White supremacy is at the root of all racial violence in the United States
As fears of anti-Asian violence grow, police seek to be more visible to deter attacks. AP Photo / Kathy Willens Amid the disturbing increase in attacks against Asian Americans since March 2020, there is a disturbing category of such assaults: Blacks are also attacking Asian Americans. Whites are the main perpetrators of anti-Asian racism. But in February 2021, a black man pushed an old Asian man to the ground in San Francisco; the man later died of his injuries. In another video, from New York City on March 29, 2021, a black person pushes and beats an Asian American woman on the sidewalk outside a door as spectators watch the attack, then close their doors on the woman without intervening. nor provide assistance. . As the current president of the Association for Asian American Studies and as a professor of Ethnic and Critical Race Studies specializing in Asian American culture, I wanted to address the climate of anti-Asian racism that I saw at the start of the pandemic. So in April 2020, I created a PowerPoint slide show on anti-Asian racism that my employer, the University of Colorado Boulder, turned into a website. This led to about 50 interviews, workshops, discussions, and group presentations that I did on anti-Asian racism, particularly during the COVID-19 era. The point that I have made through all of these experiences is that anti-Asian racism has the same source as anti-black racism: white supremacy. So when a black person attacks an Asian person, the encounter may be fueled by racism, but very specifically white supremacy. White supremacy does not require a white person to perpetuate it. It’s Not Just White People White supremacy is an ideology, a model of values and beliefs that are rooted in almost every system and institution in the U.S. It is a belief that being white is is a human being and vested with inalienable universal rights and that not being white means that you are less than human – a disposable item that others can abuse and misuse. The dehumanization of Asian peoples by American society is motivated by white supremacy and not by a black person who may or may not hate Asians. During the pandemic, the “yellow peril” rhetoric that accused China of being responsible for COVID-19 led to a 150% increase in anti-Asian harassment incidents reported to police in 2020. In particular, Americans East Asian or anyone who appears to be East Asian or descent has become the target of the misplaced anger of people who blame the Chinese or those they thought they looked Chinese, even if they were of other ethnic origins, such as Japanese, Taiwanese, Koreans, Burmese, Thais or Filipinos. A fear of illness White supremacy as the root of racism can be seen in the Latino man in Texas who stabbed a Burmese family in March 2020, claiming he did so because they were Chinese and bringing coronavirus in the United States, although the suspect may have mental health issues, his belief that this family posed a threat is driven by white supremacist ideas that the Chinese people are responsible for COVID-19. This same rhetoric of blaming and attacking anyone perceived to be Chinese for COVID-19 has been found in countless reports of harassment, including that of a Vietnamese American who was spat out by a white man as she tried. walk into a grocery store in March 2021. Four days later, video footage shows a 76-year-old Chinese woman who was punched in the face by a 39-year-old white man on the same day that a white man killed eight people , including six Asian women. , in Atlanta. [Get the best of The Conversation, every weekend. Sign up for our weekly newsletter.] Stories of individual harassment and violence perpetrated against Asian Americans by white assailants do not always receive the same attention as viral videos of black assault on Asians. But underlying all of these incidents is white supremacy, just as white supremacy is responsible for Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes: White supremacy made Floyd a male threat. black rather than a human being. Understanding the depth and breadth of this ideology of racism can be difficult, but it brings each person, and the nation as a whole, closer to tackling systemic inequalities. It is not blacks that Asian Americans should fear. This is white supremacy This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts. It was written by: Jennifer Ho, University of Colorado at Boulder. Read more: Asian Americans primary targets of threats and harassment during pandemic Racism is the root of anti-Asian American violence, even though it is not a crime of Hate Jennifer Ho is affiliated with the Association for Asian American Studies.