Asian Week Magazine self description:
"AsianWeek, the only English language, national newsweekly for Asian Pacific Americans, has become the link for American born Asians to better understand their community. It has become a bridge for Asian immigrants to mainstream American culture. Likewise, it is the primary vehicle for mainstream America to learn of the concerns and aspirations of one of the country’s fastest growing communities".
Here is the controversial opinion piece from February 23, 2007 by Kenneth Eng in San Francisco's "Asian Week" magazine:
'Why I Hate Blacks' (Actual Article Title)
Here is a list of reasons why we should discriminate against blacks, starting from the most obvious down to the least obvious:
• Blacks hate us. Every Asian who has ever come across them knows that they take almost every opportunity to hurl racist remarks at us.
In my experience, I would say about 90 percent of blacks I have met, regardless of age or environment, poke fun at the very sight of an Asian. Furthermore, their activity in the media proves their hatred: Rush Hour, Exit Wounds, Hot 97, etc.
• Contrary to media depictions, I would argue that blacks are weak-willed. They are the only race that has been enslaved for 300 years. It's unbelievable that it took them that long to fight back.
On the other hand, we slaughtered the Russians in the Japanese-Russo War.
• Blacks are easy to coerce. This is proven by the fact that so many of them, including Reverend Al Sharpton, tend to be Christians.
Yet, at the same time, they spend much of their time whining about how much they hate "the whites that oppressed them."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Christianity the religion that the whites forced upon them?
• Blacks don't get it. I know it's a blunt and crass comment, but it's true. When I was in high school, I recall a class debate in which one half of the class was chosen to defend black slavery and the other half was chosen to defend liberation.
Disturbingly, blacks on the prior side viciously defended slavery as well as Christianity. They say if you don't study history, you're condemned to repeat it.
In high school, I only remember one black student ever attending any of my honors and AP courses. And that student was caught cheating.
It is rather troubling that they are treated as heroes, but then again, whites will do anything to defend them.
I, as a Black American, have always admired Asians. Their history and culture is undeniably great. I agree, as has been expressed on this website, that Asians, Mexicans and people of Arabic background are unfairly treated and maligned by many people...both in the media and within our closely-knit communities. But hatred from any one or group is wrong. I have Asian associates...as well as Mexican, Caucasian, etc. What we all think about each other behind closed doors should really remain unknown if it is not ultimately helpful to reveal these powerful feelings. Hatred is ultimately a character flaw that produces nothing but destruction.
I think that Black Americans should not hate Chinese/Asian people for revealing how they may collectively feel. We should thank them for their honest views. If we have a problem with how they feel - maybe we should do as the person who wrote this article suggested we can't do and unite, and not do such huge business with them (hair salons, beauty salons, nail salons, thrift stores, various markets, restaurants, etc.). It is unbelievable how much we support Asian businesses! We may support them more than whites and probably do! They are very prominent in our communities. It is also truly amazing how much we spend on leisure items in general – perhaps opening ourselves up for disrespect as a financial force.
Black America needs to take revelations like this as a wake-up call to do and depend more on and for ourselves. The issue is not how or what Asians think about us...this may be very mild compared to how whites and other more socially, financially dominant races REALLY think of us...who we also do vast, primarily ALL of our, business with. The issue is how we see and think about ourselves! Could we lessen our financial ties with other groups WHO DO NOT RESPECT US and, especially in the case of Asians, strengthen themselves within our own communities?
As the mothers and fathers of man and womankind worldwide, the genetic parents...can we regain some semblance of the respectable first civilized societies we once manifested on this planet? Or have centuries of slavery and oppression now and forever relegated us to being the last on the American totem pole we primarily built?
Will we become more respectable in this FINANCIAL world (pretty much the only REAL, pertinent world that matters anymore)...or will we continue to give away our financial power to others who do not respect us - yet grow more and more wealthy and powerful from our money? Are we truly a strong people...or a battered, irreparably damaged and “weak-willed” people as the writer suggest in the article?
It's do or die time Black America! Are we so brainwashed and beaten that we hate each other...making it impossible to "overcome"?? Will we continue to be used as financial pawns? The slavery of the mind and body must end! Thank you to Kenneth Eng and the Chinese Times (who condoned/expressed their agreement with Mr. Eng by printing his article, though they offered a somehow lacking apology on their website) for helping to further clarify this obvious reality! A reality proving, once again, that we as Black and African people around the world must find our TRUE strength from within!
Peace and prosperity to my Black and African people all over the world! Peace to ALL races, who I hope continue to express their honest views so we can ALL respond and grow productively!!