Reality Check: Real Data on Anti-Asian Hate
“Asian-Americans have undoubtedly been the target of hatred ever since they came to the US,” notes Pradheep J. Shanker at National Review, but “the narrative being pushed of suddenly resurgent anti-Asian sentiment is highly misleading.” It began with a Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism study that found a 150 percent rise in 16 US cities in 2020 over 2019 — based on numbers “so small as to be statistically meaningless” — that suggest “more of a problem specific to” Gotham, LA and Boston. Plus, “FBI statistics show consistently over the decades that young African-American males are far more likely to be the culprits of these hate crimes than whites, Hispanics or other groups.” To truly move “to a more just, multicultural society, we must make policies based on evidence and data, not emotion and reflex.”
Doctor: The Bad Science of ‘Long COVID’
The feds are dishing out $1.15 billion to study “long COVID” based on data collected mostly from people who “likely never had the virus in the first place,” laments psychiatrist Jeremy Devine at The Wall Street Journal. The supposed syndrome is “largely an invention of vocal patient activist groups,” such as Body Politic’s “patient-led initiative,” whose survey showed only 16 percent of respondents claiming “lingering symptoms” had “tested positive for the virus.” Such “symptoms can also be psychologically generated or caused by a physical illness unrelated to the prior infection.” The spending spree “is a victory for pseudoscience and will do more to harm than help” a “large group of impressionable patients.”
Foreign desk: Let’s Export Free Speech
Iran “is shutting down the Internet yet again,” sigh Victoria Coates and Robert Greenway at Newsweek, just as it did during anti-regime protests in 2019. “From our positions on President Donald Trump’s National Security Council” then, “it was intensely frustrating” to be unable to “restore the communications protesters desperately needed to sustain their efforts.” The “NSC worked to remedy this failure” and bypass Tehran’s Beijing-supported firewall. “Existing satellite constellations can now provide remote Internet bandwidth virtually everywhere” at a “modest cost.” China “is ramping up efforts to dominate the emerging frontier of satellite Internet access,” which should “motivate the” new administration “to exploit” our capabilities.
Conservative: Musk Save Sanity
Last week, Elon Musk mocked the wave of PC washing over the nation as a “Woketopia.” The SpaceX and Tesla CEO can speak fearlessly, Douglas MacKinnon avers at The Hill, “because he has created a massive, multidimensional platform” and is rich enough not to worry about cancellation. “Sadly, most Americans” must prioritize the “daily struggle to pay bills and simply survive.” Before “woke ‘cancel culture,’ Americans still had to swallow their words and pride when it came to correcting someone in authority. Now, with woke-ism ending careers and hurting businesses, they are even more terrified to speak their minds or correct the record.” For now, our best hope is people like Musk speaking up without fear of giving offense. And if things get really bad, well, Musk is “literally working to get a representation of humanity permanently off the planet, if necessary, to help ensure the survival of our species.” Godspeed!
From the left: Cuomo’s ‘Good-Guy’ Shtick
Tanya Selvaratnam, who wrote a book about being sexually abused by former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, “wasn’t surprised to see another so-called good guy” — Gov. Cuomo — “bite the dust,” reports MSNBC’s Liz Plank. “We’ve become starved for good guys,” particularly after Donald Trump’s presidency. Plus, Cuomo “actively crafted a pro-woman persona” and even founded “a bogus Women’s Equality Party” to endorse him and beat his female challenger. Now he stands accused of harassing women in private. “Cuomo is the con artist of feminist activism. He personally profited off feminism for political gain” and to control “unsuspecting women.” Selvaratnam urges us not to fear taking out “a public-facing ‘good guy’ but private-facing ‘bad guy’ ”: “There is always someone better.”
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board