Even though his arguments were weak and his examples were anecdotal, Eng touched a significant readership inside the Asian community with his diatribe against the Black community
Why I Don’t Hate Asians
“That was just some punk trying to make a name for himself.”
“It’s a magazine just trying to sell subscriptions.”
These were just some of the comments my black friends made about Kenneth Eng’s “Why I Hate Blacks” article that appeared in San Francisco’s Asian Week Magazine last month. But these responses seemed too shallow for me. I felt that Eng’s article deserved a little more consideration. Even though his arguments were weak and his examples were anecdotal, Eng touched a significant readership inside the Asian community … else why would Asian Week print Eng’s article in the first place? So while I believe the hailstorm of criticism Eng received for his article was deserved, I decided that a more thoughtful response was needed.
In California, some outstanding issues still divide the Black and Asian communities. In 1992 during the Los Angeles riot, blacks targeted Korean-owned businesses because of their alleged discriminatory business practices. During the so-called Rodney King riot, a 49-year- Korean woman, Soon Ja Du, shot Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old Black girl, dead. Less dramatically, tensions between the Black and Asian communities express themselves in the admittance and hiring policies at California’s major university. The University of California at Berkeley routinely admits more Asian students than black. Asians have a far greater share of faculty and administrative positions. An Asian, Chang-lin Tien, even served as the university’s chancellor. At the Oakland Unified School District, an Asian board member … the board’s technology expert … helped the white superintendent evade state purchasing laws to buy inferior classroom computers and to sole source technology contracts worth millions to private corporations. This and other corrupt practices forced the Oakland Unified School District into receivership prompting the State of California to take charge of Oakland’s schools.
But none of these issues account for the Eng article.
Probing deeper into the issue, I browsed the Asian Weekly website. The first thing to appear was a full-color banner headline. It advertised career opportunities with the Central Intelligence Agency.
“Ah hah!” I thought. “This could be a clue.” You see I have read quite a lot of Sherlock Holmes. So, like Watson, I know clues when I see them.
In this case, the CIA advertisement led me to understand that Eng’s article had something to do with the ‘war on terror’. After all, the ‘war on terror’ is the CIA’s war. And after four years of poppa Bush, eight years of Billy the Kid and eight years of baby Bush, the ‘intelligence’ community has assumed complete control over US foreign policy. And as everyone knows, these former presidents have put Yalies … specifically Yale’s Skull and Bones Society … in control of the U.S. government’s intelligence community. As a result, U.S. foreign policy is virtually written inside the tomb of Yale’s Skull and Bones society. The CIA advertisement peering over the Asian Weekly website seemed a metaphor for ‘big brother’ observing its prodigy at play. From here, I figured out how Eng’s immature scribblings could find their way into the media mainstream.
The CIA’s ‘war on terror’ is going badly. So the U.S. intelligence community is terrified that their plans to encircle China, to maintain Formosa as a clandestine intelligence outpost, to subdue the Filipino revolt and to prevent the unification of Korea might become part of the upcoming presidential debate … especially if one of the presidential candidates is not white and has ties to the Asian community … which is exactly how the U.S. intelligence community views Barack Obama.
The right wing proponents of the ‘war on terror’ have tagged Barack Obama, the first term senator from Illinois as the ‘anti-Christ’. This designation is not accidental since the entire ‘war on terror’ is now being justified … in the absence of weapons of mass destruction … as a religious war. The right wing now declares that Christ’s chosen people have been called upon to wage a crusade against the other races and religions of the world. The ‘war on terror’ is justified by the fact that other races and religions seek to deprive Christ’s chosen people of their rightful control over the world’s resources. Furthermore, these other races and religions have openly challenged the will and power of Christ’s chosen people. Therefore Christ’s chosen people are called upon to punish these inferior races and religions who have chosen to oppose Christ’s will. Baby Bush has even created a faith-based federal funding program to bribe negro preachers to support this worldwide crusade for white supremacy. In East Oakland, California, a recipient of these funds, a well-known and political negro preacher, brought the right wing governor of California, Arnold Swartznegger, to his church and asked his congregation to support the governor’s re-election. But now the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama with his deep Asian roots … Obama was born in Hawaii ... terrifies the CIA and its clients.
I conclude, therefore, that Kenneth Eng’s article is just the beginning of right wing attacks aimed at destroying Barack Obama’s credibility. In this case, they want to destroy his credibility with the Asian community. Obama is not a member of Christ’s chosen and does not support the worldwide Christian crusade for the imposition of white supremacy throughout the world. However at this juncture in history, neither I nor any other black person can afford to fall for this propaganda ploy and begin to hate Asians. Neither can Asians become so misguided as to hate black people.
Dr. Stovall received his Ph.D. in Political Theory from the University of
California, Berkeley. He is the author of
the novel, Frank Yerby: A Victim’s Guilt.
His second novel, Blood And Brotherhood: A Novel of Love in a Time of Hate was released in September.