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White supremacy is NOT the root of all race-related violence

A critical race theory professor, who leads anti-racism workshops on intersectionality, penned an article arguing that white supremacy is the "root of all race-related violence" in the United States. It's not.
Mia Cathell
Mia Cathell The Post Millennial
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A critical race theory professor, who leads anti-racism workshops on intersectionality, penned an article arguing that white supremacy is the "root of all race-related violence" in the United States. It's not.

The Yahoo! News piece was re-published from nonprofit news site The Conversation, which is authored by academics and edited by journalists. Under free Creative Commons licence, the platform allows reuse without modification.

It's no surprise that the author, University of Colorado Boulder professor Jennifer Ho, specializes in Asian American studies and teaches courses on critical race theory, according to the scholar's private pronoun-littered Twitter bio.

Ho's free introductory Anti-Racism I class has an upwards of 12,000 enrolled students in the three-week curriculum, which emphasizes "settler colonialism" as one of the "true foundations" of America's historical beginning—not freedom.

In her writing, Ho acknowledges that black assailants are also to blame for the disturbing rise in anti-Asian attacks, "a troubling category of these assaults."

Ho noted when 84-year-old Thai immigrant Vicha Ratanapakdee, well-known in the Anza Vista neighborhood of San Francisco for his hour-long walks each morning, was knocked to the ground and died from the broad daylight shove at the hands of 19-year-old suspect Antoine Watson, an African American man arrested on suspicion of murder and elder abuse in the tragic case. Ho blames whiteness even though the attacker was not white.

The CNN report, linked by Ho and last updated almost three weeks after the Jan. 28 assault, of course failed to mention Watson's name and race. "This was driven by hate," said Ratanapakdee's son-in-law of the strike caught on camera.

Ho recounted when another black attacker kicked and stomped on 65-year-old Vilma Kari in midtown Manhattan. "F— you, you don't belong here, you Asian," was shouted at the older Filipino woman, according to the criminal complaint.

Apartment building surveillance video captured the March 29 incident and the New York City Police Department's hate crimes task force blasted the security footage on social media. Ho's source, an NPR national story, also refused to profile the black suspect despite identifying visuals and local law enforcement's solicitation for help capturing the depicted man who left Kari hospitalized.

(38-year-old Brandon Elliot, who has since been arrested for brutalizing Kari, was released on lifetime parole in November 2019 for killing his own mother.)

"White people are the main perpetrators of anti-Asian racism," Ho counters despite the aforementioned episodes and contradictory statistical evidence collected by the Department of Justice.

According to hate crime stats broken down by race or ethnicity, the Bureau of Justice Statistics under the Justice Department reported circa 2018 that 24.1 percent of offenders who victimized Asians were, in fact, Asian, while 24.1 percent were white; 7 percent were Hispanic; and 27.5 percent were black—the largest demographic pool provoking violent incidents in the country.

Criminal Victimization, 2018 | Bureau of Justice Statistics

Based on the same table, black offenders also execute the most criminal exploits against black victims at 70.3 percent compared to white culprits at 10.6 percent.

These numbers dispute the lies perpetuated by both the Black Lives Matter and #StopAsianHate movements that refuse to believe that minority groups can inflict anti-Asian animosity. But now the left's mental gymnastics have contorted past the breaking point as anti-racism activists cope with the ugly truth.

How could marginalized communities, bearers of the sought-out victim status, target other victims? They can't both be victims, right? Well, now both perpetrators of crime and those it is perpetrated against are all victims of "white supremacy," leftists rationalize with Ho at the helm.

"So when a Black person attacks an Asian person, the encounter is fueled perhaps by racism, but very specifically by white supremacy," Ho writes. "White supremacy does not require a white person to perpetuate it."

Thus, it's "not just white people" who can commit acts of white supremacy, Ho surmises: "White supremacy is an ideology, a pattern of values and beliefs that are ingrained in nearly every system and institution in the U.S."

Ho defines white supremacy as the belief that "to be white is to be human and invested with inalienable universal rights." To be non-white is to be "less than human," she rebuts, "a disposable object for others to abuse and misuse."

