(Editor’s Note: The Medium report mentioned in the story below is likely fabricated. See our Mea Culpa. )
By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent
A story entitled Why I was an Asian White supremacist published by Medium details the shocking journey of a Taiwanese American girl into the world of neo-Nazis.
Published under the byline of Angie Lee, the story explains how a bullied and ostracized Southern Girl in a small, majority White town learned to hate her own father, her own ethnicity and herself. People called her “ch*nk” and gave her the slant eye. It’s something countless other Asian Americans have gone through, but Angie says her longing for acceptance lead her to make some bad decisions.
“To me, having a White boyfriend would represent the ultimate acceptance into American culture. White culture. It would bring me as close as possible to being a blond haired, blue eyed woman.”
That opportunity happened in high school when she was befriended by a White girl named Kelly. Kelly’s social circle eventually led to a boy named Brandon, a teen she described as overweight and not athletic.
“I was attracted to Brandon because he was White, and in my mind, his whiteness made him inherently better than my Asianness. Dating him would be an improvement; he was the one who was kind enough, empathetic enough, to date a lowly Asian girl like me.”
Brandon joined a Neo-Nazi group and took Angie with him. Eventually Angie would abandon her own family, call her own father a “ch*nk” and even spit on him. Her dad tried to stop Angie from leaving the house and going with Brandon, but Brandon pulled out a gun.
“So complete was my self-hate, so intense was my desire to be accepted as White, that I was willing to stand by and cheer while my so-called friends attacked my father. My father. ”
I won’t tell you how this story ends. I post it only to point out how that feeling of otherness can take you down the road of feeling inferior, of rationalizing that you are unworthy, of desiring so badly to be accepted that you would do anything-even join a White Supremacist group.
I’m not making excuses for Angie because she made her own decisions and no one forced her to make them. Obviously not everyone subjected to racial slurs takes the path Angie did.
White supremacists who give Asians a pass from their hatred are no better than those that don’t. Their venom is no less putrid than that of any other Nazis. We must stand against racism of any kind, irregardless of who it directed against. We cannot be co-conspirators in the world of bigotry.
We must be strong, brave and fearless in taking the stand on the side of respect and tolerance.
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