And, As Night Follows Day, Academia Joins The False “Anti-Asian” Hate Narrative

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Of course it has. The Axis of Unethical Conduct, which I have described as the three groups (“the resistance,” Democrats, and the news media) actively using lies, intimidation and suppression to advance a progressive agenda, really includes three more members: the educational establishment, Big Tech, and the social media platforms.

For now, let’s focus on the eggheads.

Harvard, which has lost my respect completely, sent a message to students and faculty that read,

“Many of us woke up yesterday to the horrific news of the vicious and deadly attack in Atlanta, the latest in a wave of increasing violence targeting the Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander community … This violence has a history. From Chinese Exclusion to the nativist rhetoric amplified during the pandemic, anti-Asian hostility has deep roots in American culture.”

This is, in a word, crap. That master of academic anti-white race-baiting crap, Prof. Ibram Kendi tweeted: “Locking arms with Asian Americans facing this lethal wave of anti-Asian terror. Their struggle is my struggle. Our struggle is against racism and White Supremacist domestic terror.”

These are supposed to be scholars, searching for, teaching and revealing truth. There is no “wave.” Whites do not commit the majority of so-called “hate crimes” against Asians, blacks do, and out of proportion with their numbers in the population. There are no figures showing a significant increase in attacks on Asian-Americans in 2020. There are not many attacks on Asian-Americans anyway, now or earlier. A 50% increase in San Francisco, for example from 2019 – 2020 sent the number of actual crimes soaring from 6 to 9.

You know: a wave,

University of San Diego Law School professor Tom Smith published this essay on his blog. As he made the case that it is clear and convincing that China was responsible for the Wuhan virus being loosed on the world, a not difficult case to make, he wrote at one point, “If you believe that the coronavirus did not escape from the lab in Wuhan, you have to at least consider that you are an idiot who is swallowing whole a lot of Chinese cock swaddle.” For this he is being investigated by the University, which, unethically, dishonestly and despicably, wrote to its students and faculty,

Dear Law School Community,

It has come to my attention that a faculty member made a blog post concerning the origin of COVID-19, using offensive language in reference to people from China. As I wrote to you in a previous message, COVID-19 has been associated with an alarming increase in hate crimes directed against the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community, with racist commentary relating to the virus and its origins. While the blog is not hosted by the University of San Diego, these forms of bias, wherever they occur, have an adverse impact on our community. It is especially concerning when the disparaging language comes from a member of our community.

Scientists are investigating the exact origins of COVID-19. Whatever the realm for debate by experts about this scientific question, there is no place for language that demeans a particular national group. Such language undermines our shared commitment to creating an inclusive, welcoming community.

A core value of the University of San Diego School of Law is that all members of the community must be treated with dignity and respect. University policies specifically prohibit harassment, including the use of epithets, derogatory comments, or slurs based on race or national origin, among other categories. I have received formal complaints relating to the faculty member’s conduct, and in accordance with university procedures, there will be a process to review whether university or law school policies have been violated.

I will be meeting as soon as possible with leaders of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Student Bar Association to discuss further steps. In addition, I will continue to work with faculty, students, staff, and alumni over the course of this spring and beyond to develop and implement plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at the law school. This occurrence reminds us again of the importance and urgency of this project. I will be sending you more information about plans as they develop.

It is clear that we have much work to do together to repair and enhance our community. That work must begin by acknowledging the harm caused by this kind of demeaning language.

 

It is amazing that anyone with an iota of English comprehension, much less the dean of a law school, would issue such an evident misrepresentation.  As Professor Volokh points out (though it should require a law professor to do so), “the blog post is not “disparaging language” or “epithets, derogatory comments, or slurs based on race or national origin” towards any “members of the [USD] community” (students, faculty, or staff). It is disparaging language towards China, in context referring to the government of China.”

He goes on,

To the extent people who feel some connection to China find it offensive, that is no basis for the university to prohibit such speech, or even investigate a faculty member for such speech—just as a university has no business investigating a faculty member for sharp criticism of the government of Israel (or of other Israeli institutions), or of Russia or, back in the day, South Africa or whatever else.

I’ve heard some suggestion that such harsh condemnation of the Chinese government might increase the risk of hate crimes against Asians. I’m skeptical that this is likely so, especially in a blog post such as this.But in any event, faculty or student speech like this can’t be suppressed simply because it has a supposedly bad tendency to inflame a few of its readers in a way that might cause them to commit crimes:

Harsh criticism of the police might lead to violent attacks on the police. Harsh criticism of the Israeli government (or of “Israel” generally) may lead to violent attacks on Jews. Harsh criticism of the U.S. government might lead to criminal attacks on government institutions, whether from the Right (as with the Capitol riot) or from the Left (as with the riots in Portland).

