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Don’t take it out on the Chinese people

Don’t take it out on the Chinese people

Americans are not a hateful people.  In fact, we are more welcoming and tolerant of all peoples than any other country on earth.  It is both our moral foundation and our strength.

Americanism is not based on ethnicity or race.  It is based on a broadly held belief in a range of governing principles – most notably that all people are equal in our humanity and our inalienable rights.  Once we find superiority in race, ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation, we are no longer cultural Americans.  We are no longer good Americans no matter how many times we chose to wave or burn the flag.

In a previous commentary, “America ain’t racist.” I noted that billions of times each day black and white citizens work, play and love in harmony with one another.  The malignancy of racism exists in the hearts of very few Americans – even if those few create a false impression by garnering unbalanced attention.

Today, the Covid-19 virus has created an opportunity for the ignorant few to emerge from deserved obscurity to direct their venom against those of Asian ancestry – especially the Chinese.  It is an abomination and a tragedy.

While it is true that Covid-19 rose out of the city of Wuhan in China – and that the Chinese government lied about the source and seriousness of the disease – resulting in an unnecessarily severe and deadly pandemic.  That had nothing to do with the Chinese people – and even less to those we refer to as Chinese Americans.

It is not easy to understand what level of fear-based hatred motivates people to vent against individuals they do not know based on ethnicity.  It is irrational. Of the hundreds of thousands of people who contract Covid-19, very few – very few, indeed – will contract it from an Asian.  On the other hand, thousands of Asians are risking their lives as doctors, nurses, and staffers in our medical facilities.  Others are working on finding a cure – a vaccination.

I have never harbored animosity against anyone based on ethnicity – or anything else.  Perhaps, my opinion has been influenced by some personal truths.  It was a Chinese American doctor who saved my life and restored my vitality.  It was a Muslim cardiologist and an Indian American cardio-surgeon who teamed up to provide me with a life-restoring quintuple bypass more than 21 years ago —  after a Caucasian doctor screwed up an angioplasty procedure.

Those who take the liberty to insult or assault Asians on the streets are the true UN-Americans. They may have descended in America for five generations, but they do not embrace Americanism. By their action, they show a contempt for American values as an immigration society.  They ignore the contributions their targets make to America – arguably more beneficial than those who harbor racial and ethnic hatred.

While I see xenophobia and racism of all kinds as a marginal issue in America, that does not make it less dangerous.  It provokes and ignites animosities that are better left hibernating under the rock.  There will always be people motivated by racial hatred.  They cannot be obliterated by laws.  That only addresses institutionalized racism as we once saw in the old south and of which we still see the remnants in our major cities.

Personal racism recedes only in the face of education, socialization and the overt example of the good people.  This is not a time to ostracize and target Asian Americans, but to defend them as fellow citizens under assault by the weak, the unenlightened and the social malcontents, who make false claims of being “good Americans.”

As civil rights leader Whitney Young once noted, we only need a coalition of good against the coalition of evil.  That is applicable today as much as ever.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

7 Comments

  1. Steve Johnson

    Racism is politically motivated Those that encourage it are enemies of our value system.

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  2. GRAHAM TREDRAY

    I agree in principle with your article. However, there must be some economic and political pushback to the CCP in China, that was responsible for the economic disaster we are facing today.

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    • Larry Horist

      I am all for punishing the Chinese regime severely. The world community should act in unison to fight against Chinese economic actions based on unfair trade and abuse of Chinese workers. Beijing is no friend of the people. It is classic elitist authoritarianism. Sort of like what the Democrat leaders want for themselves.

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  3. Charles Newman

    The root cause of the virus is Communism. Where it exists there can only be corruption and death.

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  4. Eugene Buckley

    I agree in principle with your article ,america is a tolerant, free, care giving nation while currently seriously devised politically .
    We must not put ourselves in a position where we will be in a reactionary mode and not take action when we have been attacked by a communist nation. We were attacked at Pearl Harbor, twice at twin towers, Korea,etc. we were caught off guard by our political stupidity.
    China must be brought to justice for the murder of so many People worldwide they have also, creative economic disaster greater that the that that this world has not experienced before. Let’s not be naive, China is out to destroy any peaceful nation that will not follow their ideology . Have we not experienced this cruel philosophy., we need a strong nation that will stand up to China before they destroy us and other international countries. I do not belie we should ever initiate action like we did to the Japanese living in America during ww two. However we must remain vigilant and keep an eye on those who would destroy us and for what we stand for. As Bishop Sheen said “I hate communism but love the communists”. As a President Teagan ,said” trust but verify” for God’s sake and for our future, don’t let China attack us again and let’s hold them accountable NOW.

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  5. Patriotkate

    China literally attacked the world using biological warfare. They started a war without firing a single shot. Thousands have died and many are fighting for their lives. They need to be tried for Crimes Against Humanity. They are Mass Murderers.

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  6. Larry Horist

    Agree

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