The “wave of anti-Asian hate” narrative is quickly transitioning into a Big Lie, and like so many of the Big Lies that have their origins in the desire to crush Donald Trump and his followers, this one is being eagerly aided and abetted by the news media.
What’s going one here? The news media sees it as advantageous to the fortunes of its beloved Democratic Party to make certain that Asian-Americans line up with the collections of aggrieved groups that give the progressives their mojo, particularly in the demonizing of whites. The fact that a disproportionate number of the attacks on Asian-Americans have been perpetrated by African-Americans is inconvenient, so the news stories just don’t mention that. Since Donald Trump is the imaginary vendetta’s official source—he’s a racist, see (See Big Lies of the Resistance #4) and insisted on calling the pandemic virus that originated in China a Chinese virus—the alleged “hate crimes” are based on white supremacy.
Jeez, try to keep up, will ya?
For example, this news story insidiously weaves the narrative about Asian hate into a story about a knife attack on two Chinese American women. “Over the past several months, Asian-Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area have been shoved to the ground, punched and robbed — attacks that have come amid a rise in anti-Asian hate across the country and the scapegoating of Asian communities for the spread of the coronavirus,” the Times story, by reporter Thomas Fuller, says. “The stabbing on Tuesday in San Francisco has only added to the anxiety of a large segment of the city’s population.”
Note that there are no numbers or statistics in that passage. “Over the past several months, X Americans in the X area have been shoved to the ground, punched and robbed ” could be written, easily, about any racial or ethnic group in any large city in American for the past 50 years. It qualifies as deceit. That the stabbings in question “added to the anxiety” of people who have been told by activists and journalists that they are being targeted in a “wave of hate” doesn’t mean that they are connected to the illusory wave of hate.
Reading further, we learn that the attacker’s motive is unknown, but presumed racism is the rage in Progressiveland today, so never mind. We are expected to sympathize with San Francisco’s “wary Asian Community” (that’s from the wording of the headline in my print Times). Not mentioned in the story is the race of the attacker, “a 54-year-old man, Patrick Thompson.” I checked: he’s black. His race was omitted because this is all supposed to be about white supremacy, Donald Trump, and racism. The story is activist propaganda, and deliberately deceptive.
Reporter Fuller slips up, though: the story, after raising alarm about “the string of violence against Asians,” mentions in its 12th paragraph—most readers never get that far—that “five people in the city have been charged with anti-Asian hate crimes this year.” This is May, the fifth month. It’s just starting, so lets be generous and say that there have been 1.25 attacks per month on Asians this year that are allegedly hate crimes, since those charged haven’t been tried or convicted in a fair trial. One point 5 alleged attacks per month!
You know: a wave.
In paragraph 20, we get this quote from the relative of a “a retired bank auditor from Thailand” who was killed a 19-year-old man on a ” chilly January morning,” so naturally, he’s an authority worth quoting:
“At the beginning of the pandemic it was Trump-inspired, hate-filled verbal attacks. Now it’s become violent.”
Wait, I must have missed the quote where President Trump said that Asian-Americans were at fault for the pandemic, or that it makes sense to punish Americans for what the nation their ancestors hailed from decades or centuries ago does now. Whatever enmity that was focused on Asian-Americans by accurately nicknaming the virus wasn’t “Trump-inspired,” it was moron inspired.
Oh—the attacker of the bank auditor was charged with elder abuse, not an anti-Asian hate crime, and the attacker was a young African-American man. But it takes two links and the scrutiny of a blurry video to learn that. It appears to be a “knock-out” game-type attack, where the assailant runs up and knocks over the man without stopping, then runs away. I don’t think he could tell whether the elderly man was Asian or not. Why is this episode even in a story about that “wave of hate”? Well, to be fair, there aren’t many examples to choose from.
In the Times edition the day before, readers were given this article, about “a national memorial ceremony in Los Angeles on Tuesday, offered by 49 Buddhist monastics, priests and lay leaders for healing amid recent anti-Asian violence across America.” What anti-Asian violence across America? In the next paragraph we are told that the Buddhists “gathered 49 days after a gunman killed eight people including six Asian women at spas in the Atlanta area.” But there is no evidence, none, less than none, really, that the gunman was motivated by anti-Asian hate, or that it was anything but chance that most of the victims were Asian women.
Never mind: that incident has become central to the Left’s Big Lie about anti-Asian hate. The article, also by Thomas Fuller, goes on…
“The leaders lit candles in front of memorials, honoring ancestors. For Yong Ae Yue, 63, a Korean Buddhist mother killed in Atlanta. For Vicha Ratanapakdee, 84, an immigrant from Thailand who was fatally assaulted while taking a walk in San Francisco. For Chinese immigrant coal miners shot and killed in Wyoming in 1885. For all beings who have lost their lives through racial or religious hatred. The Sikh victims in Indianapolis. The prayerful in synagogues. George Floyd.”
Ratanapakdee is that retired Thai auditor whose attacker was charged with elder abuse. There was never any evidence, in trial or out of it, that George Floyd’s death was motivated by “racial hatred.” And this must be one sloooow wave, if an article about it has to reference an incident from 1885 Wyoming.
Online, the Times buries at the end of this article and in small print a link to a dramatically hyped page to illustrate ” a torrent of hate and violence against people of Asian descent around the United States began last spring.” Here is the “torrent”—get your rain gear on—
“The New York Times, using media reports from across the country to capture a sense of the rising tide of anti-Asian bias, found more than 110 episodes since March 2020 in which there was clear evidence of race-based hate.”
Why the vague number? Well, “more than” makes 111 or 112 sound larger. Let’s be generous and say the number is 119. That’s in the entire country, since March 2020. I’ll even leave out this month. In thirteen months, the New York Times, looking for ways to prove its anti-Asian hype, found, in a nation of 330 million people, 9.15 anti-Asian “hate crimes” a month.