Yet such speech remains protected by academic freedom and free speech principles.

If the “Axis” continues to attack our core liberties while spreading propaganda, it won’t be protected for long.

 

5 thoughts on “And, As Night Follows Day, Academia Joins The False “Anti-Asian” Hate Narrative

  1. In New York, the number of hate crimes against Asians soared 33% last year — from 3 in 2019 to 4 in 2020. There have been 3 hate crimes against Asians in 2021, all in February. If those were a response to Donald Trump, they certainly were on a long tape delay.

    On the other hand, hate crime statistics are garbage. There are some crimes, like murder or gunshot wounds, that get reported because there’s a body that’s found or a hospital that has a reporting obligation. Others, like robbery, car theft and burglary, get reported because the victim needs a police report for the insurance company. Others, like rape and some assaults, get reported because the victim knows who did the crime and wants punishment. But hate crimes are usually violent assaults by strangers, and there’s nothing for the victim to gain by reporting the crime. The victim doesn’t know who did it, the perpetrator has run away, the police have no useful leads and will never investigate the crime. So when the statistics say that there were 3 hate crimes against Asians this February and none last February, that may mean only that more Asians were inclined this year to report than last year, or that they were more likely to interpret an attack as being motivated by hate this year.

    For example, according to NYC, there were only 10 hate crimes against whites in 2020. But who believes that there were only 10 racially-motivated, unprovoked assaults by blacks against whites last year? While walking through the park, I myself was punched in the head by a young black man who ran away laughing. Did I report it to the police? Of course not. Why waste my time and theirs for a crime that will never be investigated, much less solved? Yet I imagine that particular man probably committed more than 10 hate crimes last year all by himself.

  2. A couple of years ago, the big story was that hate crimes were up 17% under Trump. This was according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report statistics. But upon closer examination, two things stood out. First, 1,000 new reporting agencies were added over the same time frame, so the comparison wasn’t apples-to-apples. Second, the data themselves were highly suspect, showing sky-high rates of hate crimes in the bluest cities and very little in the Deep South. In fact, the same statistics that claimed a 17% increase in hate crimes also showed that Alabama had eradicated hate crimes. Zero hate crimes in Alabama. Not one.

    Of course, nobody sounding the alarm over a 17% increase said anything about Alabama becoming a beacon of tolerance. They knew the numbers were ridiculous. Clearly they were more indicative of political attitudes in local police forces than actual hate crimes. The thing is, when the conclusion was something they wanted to report, they quickly forgot that the data were garbage.

    And that was the real story: the FBI’s hate crime statistics were garbage in 2016, and they remained garbage in 2017. They’re likely still garbage today.

    But what about the current statistics behind the claim of skyrocketing hate crimes against Asians? They’re taken from reports by a handful of police agencies – in other words, they’re a subset of the FBI data – the data that were garbage before and remain garbage today.

  3. Wait! Harvard says it is against “anti-Asian” bias. Are they even aware of the bottom line of their applicant selection process?
    Truthfully, Jack, are you making this up?

    Many studies have shown, re, crime statistics, that homicide aside, auto theft is the most consistently reported crime. First, the victim knows it happened, they need the car to go to work, and there is almost always insurance involved. Spending 1/3 of my life in municipal policing, my experience is that many of the assaults and robberies visited upon Asians (Chinese mostly) are perpetrated by other Asian folk. The gangs and their affinity for money usually underlies these acts.

  4. Prof. Ibram Kendi tweeted: “Locking arms with Asian Americans facing this lethal wave of anti-Asian terror. Their struggle is my struggle. Our struggle is against racism and White Supremacist domestic terror.”

    Many replies to his tweets pointed out that so many of the accused are in no way white nationalists.

    While Teaunte Bailey and Robert Aaron Long were accused of horrific crimes, the mere fact that their targets shared some common ethnic descent is not proof of some sort of organized cmpaign of terror against Asian-American, let alone a white nationalist one

    In various places on the Internet, including social media, I keep reading about how white nationalists are the real terror threat. But no one is even claiming that white nationalists are the ones shooting up the inner cities.

  5. Funniest thing; a gay Asian male being summarily beaten by EVIL Whities in June of 2019 didn’t bring about anything near this level of slobbering WokeNess.

    ‘Course it was a Conservative (Andy Ngo) and the EVIL Whities that whupped up on him (Antifa), are, according to President Biden, and I quote: “an idea, not an organization.”

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