Andrew Yang reportedly believes that America may be close to seeing some people shoot Asians — and that they could be White people becoming “more hostile” over time.
The Democratic presidential candidate raised his worries in a video from last year, which resurfaced on social media as his policies of universal basic income, Medicare-for-all and human-centered capitalism gain more recognition.
“So now that I’m running for president, I’ve learned more about the Asian American place in society. And one thing that scares the heck out of me is that this country is heading toward becoming majority minority by 2045. That’s 27 years from now.
“And so there’s a very happy notion in some quarters that the country will just become more tolerant as it gets more diverse. They just figure the math will take care of it, because if you have enough people, everyone will just have to get along.”
“Unfortunately, that is not really the way things play out if you look at historical examples. There are very, very few examples in human history of a dominant racial or ethnic group giving up its dominance over time. That actually is not normal. It’s not normal behavior.
“And so if you look at what’s happening now in this country, you can see an increasingly insecure White majority becoming more and more hostile, truly. And who is going to be the boogeyman of the next 10 to 20 years? Who’s going to be the great rival to the United States in the eyes of American society? China, that’s right.”
Yang, who announced his candidacy in November 2017, was speaking at a Yuan Media event called “A Glance at U.S. Politics from Asian Americans,” which took place in New York City on December 13.
He went on to predict that with White people losing hold of the majority population, they might just start shooting Asians down the streets.
“And so what do you think the attitude is going to be over time for the shrinking, insecure White majority that’s losing their jobs for, let’s say Chinese Americans/Asian Americans?
“I think we’re one generation away from falling into the same camps as the Jews, who were attacked in a synagogue in Pittsburgh like just a couple months ago. It’s like we’re probably one generation away from Americans shooting up a bunch of Asians saying like, you know, ‘Damn the Chinese,’ because there’s a giant cold war even more with China. That is the great danger that I fear that my children are going to grow up in.”
Yang, a former lawyer and founder of fellowship program Venture for America, announced on Monday that he had reached 65,000 individual donors necessary to place him in the first Democratic presidential debate in June.
He will set foot on a crowded stage against Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, among others.
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