Conservative political pundit Ann Coulter, often at the centre of controversy for her anti-immigrant views went on Twitter and blasted an Asian American reporter who published an article about Immigration and Customs Enforcement senior advisor Jon Feere, and how much he likes Coulter’s “racist immigration writings.”
Some of the articles Hananoki cited in his piece, written by Coulter, included Islamophobic comments, including "What's the upside of admitting 250,000 poor, culturally backward, non-English-speaking Muslims every year? We want remarkable Americans, not immigrants whose selling point is: 'hasn't blown anything up yet'.”
Hananoki, an investigative reporter for Media Matters received a barrage of insulting tweets from Coulter about his ethnicity.
In one tweet she said:
An Asian is going to explain racism to us. Apparently it has nothing to do with black people. It's all about IMMIGRANTS.
It went downhill from there
People were quick to come Hananoki's aid
Others pointed out that what she said is racist
Ann Coulter’s comments about minorities in America is a bit all over the place in terms of accuracy. To imply Asian American aren’t targets of racism in America is both disingenuous and historically inaccurate.
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was the first piece of nationwide legalisation that excluded a group of people – Chinese labourers – from entering the US via a 10-year moratorium. That was eventually made permanent and extended to other Asian nationalities (these were lifted in 1965).
During the Second World War between 110,000 and 120,000 Japanese Americans were rounded up, taken from their homes and placed in internment camps across the country. Their crime? Having Japanese ancestry during a time the country was in conflict with Japan.