Wagner: ‘To Be Asian In This Moment Is To Be Reconciling The Amount Of Pain & Injustice’ | Deadline 1

Wagner: ‘To Be Asian In This Moment Is To Be Reconciling The Amount Of Pain & Injustice’ | Deadline


Contributing writer to The Atlantic Alex Wagner, NBC News White House Correspondent Geoff Bennett, and president of the National Action Network Reverend Al Sharpton discuss the rise in awareness around the injustices and attacks against Asian-Americans, and what action President Biden can take in this moment. Aired on 03/19/2021.
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Wagner: ‘To Be Asian In This Moment Is To Be Reconciling The Amount Of Pain & Injustice’ | Deadline


  1. The GOP has gotten themselves in a mess of problems, now they are actually not just supporting hate and violence they are promoting it.

    1. @evil khor you have just shown that you make incorrect assumptions about things. Do a little research before you spout off.

    2. @evil khor We plan to return to the states after the completion of our current assignments. Whining abroad is great for remaining in the loop.

    3. @ammo9 loaded What a handle. “ammo9, loaded” Jeeze! Count me out, although I do agree with your comments.

    4. @evil khor Nobody likes “pay-back” and I’m not sure what you’re talking about. White supremacy? A preference for a white only culture? Oh c’mon, now who’s the ‘snow-flake’? Get real dude.

  2. Early on in the pandemic, people laughed and mocked me when I shared stories about painful racist comments made to me during the pandemic. It was terrifying and so incredibly demoralizing. It’s real. It doesn’t matter if you are born here and your parents came here in the 50’s: I am seen as foreign.

    1. @Black ButterFly And try being Asian, during a pandemic, and being unfairly (& incorrectly) associated with a country and virus that has killed millions and changed the lives of the entire world, forever. Raising awareness of the hate against Asian Americans takes nothing away from the hate and discrimination African Americans face every day. The point is we should stand together instead of compare two wrongs.

    2. Don’t bite my head off for asking this? Why has the cop who spoke to the press not being professionally challenged for his egregious rhetoric? A minority commits an atrocity and we quite rightly call them a, “monster.” A white guy does the same thing, and we’re not even calling it Terrorism? It’s just, “having a bad day”??? The insidiousness of that is what’s SO destructive and egregious. I’m not saying anything hyperbolic, like, “Take his badge,” or anything dumb like that. But, he should account for his attitude? He’s scaring minorities by taking that attitude! And they’re right to be scared!

    3. @Black ButterFly Accepted. Not True! Not All Whites! Two camps; those that want Equality and those that want White-Supremacy.


  4. Republican racism is like COVID: just because they don’t admit it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

  5. Trump’s racism is like COVID: just because he doesn’t admit it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

  6. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    1. Galatians 5:19-21 “The works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that THOSE WHO DO SUCH THINGS WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD”

    2. @Jason C. Wow! That’s a f*ck-ton of people not in the will. Not even talking about the sexual sins here. Enmity, strife, envy, rivalries, fits of anger – that leaves most Americans these days, starting with the Capitol insurrectionists, sitting in a handbasket on their way to Not the Kingdom of God.

    1. @Gabriel: …based on what!?

      Donald Trump was stoking the fires of racism using nationalism a decade ago when he gleefully accepted the leadership role in the white supremacist `cOnSpIrAcY tHeOrY` that Barack Obama was not born in the United States of America! It has long-since been proven that he did that with that long-since disproven pile of bigoted trash.

      You’re welcome!

    1. Elaine Chao (or any other Asian-American) is not obligated to comment on anything. Only idiots will say “silence equals complicity.”

  7. Bring Alex Wagner back to NBC/MSNBC! Since she left, she’s grown as an investigative journalist and has done an amazing job on “The Circus”. They need more Asian diversity anyway; Only can think of Richard Lui, occasionally, on the weekend now.

  8. I had a relationship with a woman from Hong Kong. She was originally introduced to me as “Winnie” which surprised me. The first time we went out I asked her why she had the name Winnie. She said that the teachers from England that taught at her school gave EVERY young Chinese child an English name because they said they couldn’t pronounce Chinese names (and, mark, these were so-called TEACHERS).

    I asked her what her parents, family and friends at home called her. In HK, she told me, it was the tradition for the father to name the child, and he gave her the birth name of Siu Wan. What’s so freaking difficult in pronouncing that? I asked her if her name had a specific meaning. Can you imagine a beautiful girl with a name that means “A dream fulfilled” being cognitively and culturally insulted by being re-named ‘Winnie’ by a complete foreigner?

    From then on (with her permission) I called her, and introduced her to all others, by her real Chinese name (or the diminutive version of it – Ah Wan – that her parents called her). Respect for others often begins by getting their name right. We all know that.

    And we also know its corollary to be true: we can readily abuse someone by insulting their name.

    1. Ironic that “teachers” are so incapable of learning that they can not address a child by her real name. I am sure the kids in the class would have no problem, unless the teachers had already taught them racism.

    2. I am glad you voiced this understanding, which is so basic and necessary in any multi-ethnic society, and in a global world. This practice of renaming to accommodate to westerners is mostly glossed over without a thought. Making the effort to say names from different cultures accurately is the first step in respecting diverse identities. Sometimes we can bear two names to represent the complex being of who we are, and that is alright too.

  9. This is what makes me more proud of being a SGI-USA member. We have all cultures from America in our organization. To slander a human is our main teaching but also with actions.

  10. Gotta say, Al Sharpton has acquired some wisdom now in his mellow years I hadn’t seen before, way back in the 80’s. I love him more now for his calm clarity and goodness!

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