Despite popular opinion on the political left, the majority of white Americans don't impose an "otherness" mentality onto minorities or seek to spread this social disease known as white supremacy that's now as abstract as "infrastructure."

"The dehumanization of Asian people by U.S. society is driven by white supremacy and not by any Black person who may or may not hate Asians," Ho declares.

This is pure pathological delusion. It's an attempt to displace culpability, proposing that non-white offenders don't have agency and aren't capable of motive beyond the pervasive white supremacy theory.

But who cares about facts when there's an agenda to be pushed, an amorphous parasite out there to be vanquished that inhabits hosts in all colored clothing?

Identity politics—the "isms" one owes allegiance to, such as anti-racism, anti-fascism, and other Orwellian newspeak meant to invert customary meanings—divides Americans along racial lines and serves to objectify individuals. That's where the desperation of "otherness" and "belonging" are birthed.

Left-wing propagandists are broadening the definition of "entrenched whiteness" and its opposing forces in America's newfound glossary of race-obsessed terms.

Ho, also the current president of the Association for Asian American Studies, delivered an anti-Asian racism presentation in April 2020, which the University of Colorado Boulder turned into an online outline adapted from the PowerPoint slide deck that Ho developed to "educate" the public.

Under the anti-Asian and anti-black racism subsection, Ho's webpage also teaches that both are "subject to" and "in service of" white supremacy. Both are "systemic," one bullet point reads. It's not about individuals being racist; it's about the systems and institutions in America that create conditions where Asians are seen as "foreign" and black citizens are "not granted basic humanity and rights."

"Anti-Asian racism and COVID-19" | Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine

The point that Ho continues to make across platforms is that anti-Asian racism has the same source as anti-black racism: white supremacy, the illusionary boogeyman and scapegoat for all cultural division in the country.

During the pandemic, Ho says "yellow peril" rhetoric that faults Chinese for the COVID-19 outbreak has led to an uptick in anti-Asian harassment reported to police in 2020. According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism's study released in March, hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen almost 150 percent in major cities across the United States last year.

Ho maintains that white supremacy as "the root of racism" is demonstrated in the Sam's Club stabbing of an Asian American family mid-March 2020.

Knife-wielder Jose Gomez, 19, is accused of assaulting three Burmese family members—including children ages two and six—at the Texas retail location, because he thought the victims were Chinese and "infecting people with the coronavirus," according to an FBI intelligence report obtained by ABC.

Ho concedes that Gomez "may have mental health problems," but the suspect's harbored hostility towards Asians is "driven by the white supremacist ideas of Chinese people being to blame for COVID-19," she reiterates.

There's more to the tale that negates the "evil white people" narrative: an unsung good Samaritan who dared to intervene and may have saved innocent lives.

Gomez was disarmed by an off-duty border patrol officer and accompanying white Sam's Club worker who himself was slashed while wrestling the teen during the melee. After subduing Gomez until authorities arrived, the employee walked away with 30 hand stitches plus one dozen to the leg. Ho excludes these heroic details.

It also appears that the mainstream media and even local news outlets, at first, ignored pleas from the brother of the bare-knuckle bystander who just wanted to spotlight his sibling's courageous deed.

Ho still points fingers at white aggressors, similar to how Very Smart Brothas editor-in-chief Damon Young for The Root compared "whiteness" to the pandemic, in response to the fatal Atlanta-area spa shootings that took place on March 16.

Young asserted that white supremacy "like other viruses, will not die until there are no bodies left for it to infect." He alleged that the "only way to stop [white supremacy] is to locate it, isolate it, extract it, and kill it."

Rep. Cori Bush (MO-D) capitalized on the tragedy to "dismantle white supremacy" and parade the deaths as nothing more than political theatre props.

However, the suspected Georgia gunman told investigators that he targeted the businesses because of "sex addiction." At the following morning press conference, law enforcement suggested that 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long lashed out at what he saw are sources of sexual "temptation" that must be eliminated, outlets where he could succumb to sexual gratification.

