First read this utterly unoriginal politically correct paragraph from Aaron Mak, “a writer in New Haven, Connecticut, and a former Politico intern”:
One factor in some [Asian-American] activist groups’ hesitancy to stand with BLM seems to be the fear that bringing race into any debate can turn society into a zero-sum game—one that Asian-Americans often lose. Asian-Americans are labeled, controversially, as the “model minority”—referring to the notion that many of us have achieved success in the United States through sheer hard work and determination. But we still must fight against discrimination in politics, workplaces and the media. When it comes to some key minority-rights issues like affirmative action, Asian and black communities can often sit on opposite sides of the fence. Some Asian-Americans believe a college admissions policy that lets more black students into the University of California system, for instance, ends up taking spots away from Asian families (though many Asian-American groups see this as a myth and support race-based admission factors). Despite the relative high education rates and wealth of Asian-Americans, certain ethnic subgroups still strain under the weight of socioeconomic burdens, just as many African-Americans do. Affirmative action strikes some Asian-Americans, therefore, as unfair.
To paraphrase: “Sure Americans of Asian heritage do better even than whites, as a group, but if you divide us up enough, you’ll find that some us are oppressed, so if you then put us all back together again as a racial group, all of us can take credit for that, especially because some of us have faced [gasp!] adversity on the way to success.” This is the mirror image attitude to the one expressed by Mak’s fellow American of Asian descent, Helen Raleigh, whom I recently spotted applauding Asians’ healthy cultural attitudes, which helped them overcome discrimination.
But note something about Mak’s perspective: Asian Americans are allowed to have “sub-groups,” but apparently European Americans (that is, “whites”) are not. Minorities can plumb their communities for any sign of discrimination or differences in sub-group outcomes and raise that up as justification for a race- or ethnicity-wide grievance, but whites cannot. The reason, one suspects, is that when once one opens the door for seeing that even the people of the majority skin hue are not some racially defined monolith, the whole racialist game is exposed as what it is: a simplistic and cynical attempt to divide Americans from each other.
Now back up a few paragraphs to Mak’s opening anecdote, in which a group of rioting Milwaukee thugs spare his life or a trip to the emergency room because he isn’t white:
After trying unsuccessfully to defuse the situation, my [white] colleague was flying down the street with a group of men chasing him. Wanting to help, but not knowing how, I decided to run after them. In order to run faster, my colleague dropped the two bulky cameras hanging around his neck. When I tried to retrieve them, and yelled at him to get out of the area, some in the group of rioters started chasing after me too. As a former back-of-the-pack runner in middle school gym class, I wasn’t surprised when they caught me. When they threw me to the ground, I reflexively curled up into a ball. Blows landed on my back, head and torso.
“Stop! He’s not white! He’s Asian!”
I wasn’t sure who said it, or how they knew my race, but within seconds, the punches stopped. Someone grabbed me by the arm and lifted me up. As my vision came back into focus, I saw a group of concerned black faces and heard someone repeating, “Don’t f*** with Chinese dudes.” My attackers had run off. Those who had intervened escorted me to safety.
In the interest of shared humanity, let’s stipulate that Mak’s saviors may have used his race merely as the most expedient leverage to stop the attack and would have looked for some other pretense to save his co-intern. Even then, we can’t ignore that it worked and that they thought that it might, but the more important point is that Mak doesn’t even glance down the path to considering the implications. Maybe he thinks it would have been, in some sense, understandable for the mob to beat a white kid to death because a black cop shot an armed black suspect, or (more likely) maybe he’s just avoiding the cognitive dissonance.
Mak is comfortable making unspecific reference to Asians’ facing vague, non-attributed discrimination “in politics, workplaces and the media,” but seems not to notice that his fellow white journalism intern faced greater obstacles in performing his job on the streets of Milwaukee.
We’re on dangerous ground, here. Progressives in education, politics, and the media have thoroughly cultivated this seed of hatred in the hearts of an entire generation. When Mak describes his feelings while telling his “conservative” grandparents about the attack, he slips back into another variation of the sub-group/whole-group thinking:
What I was really afraid of, though, was that the incident would stoke their distrust of Black Lives Matter. While I don’t condone the attacks on my Journal Sentinel colleague and me, I don’t think our experience represents the movement overall. I wanted to move on to talk about the many African-Americans who stopped my attackers, who got me to safety and who may very well have saved me from more serious injuries.
I fear that the indoctrination of a generation will set the cause of harmony and mutual respect back in our country — our civilization — because groups chosen superficially on the grounds of appearance (but really out of political convenience) can only be characterized by their best representatives, while the “majority” must be characterized by their worst. No matter the relative proportions, an army of white abolitionists and civil rights activists cannot overcome the stain of “institutional racism,” while a handful of individuals who can’t stand to watch a young man beaten provide absolution for the racist and destructive Black Lives Matters movement.
None of it makes any sense, but sense is chased from the public square like a white photographer from the streets of Milwaukee because the purpose is to turn Americans away from the culture that Raleigh describes. The objective of the whole sordid ideology is to enslave us. Perhaps people of Mak’s generation find comfort in the fact that, this time, maybe our enslavement will cross racial lines.