By Tony Sokol
West Virginia Republican Senatorial Candidate and coal baron Don Blankenship would never call a kettle black, but he would call an African-American a Negro to get people’s minds off the china people. You know the china people, they are a mix of soft-paste porcelain with bone ash and kaolin. According to latest fake news, Trump has not yet declared war on Kaolin, but Asians are pointing, and not quite laughing, at a dangerous trend in political mudslinging.
Primary elections are happening right now in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina, and in the current environment, anything goes as far as political ads. One candidate is actually running on a bigotry ticket. Blankenship was looking right into the camera when he called Asians “China people.” Don’t expect Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “China family” to invite Blankenship’s family over for dinner any time soon. As the TV Show Friends pointed out, Chinese food is just called food in China. Tonight the McConnells are having roast beef.
“Asian Americans Advancing Justice is outraged and exasperated that once again, as midterm elections start to heat up, a candidate for elected office believes that saying blatant racist statements is appropriate,”Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, said in a statement.
“This most recent ad is yet another example in a long line of political advertising used to incite animosity or race-based fear of Asian Americans and other communities of color.
It is clear that Blankenship wants to use the myth of Asians being perpetual foreigners as a way to raise fear and concern among West Virginia voters. This is the same kind of tactic that led to shameful moments in U.S. history such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
It’s time to for voters to say they have had enough of this stereotyping and fear-mongering. We urge voters in West Virginia to reject Blankenship at the ballot box and encourage voters across the country to reject candidates who campaign based on racism and fear. America and Americans are better than this.”