The Progressive Movement Has Failed Asian Americans


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

From affirmative action to increasing government control, Asian Americans need to quit our blind loyalty to the progressive movement.

The progressive movement has been increasingly reliant on the votes of Asian Americans. With almost half of the Asian American population living on the West Coast, the largest progressive bloc in the country, they support progressive campaigns and candidates in large masses who openly support legalizing race-based affirmative action.

The discriminatory practice of race-based affirmative action has detrimental effects on the Asian American community. The goal of forcing multiculturalism in workplaces and school campuses disproportionately puts Asian Americans at a disadvantage. 

In 1998, Washington State’s citizens voted to completely ban public institutions, workplaces, and school campuses from discriminating based on sex, race, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the areas of public education, public employment, and public contracting. More than two decades later, in 2019, Washington State’s progressive movement and the Democratic Party pushed to repeal those initiatives with Referendum 88, which would reintroduce race-based affirmative action. One year later, California Democrats sought to repeal Proposition 209, a statewide ban on affirmative action, which failed with 57% of California populous voting against the repeal. 

The people’s disapproval of this referendum and race-based affirmative action offers a lot of takeaways, but something I hope all Asian Americans will come to realize  is that the progressive movement has failed Asian Americans. We need to support political leaders, protestors, and activists who promote the interests of our communities. 

During the 2016 election, exit polls showed that 65% of Asian Americans have consistently voted for Democratic and progressive candidates. Most recently, in the 2020 election, surveys indicated that 63% of Asian Americans voted for Biden. With the growing Asian American population, we are the most dynamic minority voting group. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Asian American eligible voters more than doubled, growing by 139% from 2000 to 2020. 

How does the progressive movement reward this robust support from a growing voting minority bloc? They fight for racist policies and programs of race-based affirmative action that work against Asian Americans. 

This racist policy isn’t the only thing that makes Asian Americans incompatible with the progressive movement. Democrats’ strident support for regulations, taxes, and increasing government control has disproportionately placed the Asian American community in destitution. The Trump Administration’s tax cuts, deregulations, and shrinking government policies gave new prosperity to Asian small businesses and mom-and-pop stores. The tax cuts allowed them to pocket extra money because of the decreasing role of the government. Moreover, Democrats’ push to pass the Equality Act and other similar laws threaten the religious rights of Asians, with strong adherence to religious doctrines. These people refuse to comply with laws that support gay marriage, abortion, or other religious-sensitive topics as Asians are among the most robust community of evangelical Christians. 

Even with these policies in mind, a large majority of Asian Americans persistently vote for progressives and Democrats. Asian Americans can quickly shift their eroding politics simply by questioning their loyalty to a movement that failed their community. By voting for candidates who represent the self-interests of the community, we can continue to maintain religious freedoms, fiscal responsibility, and a potent government at the municipal and federal level. It is my opinion that our community should support leaders and politicians—particularly conservatives and Republicans—who place emphasis on hard work, religious rights, and a fairer economy that better represents the Asian American community. Every American would benefit from the crucial votes of Asian Americans who believe in cherishing important principles of our American identity. 

Isaac Yi is a political commentator and writer. He is from Seattle, Washington and is involved in numerous political campaigns, political non-profit organizations, and media outlets. He plans on attending law school after college.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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About Isaac Yi

Isaac Yi is a political commentator and writer. He is from Seattle, Washington and is involved in numerous political campaigns, political non-profit organizations, and media outlets. He plans on attending law school after college.

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