Thursday, March 01, 2007

Kenneth Eng Fired By AsianWeek For Controversial Column Criticizing Blacks

Another victim was sacrificed upon the altar of political correctness yesterday (February 28th, 2007), only this time the victim wasn't white, but Asian. Kenneth Eng (pictured at left, courtesy of San Francisco Chronicle), the author of the "Why I Hate Blacks" column published Friday in AsianWeek has been dismissed, and editors say publication of the piece was "a serious lapse in editorial judgment." Original story published in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"The failing of our editorial process in allowing this piece to go forward was an insensitive and callous mistake that should never have been made by our publication," AsianWeek editor-at-large Ted Fang said today at a news conference organized by the local branch of the NAACP. New York-based Kenneth Eng will no longer be writing for the paper, Fang said.

The news conference brought together leaders from various faith-based organizations who condemned the column and also discussed how to improve race relations in the city. "Racism is very much alive and well," said Doris Ward, formerly a San Francisco supervisor and city assessor. "All of us here are responsible for doing something."

Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP, said the incident should be used as an opportunity for the city to do a better job at racial relations.

Eng, an AsianWeek contributor who wrote roughly every two weeks, listed in his column several "reasons" to discriminate against African Americans. Previous columns also generating controversy included "Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us", and "Why I Hate Asians".

Prominent Asian Americans immediately condemned the February 23rd column and were later joined by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (the same mayor who was banging his campaign manager's wife but is still in the race), the Board of Supervisors and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Commentary: Particularly hypocritical is the criticism by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Newsom was caught banging his campaign manger's wife just weeks ago, yet he's still running for re-election, and no one's "called for his head". A society in which "racism" is considered more serious than adultery or homosexuality is a society with Satanically-inverted values. The wonder is not that we had a 9-11, but that we haven't had many 9-11s.

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