In the column, AsianWeek regular contributor Kenneth Eng listed “reasons” to discriminate against African Americans. The piece has been pulled from the newspaper’s Web site, but the print edition of the free paper, owned by the politically influential Fang family, was still available in news racks on Monday.
Prominent Asian-Americans immediately condemned Eng’s current column. “The hate is based on ignorance and is very similar to the rationales that the KKK uses against African Americans,” said Henry Der, director for 22 years of Chinese for Affirmative Action and the former state administrator for Emeryville’s schools. “What gives me the greatest concern was AsianWeek’s judgment in printing such a piece out of context, it is so trite and hateful, it doesn’t speak well for the publication”, Der continued.
San Francisco NAACP President Amos Brown, who heard about the column from a Chronicle reporter, was speechless at first. “I can’t believe this,” Brown then said. “I am surprised the Fangs, who have supposedly been involved in interracial-understanding issues, would publish something like this. I am flabbergasted. We can’t afford for these kind of racist flames to be fueled in that kind of setting.”
Eng, who is in his early 20s, according to material on the Internet promoting his science fiction writing, started at AsianWeek in November after moving from the East Coast. In 2004, for an online magazine called Down in the Dirt, he wrote about experiencing racism as an Asian American student at New York University after he “expressed my negative views on America, religion and African Americans.”
Other AsianWeek columns of Eng’s - including “Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us”(published November 24th, 2006) and “Why I Hate Asians”(published January 12th, 2007) - 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.
Leaders of the Asian Law Caucus, Asian-American Justice Center, Chinese for Affirmative Action and other groups and individuals began circulating a petition Friday calling for the paper to apologize, terminate its relationship with Eng, print an editorial refuting the column and review its editorial policy. The leaders’ statement, issued in Washington, D.C., called the piece “irresponsible journalism, blatantly racist, replete with stereotypes and deeply hurtful to African-Americans.”
In its statement, AsianWeek, which has a circulation of 48,505, said it “sincerely regrets any offense caused by the one opinion piece which reflected that author’s personal views. We apologize for any harm or hurt this has caused the African American community. AsianWeek has great respect for all that the African American community has done for Asian Pacific Americans.”
David Lee of the Chinese American Voters Education Committee said Eng’s statement echoes the feelings of some Asian-Americans. He said that rather than condemning the paper, black and Asian people should participate in a town hall-style meeting to address tension he said exists between the two communities.
The paper said it will announce in this Friday’s edition plans to co-sponsor a town hall-style meeting with the Willie L. Brown Jr. Institute on Politics & Public Service.
Before AsianWeek deleted the column from their website, the San Francisco Chronicle got a screenshot of it and posted it on their site. American Renaissance transcribed it on to their site. I reproduce the entire column below:
Why I Hate Blacks
Kenneth Eng, AsianWeek, February 23rd, 2007
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.
Commentary: There is much truth in the article. Self-proclaimed leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are notorious for getting entitlement-hungry black mobs to follow them. This undermines serious blacks who are more interested in proving themselves Americans first by striking out for empowerment instead of wallowing in entitlement.
Many blacks are indeed weak-willed, which explains why they have a greater propensity for general misbehavior and outright crime. The disgraceful 70% illegitimacy rate in the black community is but one manifestation of this problem. See Jared Taylor's critically-acclaimed research report "The Color of Crime" for more detailed information.
The very last statement in Kenneth Eng's column is disgustingly true. Many of the "baby-boomer" whites currently in power grew up watching blacks burn down our cities during the '60s. Consequently, they were intimidated by the experience and are reluctant to deal with blacks because they're afraid that blacks could "snap" and go ballistic at any time without warning. And far too many blacks do indeed behave that way. The whites in power can't understand why blacks don't show more gratitude for having equality handed to them legislatively through the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Blacks could dispel these notions and defeat these stereotypes by showing less "attitude" and more "gratitude" for the fact that they have it far better in America than they would in any African country.
Notice how no criticism has been uttered by either the Anti-Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. Organized Jewry remains silent on this issue. Their reaction would have much different if Dr. David Duke had written a column entitled "Why I Hate Blacks", though.