State of New York Bans Orientals
In a historic move hailed by many Asian Americans, the state of New York has recently passed legislation outlawing Orientals….
Or should I say, the term “Orientals.”
New York Governor David Paterson signed a bill in August 2009 banning the use of “Oriental” in reference to people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in any state documents.
No doubt, some (White) people will say this bill is another example of “political correctness” run amok.
They would be correct about the political nature of this legislation, but not in the way they think.
Paterson’s bill is a largely a symbolic gesture–not unlike the US Government’s recent “apology” for the enslavement of Blacks (over 140 years after the fact), or the state of California’s apology for racist laws against Chinese Americans during the nineteenth century, or Bill Clinton’s apology for America’s illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893.
These actions are ultimately designed to burnish the USA’s propaganda image. The American establishment loves these kinds of meaningless gestures, as they have very little cost politically and are a great public relations exercise.
Indeed, the election of Barack Obama should be considered a prime example of this type of political rebranding on a grand scale.
They don’t call it poli-tricks for nothing.