Victor Davis Hanson is a classical scholar and a military historian.
While I respect what he writes about warfare in classical Greece, I regard
Victor Davis Hanson as too Eurocentric as a military historian, and I tend to
disagree with his hard right-wing political views. So I don't necessarily agree
with what Victor Davis Hanson (who seems too obsessively partisan in attacking
the perceived American 'Left'
writes in this article.
"The Tangled Web of Race" by Victor Davis Hanson (19 February 2013)
"(Christopher) Dorner's hate-filled diatribe...revealed him to be incoherent,
half-educated, and racist in his stereotyping of Latinos, Asians, and whites....
His chief complaint was against his Asian-American lawyer, who, Dorner claims,
inadequately pressed his appeal. The first victims of his rage against a supposedly
anti-minority police department, then, were the lawyer's daughter and her
mixed-race fiance. Dorner was apparently aware that in modern state
employment, the charge of racism can be an effective antidote for career
disappointment. But he was also clearly frustrated by the race and gender
complexity of southern California."
--Victor Davis Hanson (19 February 2013)
I suspect that if Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence had been a white couple, some
people would not have rationalized Christopher Dorner killing them in 'cold blood'.
"But the Dorner and Martin cases suggest that the old racial binaries are
fossilized and increasingly irrelevant. The United States is now a multiracial
society, an intermarried society, and an integrated society, in which racial
identity is each year more confusing."
--Victor Davis Hanson
I concur with his point on the 'old racial binaries'. Yet Hanson seems to overstate
the facts in writing of an 'intermarried society' and an 'integrated society'.
There's still much bigotry against some kinds of interracial marriage (particularly
white women and black or Asian men), and there's still ample de facto racial
segregation in housing and schools in the United States.
"It is hard to demonstrate to the lower-middle-class white male... that his
supposed 24/7 privilege must be countered by affirmative action accorded to
wealthier Latinos or Asians at Stanford..."
--Victor Davis Hanson
I know of no evidence that any wealthy Asian student would be accepted at
Stanford University *only* on the basis of 'affirmative action'. That might be
possible if this Asian student *also* had some disadvantage (such as a severe
physical handicap) that's not intrinsically related to being Asian. Asian students,
regardless of their families' financial status, usually are not perceived and treated
as a disadvantaged or an underrepresented minority at any American university.
So Asian male students don't receive such consideration under 'affirmative action'.