Through The Static

August 13, 2008

Are Asians the New Invisible Man?

Filed under: Culture,Race — disciplepete @ 5:58 pm

Good article, check out the whole thing, here’s some of it. Huffington Post:

In the category of Things We Already Know, a new USA Today/Gallup Poll finds that most Americans believe “racism is widespread against blacks in the United States.” As is to be expected, the degree that people hold this belief is dependent on their own race — black, white or Hispanic. The survey in and of itself is worth taking a look at but, like I said, doesn’t exactly stun with unexpectedness.

Except for one thing…

What was interesting to me was that a survey about how “most Americans” feel about racism and minorities didn’t include responses from Asian-Americans.

They’re not minorities? They don’t have views on racism?

Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders make up only about 5 percent of the population, so by default maybe they lie outside the strict definition of “most Americans.” But the poll was culling a variety of racial attitudes, and it managed to include views of racism against whites. You’d think if the survey had room to include views on the pervasive systemic oppression whites suffer through (now go back and read that sentence sarcastically), they’d take the time to chat up an Asian or two.



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