Samantha Bee examines the history of anti-Asian racism in the U.S.

April 15, 2021 at 07:03

Hate crimes against Asians in the U.S. have risen dramatically , with almost a third of Americans blaming China or Chinese people for the coronavirus pandemic.
Asian people are being assaulted , stabbed , and killed with alarming regularity, prompting many to feel apprehensive about being out in public.
"Anti-Asian attacks are happening out in the open for all to see," said Full Frontal host Samantha Bee noted during Wednesday's episode.
"It's like if Pennywise didn't bother hiding in the sewer and just went shopping for kids at Chuck E.
Racism against Asian people has a long and disgusting history in the West, featuring arson, lynchings, and massacres.
"The government turned anti-Asian racism from a general mood into official policy," said Bee, listing a whole slew of U.S. laws that have discriminated against Asian people.
"Most of these race-specific barriers [to immigration] weren't removed until 1965, meaning white Americans were allowed into space before many Asians were allowed into America," said Bee.
Bee further examined Hollywood's contribution to the current wave of anti-Asian hate.
These issues aren't just in the past either, with Bee pulling up a horrifically racist scene from 2012's Ted as an example.
"You can always count on Mark Wahlberg to practice non-violence toward Asian people," quipped Bee, which literally made me gasp.
Wahlberg was convicted of assault in 1988 after beating a Vietnamese man — unfortunately not the only incident of racial violence in the actor's history.
If you're after a more in-depth, personal look at this topic, check out Eugene Lee Yang's new documentary We Need to Talk about Anti-Asian Hate, which is free to stream on YouTube.