Posted by: Ophelia | July 28, 2008

Gook: John McCain’s Racism and why it matters

The portrait of John McCain painted in Gook is far more disturbing than any racial epithet. A central thesis of Gook: war fertilizes racism, and racism justifies wars and the killing of civilians. This dynamic thrives within the most dangerous leaders of the world. Is John McCain one of them?

Reader Alert: If you buy one copy of Gook: John McCain’s Racism and Why It Matters, I will send you a free copy to be circulated among your friends. You may not re-sell. Limited time offer. Take it before it leaves.

Is anyone planning on buying a copy? Further, does anyone know anything about the author Irwin Tang? The blurb about his book “How I became a Black man and Other Metamorphoses” indicates some fight with Shaquille O’neil over “racial etiquette”. Does anyone know about this? (mid post edit: I just looked it up–the incident referred to is Shaquille O’Neil’s racist joke lobbed at Yao Ming. Tang’s response can be found here.

“The media wishes to reserve its right to poke fun at Asians, and if the media criticizes Shaquille O’Neill for it, they can’t do it themselves. After all, we are the last minority group the media is allowed to trash.”

That’s a very loaded and very problematic sentiment. I cannot judge the content of Tang’s work based on this incident but I like to know what I’m endorsing–you know?)

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Responses

  1. “The media wishes to reserve its right to poke fun at Asians, and if the media criticizes Shaquille O’Neill for it, they can’t do it themselves. After all, we are the last minority group the media is allowed to trash.”

    I think that what he means bu this is that racism against Asian hardly ever gets critqued to the degree that it does against certain bodies of color. For instance we talk about the way that blacks are often presented as rapists murders and thieves but do we discuss the virtual invisibility of Asians in the media. Seriously I can only think of two actors in prime time television. One on Greys anatomy and the other on Law and Order SUV. Invisibility is a form or racism, we just don’t discuss it.

  2. I understand that point, but phrases like “last acceptable prejudice” and the like really bother me. It minimizes rather than emphasizing the struggle in question to me. It just rubs me the wrong way.


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