Asian-Americans: A Social-Justice Blind Spot?

The Wall Street Journal had a student forum on the topic of the current uproar over attacks against Asian Americans.

…. Attacks against Asian-Americans are on the rise and the culprits are of many racial groups—whites not foremost among them. When Asians point out these issues with the white-supremacy narrative, we are told (often by white people) to shut up and to stop siding with “whiteness.” My message to Asian-Americans is to be wary of the progressive movement’s sudden embrace of our issues. They will toss us to the curb the moment we are no longer convenient to them.

—Zak Gelfond, University of Virginia, mathematics and economics

It’s not that Asian-Americans are a blind spot for progressives. It’s that the social-justice business model requires perpetual victimhood. The well-being of minorities is important only so long as it can be used as a political cudgel. It simply doesn’t fit the left’s narrative that a minority group can succeed in the U.S. with a culture of hard work and discipline.

The Biden administration dropped the Justice Department lawsuit against Yale that alleged discrimination against Asian-American applicants. It isn’t interested. But when a deranged gunman strikes—in an attack that may have had nothing to do with race, we don’t yet know—President Biden flies over immediately to denounce anti-Asian-American discrimination. This one fit the narrative.

This is why it’s called social justice. The modifier gives progressives the discretion to determine which groups deserve justice at which times. It’s a detraction from one of the most profound thoughts ever to reach the human mind: Justice is blind.

—Rafael Arbex-Murut, Virginia Tech, computer science and mathematics