[sixties-l] Fwd: Blacks Against Asians

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Date: 12/13/00

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    >Blacks Against Asians
    >By Brandon Bosworth
    >FrontPageMag.com | December 13, 2000
    >THE FAVORITE THUGS of the Left, the Black Panthers, are once again raising
    >their fists in angry protest. The "New Black Panther Party for
    >Self-Defense," a Washington, D.C. group, is not currently battling the
    >"Establishment" or "Whitey." Instead they are focusing their rage on one
    >of the most en vogue scapegoats of racist blacks: the Korean shopkeeper.
    >The target of the Panthers' anger is Frank Han, the owner of A-1 Grocery
    >in Northeast Washington. On November 22, three black teenage girls cut
    >class and went to A-1, a popular target of young shoplifters, where one of
    >the girls apparently tried to get an ice cream bar. According to Mr. Han,
    >14-year-old Tieera Richardson put a quarter on the cashier's counter and
    >tried to leave, even though the ice cream cost 65 cents. District police
    >officer Lt. Scott Dignan told both the Washington Post and Washington
    >Times that the surveillance video shows Han trying to detain the girl and
    >her striking him in the face. Han struck back, and soon a melee ensued,
    >with the other two girls and several others joining in. "Other people came
    >in and ransacked the store, even took products from the store," Dignan was
    >quoted as saying in the Post.
    >Of course, the truant girls and their Black Panther allies have a slightly
    >different version of what happened. According to them, Han grabbed
    >Richardson as she tried to leave the store and struck first, hitting her
    >in the face. The D.C. police don't seem to be giving much credence to this
    >claim, as they are recommending that the three girls, not Mr. Han, be
    >charged with crimes in the incident.
    >Fact and truth seldom get in the way of righteous indignation, and this
    >incident is no exception. The Panthers are staging a boycott of A-1
    >Grocery, gathering in front of the store in an attempt to dissuade
    >Demonstrators chant "black power" and "death to the bloodsuckers." Some
    >express their intent to close A-1 by "any means necessary." On the morning
    >of November 30, things went one step further. A pipe bomb was thrown at
    >the store's entrance, burning part of the storefront. There were no
    >injuries. In case there was any doubt as to the bomber's intent, a message
    >scrawled on an outside wall read, "Burn them down, Shut them down, Black
    >Black resentment and violence against Asian-Americans, and
    >Korean-Americans in particular, is nothing new. In 1990, blacks boycotted
    >a couple of Korean stores in Brooklyn for a year. One boycotter at the
    >time used a megaphone to scream, "Koreans must go!" A black teen was so
    >inspired by this sentiment, he smashed the skull of a local
    >Vietnamese-American with a hammer, while his buddies shouted, "Koreans go
    >home!" The stores lost thousands of dollars in revenue, staying in
    >business mostly with the help of Korean merchant associations.
    >The L.A. riots witnessed even greater savagery directed at
    >Korean-Americans by blacks. Two thousand Korean stores, three-quarters of
    >all wrecked businesses, were destroyed. Nearly half of the 850 million
    >dollars in damages incurred during the riots was sustained by the Korean
    >community. (Incidentally, many shop owners avoided destruction of their
    >property by defending themselves with now-banned "assault weapons.") Not
    >wanting to be left out of the fun, a gang in the Bronx vandalized a Korean
    >dry cleaner out of solidarity with the California rioters.
    >Anti-Korean sentiment is so ingrained in the black community that there
    >have even been songs expressing it. On his 1991 album "Death Warrant,"
    >critically-acclaimed rapper (and now actor) Ice Cube had a tune called
    >"Black Korea." The song refers to "Oriental one-penny-counting
    >motherf**kers" and their "little chop suey asses." Korean shopkeepers are
    >warned to "pay respect to the black fist" or "we'll burn your store right
    >down to a crisp."
    >This anger also manifests itself in films, such as the Hughes Brothers'
    >well-received 1993 picture Menace II Society. In an early scene, a Korean
    >grocer makes the mistake of muttering an insult at "O-Dog," a young black
    >thug played by Larenz Tate. O-Dog shoots the grocer in the head, then runs
    >to the back of the store to kill the grocer's wife and steal the
    >surveillance video. He watches the video over and over, showing it to his
    >friends, lingering over the shooting scene.
    >Black racism against Asian-Americans doesn't simply manifest itself
    >through boycotts and riots. It can take place in smaller, more personal
    >ways. Chinese immigrant Ying Ma wrote in The American Enterprise magazine
    >of her childhood in predominantly black Oakland, California, where she was
    >frequently called "Ching Chong," "Chinagirl," and "Chow Mein." As she grew
    >into her teens, the racial insults were combined with vulgar sexual taunts.
    >Any attempt to respond would be greeted with physical threats. On the
    >streets, Ma would see, "black teenagers and adults creep up behind
    >80-year-old Asians and frighten them with sing-song nonsense: Yee-ya,
    >Ching-chong, ah-ee, un-yahhh!" Asians would be told "Why the hell don't
    >you just go back to where you came from!"
    >Yet the racism of blacks against Asians remains something not talked about
    >in the political or media mainstream. Why didn't Bill Clinton address the
    >problem when he was promoting his "Race Initiative?" How can prominent
    >figures like Spike Lee still get away with claiming there is no such thing
    >as black racism, despite the evidence to the contrary? Why do journalists
    >overlook the bigotry behind actions such as the boycott of A-1 Grocery,
    >but remain perfectly happy to harp about the policies of Bob Jones
    >University? How can the NAACP virtually blame George W. Bush for the
    >slaying of James Byrd, but still remain silent on the racial violence
    >perpetrated by the very people they claim to represent?
    >A possible answer: Blacks currently enjoy political clout stemming from
    >their image as perpetual victims of bigotry. The anti-Asian racism of some
    >blacks and the violence it breeds shows how victim can become victimizer,
    >thus losing the coveted status of underdog in the eyes of the public. If
    >more people were aware of the violence and hostility Asian-Americans have
    >to deal with in the inner-city, the the political tide would turn, leaving
    >the NAACP and Co. out in the cold. But as long as our politicians and
    >media ignore the problem, most Americans will remain in the dark, and the
    >black community will continue to be unaccountable for the racism in its
    >Brandon Bosworth is on the editorial staff of The American Enterprise

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