Cue public outcry, then fast-forward a couple of months.
Why am I mentioning it, now? Well, the subject came up on one of NPR's "News and Notes," podcasts and I just got around to listening to it, recently.
Also, something struck me. While asking some Asian-Americans how they felt about the contents of the article (one shop-owner said she's cool with Blacks and some of her Black customers said Eng's free to say whatever he wants, no matter how ignorant), the journalist approached some young girls for their opinion. The young lady responded by saying that while she didn't think Mr. Eng should've said those things, she and every other Asian person knew where he was coming from.
She was more or less saying she agreed with him.
"They jack us."I believe her.
"They make fun of us."
"They say, 'Ching, chong, ching.'"
Here's the thing. I don't dig the idea that all Black people are being painted with the same brush, but I do understand the natural human tendency to associate certain behavior with those who most frequently display it - from your perspective, anyway.
I guess I'm saying that "we" shouldn't be so quick to condemn those who say bad things about us, then ignore our own culpability.
I could just imagine members of my own family, whom I love to pieces, saying how messed-up Eng's article was... all the while ignoring the fact that some of them have been referring to Asian people using "Ching, chong, ching" shit*, since I was a child - and probably well before.
White people aren't the only ones with racist legacies (or racial insensitivity, if you prefer).
Questions and comments are welcome.
* - By the way, I defended Rosie O'Donnell's controversial statements, at the time she said them, and I still do. I think it all comes down to intent.
Rosie's statements may not have been too bright, but they weren't about making fun of or discriminating against anyone. I can't say the same about Mr. Eng.