Main | Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Racist Newspaper Rocks Bay Area

San Francisco's AsianWeek newspaper currently features an essay, "Why I Hate Blacks", by featured columnist Kenneth Eng. After an outcry from black leaders, the story has been removed from the online edition of AsianWeek, although the issue with the offending story is still on newsstands. Kenneth Eng considers himself an "Asian supremacist" and has authored other columns such as "Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us" and "Why I Hate Asians".

AsianWeek is owned the the Fang family, Chinese-Americans who own a small media empire in the Bay Area. The Fangs once owned the daily San Francisco Examiner. The Eng piece has been loudly decried by prominent Asians in the Bay Area, and AsianWeek has issued an apology and plans a press conference with the NAACP today. But the publication, which calls itself "The Voice Of Asian America", has apparently taken no action against Eng or his editors.

Kenneth End is in his early 20's and lives in what most people (including myself) might presume to be one of the most enlightened places in the world. Yet here are his observations:
--"Blacks hate us. Every Asian who has ever come across them knows that they take almost every opportunity to hurl racist remarks at us."
-- "Contrary to media depictions, I would argue that blacks are weak-willed. They are the only race that has been enslaved for 300 years."
-- "Blacks are easy to coerce. This is proven by the fact that so many of them, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, tend to be Christians."
Sigh. How does a guy like this get a megaphone like AsianWeek? Like any ethnically diverse part of America, tensions in SF sometimes boil over into ugliness. But published ugliness in a well-known newspaper? I'm hoping that there will be a major withdrawal of advertisers from AsianWeek. The fucking C.I.A. advertises in AsianWeek. If our own government doesn't disown this bullshit, things are even worse than I've feared. When I lived in SF, the Fangs had a reputation for irresponsible, tabloid journalism. I suppose the Bay Area is just lucky that they no longer own a major daily newspaper.

UPDATE: AsianWeek fires Kenneth Eng.

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