The Pony Express has arrived two years late in the Chinese community.
That’s what it felt like to me when I heard about the recent flap over a racist rap song from Compton Hip Hop artist YG which was released two years ago. The song Meet the Flockers, if it doesn’t encourage people to target Chinese Americans, certainly implies that Chinese Americans households are easy targets to burglarize.
First, you find a house and scope it out
Find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts.
Second, you find a crew and a driver, someone who ring the doorbell
And someone that ain’t scared to do what it do.
Third, you pull up at the spot
Park, watch, ring the doorbell and knock.
Four, make sure nobody is home
They gone, okay it’s on
Don’t be scared, nigga, you’re in now
If the police come you gonna find out who your friends now……………..
Word recently surfaced in China about the song and chatter began to spread. Before long, the controversy landed in the United States via We Chat and other social media. San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim is demanding that You Tube remove the song from its site.
“Paired with the video’s imagery, which juxtaposes scenes of a home invasion with close-up visuals of weapons and framed photos of an Asian family, the message being sent is clear: Asian American households are vulnerable, and make for ideal targets.
“The lyricism and imagery of this video is deeply offensive to Chinese Americans, and dismantles community-based efforts that seek to build positive race relations among African Americans and Asian Americans,” said Kim.
It’s unclear to me why all this is happening now two years later. My hope is this isn’t being perpetrated by elements in the Chinese community who have been outspoken against those who have sided in the Asian community with African Americans over Black Lives Matter, affirmative action and other issues.
Some of the comments left about the song on You Tube are bothersome. There’s a way to press your concerns about the songs racist nature without being racist yourself.
Fighting racism by being racist yourself doesn’t make sense. Doing so denies you the moral authority to speak out.
Having said that, should You Tube pull the video? Should the record producer stop all promotion of the song? Yes, the nature of the song is unacceptable.
Raging against the world is one thing. Inciting violence is another.
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