who the hell is kenneth eng?

When I first heard about this, I thought it was a joke... but it is indeed true. I received an email on Friday afternoon alerting me about an opinion piece in the latest edition of AsianWeek titled "Why I Hate Blacks" by Kenneth Eng. I took a look, and it was as blatantly racist as it sounds. I was shocked. AsianWeek is far from perfect, but it's been around for a while, and has established itself as a publication that operates with a minimal amount of journalistic responsibility. So I'm surprised that they'd let an unabashedly hateful piece like this see print. But there it was, on the website and in the print edition as well. I read it over carefully, perhaps looking for the possibility that it was some kind of joke gone wrong. But no, it's just one guy and his ridiculous hate.

I checked back a few hours later and the column had been taken down off AsianWeek's homepage. Upon further searching, I came across some of Kenneth Eng's previous diatribes. The guy has got some serious issues, with inflammatory pieces like Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us and Why I Hate Asians. The self-proclaimed "Asian Supremacist" doesn't really offer any substantial or compelling arguments—just a lot of offensive stereotypes and bitter, self-righteous whining in order to provoke cheap controversy. (Oh yeah, Eng also calls himself "God of the Universe.") I'm really perplexed as to why AsianWeek would allot regular column space to this joker, whose credentials include authoring two science fiction novels nobody's ever heard of. Impressive.

AsianWeek has taken down the column off its website, but I managed to save a copy. By reprinting this, in no way do I support Eng's views. I just thought people should be aware of this piece:
Why I Hate Blacks

Kenneth Eng, Feb 23, 2007

Here is a list of reasons why we should discriminate against blacks, starting from the most obvious down to the least obvious:

- Blacks hate us. Every Asian who has ever come across them knows that they take almost every opportunity to hurl racist remarks at us.

In my experience, I would say about 90 percent of blacks I have met, regardless of age or environment, poke fun at the very sight of an Asian. Furthermore, their activity in the media proves their hatred: Rush Hour, Exit Wounds, Hot 97, etc.

- Contrary to media depictions, I would argue that blacks are weak-willed. They are the only race that has been enslaved for 300 years. It's unbelievable that it took them that long to fight back.

On the other hand, we slaughtered the Russians in the Japanese-Russo War.

- Blacks are easy to coerce. This is proven by the fact that so many of them, including Reverend Al Sharpton, tend to be Christians.

Yet, at the same time, they spend much of their time whining about how much they hate "the whites that oppressed them."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Christianity the religion that the whites forced upon them?

- Blacks don't get it. I know it's a blunt and crass comment, but it's true. When I was in high school, I recall a class debate in which one half of the class was chosen to defend black slavery and the other half was chosen to defend liberation.

Disturbingly, blacks on the prior side viciously defended slavery as well as Christianity. They say if you don't study history, you're condemned to repeat it.

In high school, I only remember one black student ever attending any of my honors and AP courses. And that student was caught cheating.

It is rather troubling that they are treated as heroes, but then again, whites will do anything to defend them.
The Asian American Justice Center has sent out a press release and online petition in response to the column: Asian American Leaders Criticize AsianWeek for Printing Kenneth Eng's Column 'Why I Hate Blacks'. Here's the link to the petition: Act Against Racist AsianWeek Article. Eng sounds like a bratty-ass kid who just want to stir up some sh*t to provoke attention. The people who really need to answer for this are the editors at AsianWeek.

On a really weird note, an internet search revealed this crazy webpage dedicated to hating on Kenneth Eng: Kenneth Che-Tew Eng - Songbook. That's right, an entire page of songs lyrics written about dear Kenneth. Songs include "Kenny's Brain" and "Shut The F*ck Up You Kenneth C. Eng." I don't know whose page this, or why they crafted these songs, but man, they must really hate one Kenneth C. Eng.

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