A former roommate of Long's spent several months living in an Atlanta halfway house for addicts where the suspect would describe several of his "relapses." Long was treated for sex addiction at the facility and he often visited massage parlors for "sexual activity." Long was religious and would become "distraught that he frequented these places," the ex-roommate told Reuters.

There's strong circumstantial evidence that the massage parlors preyed upon—where eight victims were shot dead including six Asian women—may be fronts for prostitution involving migrants. (Ho alludes to this sexual servitude in an op-ed for CNN, proclaiming that Asian American women are "enfranchised human beings." Yet the same characters and their black counterparts must hold white supremacy accountable for any malicious wrongdoing.)

"Stories of individual harassment and violence perpetrated against Asian Americans by white assailants don't always get the same attention as the viral videos of Black aggression toward Asians," Ho contends.

A Black Lives Matter activist was charged over separate anti-Asian hate attacks in Seattle last month. KOMO News, an ABC-affiliated station licensed to Seattle, just now reported on the not-so-groundbreaking revelation that the suspect, whose accessible Facebook account is filled with posts in support of far-left causes, had joined racial justice protests in the Pacific Northwest.

As first covered by The Post Millennial, the fervent Biden supporter of mixed race, who appeared at the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) where Antifa extremists seized six blocks of city property in June 2020, is charged with threatening Asian women and children as young as five-years-old with racial slurs.

51-year-old Christopher Allen Hamner shouted expletives at an Asian mother with kids in the car. He then jumped out of his own vehicle and started "punching his fist together," before throwing projectiles at the family.

Three days later, Hamner cut off two Asian women with his sedan, blocked traffic in the middle of the road, and screamed similar profanities at them. He then charged at the victims who were driving together and launched another object.

Just like Ho, the hypocritical Democrat urged others on social media to "[s]tand UNITED against racism & white supremacy."

In the wake of the Atlanta-area spa shootings, 51-year-old Chris Hamner had condemned hate crimes against Asian Americans | Facebook

Tacoma Police in Washington state were slow to investigate an anti-Asian hate crime that occurred in late November 2020 after one viral clip, which depicted several black teenagers punching an Asian man as his Korean wife cries for help, gained traction months later and prompted action just last week.

The couple was taunted by the handful of thugs, who fled the scene on foot, and endured an onslaught of profanities hurled at them while traveling home.

The husband said he received an incident report the day of the attack, but did not hear back from police. "Does this not matter? That's how I took it," the man expressed to KIRO 7. The pair has been wondering about the case since last year and even left Tacoma because the two said they felt unsafe and unprotected.

"But underlying all these incidents is white supremacy..." Ho insists. "It's not Black people whom Asian Americans need to fear. It's white supremacy."

In an expose cited by Ho, to be white is to "sit atop America's ruling class," Vox writers Jerusalem Demsas and Rachel Ramirez typed. Since darker skin has been "deemed undesirable and equated with being poor under Western and Eurocentric views," anyone who is not white "falls at the bottom of this hierarchy."

Black and Asian dissonance is derived from immigration and economic policies that have "pitted these communities against one another," the deep dive posits, which echoes anti-Trump doctor Eugene Gu's parallel claim that black-on-Asian crimes only occur because of, you guessed it, white supremacy.

Both groups are allies in the uprising who have found common and convenient ground to fight on against these so-called omnipresent "white oppressors" instead of battling out in the current colosseum, an unfair "caste system meant to stoke interracial conflicts." It's you and me against the white man's world, us and them.

Afraid of inflaming tensions between blacks and Asian Americans, the latter must instead bend the knee and raise one's fist in solidarity against the "white supremacist class structure" that's oppressing the powerless, an evil in the ether that's easier to fathom than strapping on the multi-faceted thinking cap.

"Understanding the depth and reach of this ideology of racism can be challenging..." Ho agrees, but names the long-term objective of "addressing systemic inequality." The end game to extinguish the flames of hate is based on the hatred of white people. But that's not racist, the anti-racist mob chants.

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