Two days before the California Board of Education voted to adopt a revolutionary Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, a delusional white man in my home state of Georgia shot and killed eight people including six women of Asian descent in three massage parlors.
At the eight hour meeting held by the State Board of Education this Thursday, many used the Atlanta murders to justify the urgency of passing the nation’s first-ever ethnic studies model.
One should also connect the two events, positing that they demonstrate the ruling elites’ pathological obsession with race, masqueraded as symbolic acts to help Asian Americans.
This addiction to examining all social issues through the prism of race is harmful as it seeks to legitimize a claimed victimhood into our already balkanized society, inaccurately depicting historical and current events, and deflecting from a genuine search for meaningful redress.
In both cases, Asians are caught in the crossfire of a cultural war, with the ascending progressive side seeking to inject traces of white supremacy into every situation to confirm their ideology.
While police are still at an early stage of investigating the motives behind Atlanta shootings, the Biden administration has rushed to point finger at the damaging rhetoric of the prior administration scapegoating Asian Americans for the pandemic. CNN calls out racial identities of the shooter and victims in a bid to condemn “White supremacy.”
Ironically, CNN, along with most other progressive media outlets, has hesitated to report on the racial identities of perpetrators in other recent crimes targeting Asian Americans. Doing so would invalidate its confirmation bias; the attackers weren’t all White.
Apparently, the progressive press doesn’t want to engage in comprehensive reporting on the race of attackers of Asian Americans because doing so might force us to reflect on the deeper issues of mental health, sex trafficking, distressed communities and failing public education systems.
In this ideological witch hunt of systemic racism, evidence of white supremacy is what counts.
Woke America is invoking the term “model minority,” which connotes a form of control and predation by the Whites upon Asian Americans’ economic successes and “tame nature.”
According to this hijacked version of “model minority,” Asian Americans’ general success in achieving the American dream constitutes a dominant narrative that prevents Asians from joining other minority groups to pursue racial justice. In such a narrative, it can’t be conceded that Asians Americans might have their own agency, unrelated to whites, or to other minorities.
California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, aside from other glaring issues rooted in its foundational framework of critical race theory, also capitalizes on the “model minority myth” as a stereotype to highlight systemic oppression against Asians and a racial wedge between Asians and other people of color.
Instead of celebrating best practices of many Asian Americans in defiance of historical marginalization, the ethnic studies curriculum points to “White adjacent” power and privilege as the plausible explanation for Asian American success, stoking racial animosities and tensions. The radical narrative caricatures Asian Americans’ reliance on hard work, initiative, and emphasis on education, not as the agency of Asian Americans, but as the features of an oppressive system that strong-arms Asian Americans into “White adjacency,” separating them from other victim groups.
In the alternative universe of these anti-racism pundits, the collective condemnation of anti-Asian racism, rather than a commitment to public safety, is apparently the key to combating the rising wave of crimes against Asian Americans.
With such virtue signaling, pundits hope that Asian Americans will join other oppressed people, defined solely on the basis of their race, in toppling what they label a repressive police apparatus and a racist culture. By the same token, race-obsessed proponents of California’s ethnic studies movement continue to pander the model minority notion, while propagating its ideological agenda aimed at dismantling what they term “White supremacist culture.”
Conflating an attack on Asian Americans with claims of “White supremacism” and systemic racism is dangerous. It seeks to foster a victimhood mentality among all Americans of Asian descent, eroding social solidarity and…