Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Controversy at SF Asian newspaper

A San Francisco weekly newspaper aimed at the Asian-American community there has come under fire for publishing a column by a self-proclaimed "Asian Supremicist" titled "Why I Hate Blacks".

Other AsianWeek columns of Eng's -- including "Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us" and "Why I Hate Asians" -- have resulted in criticism. In the first, he complained about the scarcity of Asian heroes in the media. In the second, he described Asian Americans as apathetic, brown-nosing and lacking in cultural pride.

The newspaper has withdrawn the online version of the column and apologized for any misunderstanding; individuals in the community have called for a town-hall meeting to clear the air over racial issues.

It's interesting to me that there seems to be a resurgence of hate-speech and ultra-conservative poltics among some young people (the writer of the column is in his early 20's); in previous months there have been reports on conservative churches led by young people in the Northwest and rumblings among Young Republicans on college campuses. It's probably a reaction to the more tolerant attitudes among their peers.

article at the SF Gate

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