyone else—Asian Americans have been the target of a torrent of prejudicial violence. Hate crimes have surged since 2020, according to one recent study, fueled in part by misplaced blame for a virus first reported in China. The number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who reported an attack in San Francisco skyrocketed 567 percent from 2021 to last year. This week, someone called a Los Angeles-area hospital where shooting victims were receiving treatment and threatened to “finish the job.”

“We have felt like we’ve had a bull’s eye on our back this entire pandemic,” said Connie Chung Joe, chief executive of Asians Advancing Justice in Southern California. The thousands of people who’d gathered over the weekend in Monterey Park to usher in the Year of the Rabbit—those who’d planned to twirl the night away at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio before the bullets started flying—had represented a jubilant return to normalcy.

… The city has set up a bilingual support center for survivors tailored to multiple cultures, but Wong worried that some immigrants, particularly older ones, frown upon seeking mental health care, which some view as taboo. The victims had all been in their 50s, 60s and 70s. Those who witnessed the carnage, those who lost a loved one, would require special care.

“We have a long road ahead,” Wong said.

And in the 14th paragraph:

Police haven’t established a motive for the 72-year-old gunman who stormed the ballroom. Huu Can Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant who had danced at Star Ballroom Dance Studio, was found dead the next morning with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities said the Half Moon Bay attacker, identified as 66-year-old Zhao Chunli, had committed “workplace violence.”

Huh… But the WaPo isn’t stumped for long:

Arah Kang, a 27-year-old program manager in Atlanta, said the ghastly news transported her back to when a White man went on a shooting rampage at spas and massage parlors in her city two years ago, killing eight people — six of whom were women of Asian descent.

I counted that the Washington Post ran at least 199 articles on that shooting because it, sort of, fit the Template.

For two months after, Kang, a Korean American, carried a stun gun in her purse. She’d lately felt safer.

“All just for us to be sobered by harsh reality again,” she said.

The comments on social media this week angered her. People noted that the California attackers were Asian—“as if it negates or dismisses our grief simply because it is our own people,” she said—but one silver lining stood out: People from different backgrounds were coming together. …

Plans to increase police presence at Lunar New Year events has stirred tensions on the Yale University campus.

Tony Ruan, a 19-year-old sophomore and moderator for the Asian American Students Alliance, said the group postponed its celebrations. The Yale-China Association’s annual Lunarfest, however, will still bring a traditional lion dance troupe back to New Haven this weekend for the first time since 2020. When the city’s mayor announced a heightened officer presence, Ruan and his peers pushed back.

“Increased policing in the long term has not been a successful solution for stopping violence in either our community or other communities of color,” he said.

Christine Chen, executive director of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote, a nonprofit organization focused on boosting civic engagement in minority communities, said she expected to see intensified debates about how to stop the violence.

“I think we’re going to be talking more about gun control,” she said.

Asian Americans, according to her group’s surveys, overwhelmingly support tighter regulations. Though Asians are less likely to own a firearm, some first-time buyers told researchers during the pandemic that worries about racism had inspired their purchase.

Look, the Washington Post has no doubt who the Real Bad Guys are, so just because the mass shooters turned out to be elderly Asians doesn’t mean we aren’t going to blame our Designated Villains just like we always do.

[Comment at Unz.com]

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