August 25, 2015

Wiki: Yellow Peril (sometimes Yellow Terror) was a color metaphor for race, namely the theory that East Asian peoples were a mortal danger to the rest of the world. In the words of the American historian John W. Dower: "the vision of the menace from the East was always more racial rather than national."

As a result of Donald Trump's xenophobic campaign, the term "anchor babies" has become another hot talking point for the field of all candidates running for the Oval Office. For most people, the term is offensive, but not to the right wing base of the GOP. They find it a term of endearment.

Anyway, much of the debate has centered around the offensiveness of the term and when Jeb Bush jumped into the fray, he defended his initial usage by asking if there was another term to use in its place.

Bush: Give me another word.

After being criticized by Hillary Clinton and others for using the term, Jeb has changed his tune and now says he said the term, not to describe Latinos, but Asians!

“What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts,” he said. “Frankly it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship.”

Doesn't that make it all OK? Jeb does support immigration reform and birthright citizenship, but Trump and the base have painted him in a corner. Maybe he'll learn that you can't slander one ethnic race of people to distance yourself against another ethnic race.

Asian Americans were not happy:

Asian Americans, the fastest-growing racial group in the country, were quick to respond on social media.

A 2014 study found that Asian Americans were the least likely of all groups to be contacted by political parties, despite the population's growing political clout. Bush's comments drew criticism that he would further alienate an already-marginalized community before next year's election, as well accusations that Bush was attempting to placate one minority group at the expense of another.

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