Can you still say "yellow peril?"

The term “yellow peril” originated in the 1800s, when Chinese laborers were brought to the United States to replace emancipated black communities as a cheap source of labor, NBC explains. Chinese laborers made less than their white counterparts and also became victims of racist backlash from white workers who saw them as a threat to their livelihood. 

NBC also explained that, following the death of George Floyd, signs and artwork bearing the slogan “Yellow Peril Supports Black Power” began appearing at protests and on social media .

It's nice to have NBC around to explain things.

Then we learn that some activists began speaking out against its use, saying it detracts from the movement by equating Asian American struggles with black struggles. “The false analogies end up getting us into trouble,” Connie Wun, co-founder and executive director of AAPI Women Lead told NBC Asian America. 

I can sense the problem.

One thing bothers me and dozens of other Americans, and NBC is no help with this: Is the skin of Chinese people really yellow? So many mysteries, so little time. 

Here's a quiz. Which of these headlines describes a yellow peril?

Then there's:

Ya think?

~ Gudmund

"We live in an age in which it is no longer possible to be funny. There is nothing you can imagine, no matter how ludicrous, that will not promptly be enacted before your very eyes, probably by someone well known."
~ Malcolm Muggeridge

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