Could It Get Any Worse For Asian Americans? Trump Made Sure It Did.
It would be something of an understatement to say that race has
never been America’s forte. In fact, it’s been downright damn awful
since the country’s inception. Consequently, the world has looked on
for way too long now at a morally ambiguous United States that has
preached to the rest of the world regarding human rights, but at
the same time, for centuries, has been a race relations train-wreck.
Black Americans have held the massively unfortunate accolade of
being white America’s most visible racial victims of choice. Slavery,
Jim Crow, lynchings, police brutality, socio-economic
disenfranchisement and so on and so on.
Yet that misery is not just
black America’s burden to bear, far from it. White supremacist
hatred really does hate anything else other than white. Sure, the
Irish, Italians and Slavs, to name but a select few, have all come in
for their fair share of mistreatment in the United States, but that
was relatively fleeting. In stark contrast, anti-Asian racism, just
like ongoing black oppression, keeps on going and going.
A later start than black Americans, Asian-Americans first tasted
the acrid bile of white supremacy in the mid-nineteenth century.
Chinese labor that came to America to mine the mines and build the
railroads were excluded from regular society by way of both
legislation and every day societal “regular” discrimination. Fast