A Few Post-Election Reactions

November 9, 2008

I believe the overwhelming majority of people and media have been gracious and classy after last Tuesday's historic events. Obama's win is relevant to Hyphen Blog as his candidacy was supported by most Asian Americans because of the belief that advancing African Americans in some way also advances Asian America.  However, there are a few disturbing articles by White writers that have come out since the election.  Consider this example.  Somehow for this writer it is okay to start writing racist and offensive material now that we have a half-Black President.  It is kind of a similar type of thinking that makes some individuals think they can say racist jokes because their friend or spouse is a minority.  Here is another article about German groups declaring Obama's win is a declaration of war on White America and 'pure' cultures.

Peter Hitchens also has a long, bitter rant because Obama won, and he is predicting all sorts of horrible things for America.  This British writer is on the extreme far right, and in my opinion probably even more biased and crazy than some people you would find for example on Fox News. As I wrote before in a recent blog post, this guy's history of articles include rants against immigrants, people of color around the world, a video mocking Nelson Mandela, and extremely warped and disturbing views pertaining to China.  Every time he writes I can't help but think the guy is mad that the British Empire isn't still colonizing and bringing 'civilization' to the rest of the world.

It will be extremely interesting to read other articles in media in the near future, especially from those outlets which helped create the perception in America that Obama is some sort of marxist, Muslim (as if this is sacrilege), terrorist-loving socialist/communist.


Alvin Lin


Alvin Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan and hails from New England. He blogs about Asian American pop culture, film, music, literature and politics, as well as relevant news around the world. He also writes for Imprint Talk. Alvin has degrees from Cornell and MIT.