It’s sure starting to look like New York’s progressives are simply anti-Asian.
Their latest cause célèbre, the “Good Cause Eviction” bill, aims to effectively bring some 2 million apartments in the city alone under a new statewide rent-control regime.
On top of being a sure housing-killer, it’s gotten the city’s Asian community rightfully up in arms.
Strongly represented among the city’s small-landlord community, they see this as yet another oblique attack on them by arrogant, far-off leftists.
Indeed, an association of Chinese landlords, the New York Small Landlords, has been fighting back against prog policies on eviction since the eviction moratorium — disastrous for smaller landlords — was declared in 2020.
But GCE is only the latest in a string of progressives efforts in the city and Albany that have hurt New York’s Asians.
Consider the effort to wreck the Big Apple’s merit-based admissions policies to academically rigorous schools.
The “problem” this aims to correct is precisely that Asian students (many from poorer backgrounds; many the children of immigrants) compete so effectively: 2021 saw them win 54% of freshman seats in selective high schools.
Mayor Bill de Blasio did major damage to the system on his way out of office, banning competitive tests for most “selective school” admissions, but the new administration left it intact in most of the city.
Which leaves Asian-Americans increasingly looking to charters as a way to find excellence in public education.
But the progs hate charters, too: They’re leading the charge against Gov. Kathy Hochul’s bid to allow dozens more charters to open in the city. If the left succeeds, it means no new charters for Asian neighborhoods.
Which explains the recent Asian American parents’ pro-charter rally.
Above all, there’s public safety. The left’s criminal-justice “reforms” helped power a massive rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.
Like the 2022 murders of Michelle Go and Christina Yuna Lee.
When New York’s Asian community raised their voices in response, all they got from the crime lovers in the Legislature and elsewhere was pabulum about “white supremacy” — and a total refusal to budge on the cause of the crimes, i.e. laws that leave murderous thugs free to walk the streets.
It’s no mystery why the left’s policies are so profoundly anti-Asian.
This minority group’s economic and educational attainments blow to smithereens the lies about America being incurably racist that serve as the basis for most progressive policies.
But electoral results — with Asian voters swinging right in the governor’s race and New York’s legislative races — shows that Dems’ policies are driving this key demographic away.
It’s an opportunity for the GOP — and thus for actual democratic rule in the Empire State — if Republicans can only seize it.
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