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Andrew Yang spoke at a Democrat event in Iowa this year. Last week, ultra-right wing radio host Jesse Lee Peterson put Yang's ideas on blast by attacking him for his race.

Right-Wing Radio Host Jesse Lee Peterson Makes Bigoted Attacks Against Candidate Andrew Yang

Radio host Jesse Lee Peterson attacked Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang with bigoted comments last week.

“There is this little Asian guy or Chinese guy or whatever he is, he should go back to China or wherever he came from,” Peterson said. “You allow these people to come into our country and they come in with their socialist, communist ideas. … Can we send this guy back to wherever he came from? Let him go over there and give away free stuff. Why is he coming here to turn America into the place that he left?”

He began his Aug. 4 show criticizing Yang’s proposal that would grant all U.S. citizens over the age of 18 $1000 a month from the federal government, labeling it as “communist” and then mocking Yang for his Asian heritage.

He then hearkened back to common xenophobic rhetoric, telling Yang to “go back” to “wherever he came from.”

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Yang was born in Schenectady, New York to Taiwanese immigrants.

He then called into question Yang’s masculinity, a common hateful jab against Asian men used to put them at the bottom of the hegemonic masculinity hierarchy.

“What a sick person,” Peterson said. “Beta male.”

Historically, this trope has been used to shame Asian immigrants for the “feminized” roles they commonly played in the workforce throughout much of U.S. history, according to a paper on bigoted myths against the Asian-American community by Yingda Guo.

Yang did not “come from” Taiwan, because he was born in the U.S. Not to mention the Government of the Republic of China, commonly known as the Government of Taiwan, is democratic and capitalist, not communist.

Guo’s paper further explains this othering of Asian-American men, saying, “Asian American males are not only portrayed as socially awkward people without any masculinity, they are also portrayed as “forever foreigners” who do not fit in the mainstream American norm. Many films and TV shows perpetrate and reinforce the “forever foreigner” stereotypes of Asian American men: The media tends to make fun of Asian American men.”

Peterson, a Black minister who once thanked God for slavery, hosted an anti- NAACP rally and said African-Americans “lack moral character,” has also mocked Yang before. When Yang broke down in tears at an August campaign event when speaking about how gun violence took the life of a four-year-old, Peterson called it “a bunch of crap.”

“Poor baby,” Peterson said. “I think that’s a stunt, too. I don’t think it’s real.”

Last year, CNN’s Piers Morgan cut Peterson’s mic off after he denounced Black Lives Matter for being founded by “lesbians and homosexuals.” He also took to Twitter last year to call President Trump the “great white hope.”

Yang’s seemingly-outlandish $1000-a-month universal basic income idea he calls “the Freedom Dividend” has certainly pushed him to the margins of the presidential race. His supporters have complained of a #YangMediaBlackout. Yang is number six in the polling average, the fourth tweeted about during debates, but the 14th most written about in news articles and the 13th most mentioned on cable news as of last month, according to Axios.

However, though Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Gov. John Hickenlooper and many others have dropped out of the 2019 Democratic presidential race, Yang is still in the running.

3 Comments

  1. Jesse has been insulting black people for years … you, diversityinc had not said nothing until he attacked a yellow man … okay …

  2. Michael ramsey

    Jessie Lee peterson is right he should take his self back to Taiwan where his parents came from. He is a communist and a beta male. His fake crying about the thought of his children being shot was a joke. And this website diversityinc is ran by a bunch of radical feminist and soy boy beta male’s. Calling Jessie a bigot. He’s black. so he cant be a bigot. Thats your left thought process about other African Americans. As the left eats itself I just keep enjoying the show. Your writing is garbage diversityinc.

  3. Yang’s $1000.00-a-month universal basic income proposal is — certainly — novel, but I would hardly call it “outlandish.” Right now, in America, we have lower income Americans receiving cash benefits through welfare. In addition, some working-class parents receive cash benefits through the Earned Income Tax Credit, AKA “negative income tax.” Corporations and higher-income individuals receive various subsidies, incentives, favorable tax treatment, etc. There are at least a couple of pilot projects underway, providing individuals basic income payments very similar to Yang’s plan. The loss of manufacturing jobs and the developing loss of other types of jobs due to artificial intelligence pose the threat of serious social and economic disruption in our Country. Yang’s idea is simply one response. I am not a Yang supporter. However, I have watched the two Democratic debates. Yang received less time in those debates than did the other candidates, probably because of the sheer unlikelihood of his winning the nomination. Nevertheless, he took very good advantage of the limited time he had, coming across as very prepared and polished, and attempting to introduce himself to the World by providing a lot of information about himself, and seeking to establish an emotion connection with the audience.

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