Just Another Guy with Opinions

Why I Hate Blacks

Posted by shadmia on March 1, 2007


Racism in America is generally considered to be a White vs Black/Minority (or visa versa) phenomenon, which is why it was so surprising to see an Asian Publication print an article so blatantly racist and targeted at another minority group. The title of the column: “Why I Hate Blacks” and the contents within were penned by Kenneth Eng, a young science fiction writer and self-proclaimed ‘Asian Supremacist.’ He wrote the article in the San Francisco-based AsianWeek which serves the Asian-American population with a circulation of 48,505.

Among other things Kenneth Eng wrote:
‘I would argue that blacks are weak-willed. They are the only race that has been enslaved for 300 years.’
His article was immediately denounced by the leaders of the Asian-American community:
‘Something like this should never have been printed,’ said Vincent Eng, deputy director of the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, who is not related to the columnist. ‘Deliberate action needs to be taken to make sure this type of hate speech doesn’t continue.’

Leaders at the Asian American Justice Center, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans and other groups are circulating a petition denouncing the piece as ‘irresponsible journalism, blatantly racist, replete with stereotypes, and deeply hurtful to African Americans.

The petition calls on AsianWeek to cut ties with Eng, issue an apology, print an editorial refuting the column, and fire or demote the editors who published it.

In response AsianWeek did issue an apology through Ted Fang, the paper’s editor at large.

‘The newspaper is sorry that this got published, and I am personally sorry that this got published,’ Fang told The Associated Press. ‘The views in that opinion piece do not in any way reflect the views of AsianWeek.’ The paper plans to review its policies to ‘understand how this happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again,’ Fang said, calling the decision to publish Eng’s piece a ‘mistake.’


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