Recently, a Missouri House Rep. For Kansas City took a bold stand against trending hateration targeting Asian-Americans.
Don't get it twisted, for the most part we ABSOLUTELY AGREE with Rep. Weber calling out a Republican politico doing bad stand up on the job and ranting about international politics whilst using the lame "China virus" tag. The vast majority of Missouri GOP denizens need to stop playing mini-Trump and focus on fixing garbage Missouri highways or start worrying about the ongoing opioid crisis devastating rural Missouri.
Rising levels of anti-Asian sentiment are, in fact, an American problem that needs to be addressed.
A few examples . . .
Only those ignorant of history will overlook the Democratic Party's troubled past when it comes to persecution of Asian-Americans.
Last week, about 48 hours after Rep. Weber offered her bold defense of Asian-American dignity, a dude was killed on Kansas City streets and became a recent victim of a 2021 homicide surge that's tragically keeping pace with last year's historic number.
The victim was initially identified as a woman.
Whilst words are powerful and can hurt, we contend that rampant gunfire in KCMO is still more dangerous than politically incorrect rhetoric.
After the murder of the Asian teen there was no followup, comment or acknowledgment from the Kansas City Missouri House Rep regarding a rare murder that killed a member of the local Asian community.
Moreover, neither local nor national media want to address growing threats to Asian people in the urban core where language barriers and rampant poverty pretty much make everyone a target.
Sadly, media coverage of the spike in attacks targeting Asian-Americans is exceptionally convoluted.
For instance, try and translate this quote from renowned author Michael Eric Dyson:
Violence against Asian Americans and why 'hate crime' should be used carefully — "Dyson said the Black community, like others, hasn't been untouched by the Trump administration's incendiary rhetoric. And just as the Asian American community isn't immune to perpetuating anti-Blackness, the Black community can be vulnerable to absorbing the anti-Asian discourse."
Here's another recent, equally vague headline and confusing reporting from CNN . . .
At least this link is a bit more direct and offers an upbeat spin:
In the final analysis . . .
We share these links, quotes and questions merely to note that scoring political points and standing up to nasty rhetoric is important but still so much easier than confronting the ongoing slaughter on Kansas City streets that's quickly crossing demographic lines whilst our elected leadership is engaged in constant culture war and divisive identity politics.
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