White supremacy is the source of all racial violence in the United States.
As the fear of anti-Asian violence grows, police are trying to stand out more to stop the attack. AP Photo / Kathy Willens In the disturbing increase in attacks on Asian Americans since March 2020, there is a nasty category of these attacks. Blacks are also attacking Asian Americans. Whites are the main perpetrators of anti-Asia racism. However, in February 2021, a black man pushed an old Asian man to the ground in San Francisco. The man later died of his injury. In another video, from the city of New York on March 29, 2021, a black man pushed and beat an Asian-American woman on the sidewalk in front of a doorway while a spectator was observing an attack to intervene or assist. I closed the woman’s door without offering. As the current president of the Asian-American Studies Association and as a professor of ethnology and critical racial studies specializing in Asian-American culture, I tackle the anti-Asia racist climate I saw at the beginning of the pandemic. I wanted to. So, in April 2020, my employer, the University of Colorado at Boulder, created a PowerPoint slide deck about anti-Asia racism that was turned into a website. It led to about 50 interviews, workshops, lectures and panel presentations I did on anti-Asian racism, especially during the COVID-19 era. Through all these experiences, I have pointed out that anti-Asian racism has the same source as anti-black racism: white supremacy. Therefore, when blacks attack Asians, the encounter is probably fueled by racism, but very specifically by white supremacy. White supremacy does not require whites to perpetuate it. It’s not just whites White supremacism is an ideology and a pattern of values and beliefs that are rooted in almost every system and institution in the United States Being white is human and invests in inviolable universal rights Being done and not being white means that you are smaller than a human being – a disposable object that can be abused or misused by others. The dehumanization of Asians by American society is driven by white supremacy, not by blacks who may or may not hate Asians. The “Yellow Peril” rhetoric, which accused China of COVID-19 during the pandemic, led to a 150% increase in anti-Asian harassment cases reported to police in 2020. In particular, those who appear to be East Asian Americans or East Asian heritage or descents had other ethnic backgrounds such as Japanese, Taiwanese, Koreans, Burmese, Thais, Filipinos, etc. Even so, it has been the target of misguided anger for those who blame the Chinese and those who think they look Chinese. White supremacy as the source of racism is found in Latin men in Texas who stabbed a Burmese family in March 2020. They are Chinese and claim to have brought the coronavirus to the United States. The suspect may have mental health, but the problem is that his belief that this family poses a threat is driven by the white supremacist idea that the Chinese are blaming COVID-19. It has been. The same rhetoric of blaming and attacking a suspected Chinese person with COVID-19 was in March 2021 when a Vietnamese-American woman was spit on a white man. Four days later, video footage showed a 76-year-old Chinese woman whose face was beaten by a 39-year-old white man on the same day that a white man killed eight, including six Asian women. , In Atlanta. [Get the best of The Conversation, every weekend. Sign up for our weekly newsletter.] The stories of individual harassment and violence against Asian Americans by white perpetrators do not always get the same attention as the viral videos of black attacks on Asians. But at the root of all these cases is white supremacy, just as Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. It threatened black men, not humans. Understanding the depth and scope of this racist ideology can be difficult, but it brings each individual, and the country as a whole, closer to tackling systematic inequality. It’s not blacks that Asian Americans need to be afraid of. It is white supremacist. This article has been republished by The Conversation, a non-profit news site aimed at sharing ideas from academic experts. Written by Jennifer Ho of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Read more: Threats and harassment during pandemics Asian Americans’ biggest target racism lies behind anti-Asian American violence, even if it’s not a hate crime. Jennifer Ho belongs to the Asian-American Studies Association.