The human psyche is a weird thing.
I was perusing ATS as I tend to do and came across this thread
about an Asian
gentleman in critical condition after being assaulted. Now, I didn't have much to say (other than the same old condolences and well wishes to the
victim), so I didn't add to that discussion. But it did give me a thought, and one I felt was important enough to make a new thread about. You see,
there is a certain amount of anti-Asian sentiment out there and it is staring to manifest itself violently. I don't think anyone is disputing that.
The differences of opinion on the subject seem to be centered more around the actions taken to try and mitigate such violence rather than a debate on
whether it exists.
Well, folks, we've been here before.
The exact same thing happened after the War of Northern Aggression. The South had been destroyed, literally, and a huge percentage of the population
killed. Entire cities were reduced to smoldering ash. Those returning home were faced with losing their very homes for one of the exact reasons they
fought: unfair taxation. Compounding the taxation was the fact that crops were gone and anything left was difficult to harvest since all the labor was
gone as well. Now, I'm not going to get into that tired old debate over slavery here; the simple fact is that at the time slavery was the bulk of the
farm labor. No amount of "right-think" can change what was.
No one suffering through this period of hell on earth had the ability to retaliate toward those responsible. The policy makers were far away in
Washington DC. The carpetbaggers didn't hang around; they came down only long enough to buy up land for pennies on the dollar and high-tailed it back
north. The only people who were left to become the subject of the ire were the black ex-slaves... and they were "protected" by Federal laws.
There's that weird human psyche again... when a people become angry beyond their ability to hold it in, they tend to lash out at whoever is
Back then, the targets were the freed slaves. They certainly didn't deserve the treatment they received over the next century. In many ways, they had
been just as devastated as the white Southerners. The war criminal William Tecumseh Sherman had razed everything that they could use to sustain
themselves, then burnt bridges behind his army specifically to prevent them from following. The result was that a great many of those freed slaves
starved to death by the very hand of their "benefactor." The rest were left in utter poverty and indigence, essentially reduced to living like
animals. It has taken over 100 years to mitigate all that.
But since when has that stopped hatred? Over the next century blacks were tortured, killed, falsely accused, many hung, ostracized, humiliated, and
subjected to a wide range of the infamous "Jim Crow" laws.
Now let's compare that to today.
Due to a virus released onto the world by the inactions of China, the people of the USA have been subjected to over a year now of illegal and
intrusive mandates, forced lockdowns of society, endless fear-mongering and misinformation, and even the loss of their very livelihoods. Their homes
are now at risk of being ripped from them, not for taxation, but because they have lost their jobs and businesses to capricious government mandates
based on the Chinese virus. In their place, the wealthy and the powerful, companies like Walmart, Target, Amazon, Costco, et al
, have prospered
from their ruin. Many have watched family members sicken and die, a great deal of that due to the utter ineptitude if not outright criminal actions of
That period of hell has consequences. People get angry. And while debate is always a good thing, civilized debate can not exist where there is anger
and hatred. In short, there is no logical reasoning, no debate tactic, no amount of verbal or written oratory that will mitigate what is starting to
happen. The only way to do so is through action
, that action being an immediate relief to those harmed.
Just as the freed slaves of old were the scapegoats for the anger that swept across the South, so today the Asian people living here are becoming the
scapegoats of the anger of today. Just as the freed slaves were also victims of the atrocities in the War of Northern Aggression, so today those same
Americans of Asian descent are just as susceptible to the Chinese virus and the government over-reaches. Just as, back then, the true culprits were
out of reach of the average person, so too, today, those responsible are in China and Washington DC, and to a lesser degree in the various state
capitols behind armed security.
Just as, in those days of yore, the freed blacks were targeted as the only possible target for taking out the anger inspired by leaders and bankers in
far-off places, so too, today, the Asian population is appearing as the only target for taking out the anger inspired by leaders and bankers in
far-off places and hiding behind armed security.
It's not right. No one deserves to be beaten for who they are. No one. It was wrong back in the latter 1800s; it is wrong in the early 2000s. But it
is. Laws will not help; laws will only increase the pressure that must be released. Remember that there were Federal laws back in the aftermath of
slavery as well, but they did little to no good in the face of such organizations as the KKK. The only thing that can change this now is immediate,
substantial relief: a complete and total re-opening of the economy, an end to the face mask restrictions, and a complete restitution for every penny
lost to the restrictions of the past 15 months. That will not happen. The powers that be have made their intent to do the opposite quite clear, and
their power is now so firmly entrenched that even elections have no more consequences. The cost of even attempting to pay restitution to those who
have lost money during this so-called pandemic would bankrupt the country overnight ten times over, making things even worse economically.
No, we're done. This is now what is. Another period of reconstruction is at hand, with the same winners (those with money and/or power) and the same
losers (everyone else). Another period of blind hatred and rampant racism, this time directed toward Asians. History repeats the lesson we failed to
To anyone reading this of Asian descent (or really anyone who looks like they might have Asian descent): I feel for what you are about to experience.
May I be somehow wrong and you be spared the untimely punishment for simply being who you are. I truly am sorry... if only there were some way to stop
what is to come that were in my power! I would do so in a New York heartbeat! But alas, I do not wield such power. All I can offer are these pitiful
words on a screen.
I tried to stop it; I really did. I tried to stop the hysteria before it hurt hundreds of millions of Americans and even more around the globe. I
tried to stop the power shift that has now locked us into this vicious cycle. I failed.
Now millions will pay for that failure. For that I am truly sorry.