If you substituted “China” or “Islam” for Russia, the mainstream national media would denounce the racist reaction to the war in Ukraine.
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, now is a bad time to own a business associated with Russia. Or anything else that the ignorant associate with Russia.
Vandals hit Russia-linked restaurants in New York and Washington, D.C. Other Russia-linked restaurants across the country have been threatened. Some have received a deluge of negative reviews online.
Sveta Savchitz, the owner of a restaurant that serves Russian cuisine, received an email saying, “Go home.” She moved here nearly 30 years ago — from Ukraine.
In Vermont, a bartender poured a bottle of Stolichnaya. Despite its Russian name, this vodka is made in Latvia. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, floated the idea of ”deporting all Russian students from the United States.”
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has canceled a performance by a Russian pianist prodigy who opposes the war and has family in Ukraine. An Italian university even interrupted a series of lectures on Fyodor Dostoyevsky, before going back.
This is absurd. Putin is mean. Russian immigrants are not responsible for his atrocities.
In other circumstances, the mainstream media would trip over itself to label this racism and blame it on the president.
Just remember the 2020 coverage of Donald Trump calling COVID-19 a “Chinese virus.” Many outlets called it racist and later blamed Trump’s rhetoric for fueling anti-Asian acts.
Then there is 9/11. A major theme after the attack was fear that Muslim Americans faced hate crimes. George W. Bush even gave a speech on September 17, 2001, declaring, “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam.”
But on major anniversaries of the attack, the media will still run stories about America’s supposed bigotry. “20 years after 9/11, Islamophobia continues to haunt Muslims,” ABC News reported on 9/11.
By this flawed standard, the media should be inundated with thoughtful pieces about the bigotry unleashed by Biden.
This double standard is not just a bias, although it does play a part. It is based on the left’s identity politics worldview, which defines people primarily by the groups to which they belong.
This mindset believes that some groups are powerful and oppress other groups. Some groups are weak and oppressed. People can belong to different victim groups based on their gender, race, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.
Ukraine and Russia are predominantly white countries. According to the left’s worldview, white people cannot experience xenophobia because they are the most powerful racial group. But look around you. They are.
Another example. In 2001, a religious group suffered 55.7% of hate crimes motivated by religious bias. They were Jews, not Muslims. Yet 20 years later, the media continues to run stories about rising anti-Muslim prejudice, even as Jews have suffered more hate crimes. It’s strange, unless you remember the hierarchy of intersectionality, which places Jews as more privileged than Muslims.
It’s an imperfect way of seeing the world. Judge people based on their individual actions, not group dynamics.