By Stacy M. Swimp
The national backlash by liberals against U.S. Senatorial Candidate Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), charging his “ad” with being ‘racist,” is as anti-intellectual as any claim that I have ever seen from the left. The ad in no way implies that there are “inherent” intellectual differences among any ethnic group, nor does it imply an individual achievement on the behalf of someone white that suggests that whites are superior to Chinese. The ad also does not promote any manner of intolerance.
The content of the ad was strictly economic in nature and targeted the fact that the US national debt is owned predominantly by Asian economies. China leads the major foreign holders of treasury securities. One can and should debate whether Hoekstra is any way culpable for that debt, in light of his own record as a Congressman, if that is their opinion. That is a legitimate debate, based upon public policy and public record. However, to accuse Mr. Hoekstra of racism and try to diminish the facts he presented in satire is anti-intellectual and reckless. Most of all, it is disgusting.
I must ask the question: is it “racist” for whites to use nonwhites in satire skits now? For Blacks to use nonblacks to role play in the same manner? The malicious attacks of racism against Mr. Hoekstra’s satirical ad is an attempt by liberals to impugn his character and distract from truth. Liberals ought to not only learn to address facts, as did Pete Hoekstra, but they also need to get their definitions straight, folks. Racism is not a protean word that means whatever one’s emotions wants it to mean!
One liberal I spoke with accused the ad of being stereotypical, due to a bicycle the actress was riding: “The actress riding a bike? Not stereotypical? This ad is the mere definition thereof my friend! It is well known that the Chinese rode bikes in droves and many do till this very day. To run this ad as an American is an affront to all Asians who live in this country. Pete shot himself in the foot on that one.”
I suppose that the Chinese are the only people on the planet to ride bikes in droves? How ridiculous is that? Moreover, the actress is not representing a Chinese American, but a Chinese citizen who thanks the Democrat Senator for supporting economic policies that grow the Chinese economy, to the detriment of the U.S. Economy.
My questions to those who are haste to toss the word “racist’ around are: What does “race” mean to you? How do you define racism? Where did you get your definition from?
Seems to me some conservatives do not even think for ourselves and define for ourselves as well. Some of us allow liberals to determine our rules of engagement. That is particularly true when it comes to accusations from the left regarding racism. The moment they accuse us, some of us lose our critical thinking skills and begin setting our agenda in accordance with the accusation, rather than staying on our truth. How unfortunate.
I think the actress in the ad is stunning, for example. I said this to a friend and received the following response: “Yes, Stacy, she is very beautiful. But the clipped English used tends to be stereotypical and mildly insulting because it sounded phony and faked. I just found that aspect tasteless, and thought there were many better ways for Pete to deliver the message than to be insensitive to Chinese Americans who have worked tirelessly to learn and speak our language.”
The person who remarked did not pay attention to the fact the ad was intended to be a Chinese citizen speaking about how American debt benefits her nation. See how knee-jerk reactions sometimes breed misunderstanding? Regarding the alleged dialect or broken English of the actress, how many people in China, Japan, Ireland, Australia, Africa, etc., do you think speak fluid English and sound American? My father served 20 years in the US. Navy. I can tell you, from experience, that most people who speak or try to speak English, who are from foreign countries, do not speak fluid English unless they grew up speaking English as a first language. Nothing insulting about the dialect or English of the (paid) actress.
The morale here is very simple: If you are looking for a fault, easy to find it, even if it is not there. If you are looking for hatred and bigotry, it is easy to perceive it as such, even if it does not apply. Finally, if you are liberal and you assume that every conservative is racist, solely on the basis of disagreeing with your perspectives, there is nothing a conservative can say or do that you will not falsely label as racist. It is much easier to use false labels to dispel truth than to actually face the truth. To Mr. Pete Hoekstra, I say, “You have great taste in actresses, Mr. Hoekstra!” I suppose I can now be labeled as sexist!