Restating the obvious: Tibetans are Asians.

A Tibetan
“We have now sunk to a such a depth, that the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”George Orwell, circa 1946

Tibetans are Asians.  They’re non-white Asians.

What more can, or ought, any wielder of Occam’s Razor say in response to the latest chunk of hyperabstract hackery by Adam Minter?  Here’s the money quote in his hack-job: “The Protests, the Olympics, and Race”:


how can one miss the fact that the most vocal torch protesters (in much greater numbers than Tibetans) are white, while the most vocal torch supporters are Asian?


Well it might be a “fact”, but has it really been “missed” or glossed over? More to the point, does it mean anything other than what ought to be obvious?

What ought to be obvious is:

1.  Most people in France and Britain and America – where the torch protests took place – are White.  Of course there are more of them in the audience than Asians.

2.  The population of Tibet is small. The numbers of Tibetans in France, Britain and America are VERY small, partly because Tibet’s population is small, and also because native born Tibetans sympathetic to the Dalai Lama are not likely to be allowed out of China. That’s why you saw more Whites than Tibetans at the protests in those Western countries. Why does this even need to be pointed out? Why in God’s, or Marx’s, name is anyone taking Mr Minter’s observation seriously at all?

3.  Tibetans are Asians. It requires a preternatural kind of contempt for the obvious, for one such as Mr Minter to attribute White support of Tibetans to “racism”.

QED. Enough. The remainder of Mr Minter’s hack-piece deserves no further commentary, except perhaps for the especially loathsome, dishonest anecdote he appended:


Finally, in hope of rounding out this uncomfortable (for me) post with a dose of optimism, I highly recommend Tommy Tomlinson’s fine story on former UN Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young for  Young, as many Americans remember, was also a senior aid to Martin Luther King, and was present at King’s assassination. In Tomlinson’s article, he comes out as a strong supporter of the torch relay:


In 1965, civil rights marchers were beaten by police as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. In 1996, Young crossed that same bridge, Olympic torch in hand, as part of the torch run to Atlanta. Selma schoolchildren, black and white, walked by his side.


“So, 1965 to 1996, how many years is that?” he says. “All that progress in that amount of time. That was a powerful symbol. That’s what the Olympics is about. That’s what the torch means.”


So, in other words, in some kind of retroactive time-warp mechanism of causality, the Olympic Torch was a proximate cause of the progress which America’s civil rights movement achieved from 1965 to 1996?  How – come on, Mr Minter, please tell us – HOW did the Olympic Torch contribute to the achievements of Dr Martin Luther King and America’s civil rights movement?

Contemptible, dishonest rubbish.  Oh William of Occam – thou “Invincible Doctor” – please, kindly revisit this World, not with your razor, but with your technologically updated paper-shredder and cyberspace “SPAM” filter, “Occam’s Spam Filter”.


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8 Responses to Restating the obvious: Tibetans are Asians.

  1. Adriana says:

    Ah, Ned, me lad, this is the old multiculturalist argument that if we object to other peoples’ practices, that shows that we feel superior to them, and that true broadmindedness means accepting what you would find horrible in your own culture.

    So you have to smile and accept the Chinese government brutality towards dissenters, because if you do not, that shows that you are a racist.

    Shades of Orwell, and of his mentor, G.K. Chesterton, who first noted the use to language to disguise the unacceptable.

  2. Ned Kelly says:


    Considering how many of the protesters in London were Irish (of whose country I am one of the diaspora), and as recently as the mid-1800s the English and Anglo-Americans considered the Irish to be
    “non-White”, maybe there were more “non-whites” among those protesters than one might have assumed!

    In the 1991 movie, “The Commitments” set in Dublin, the (superficially “White”) Irish band leader, Jimmy, explains to his band,

    “The Irish are the Blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the Blacks of Ireland. And OUR (poor) part of Dublin are the Blacks of Dublin! So say it once, and say it loud: I’M BLACK, AND I’M PROUD!”

  3. Ned Kelly says:

    PS, wonderful clip from “The Commitments”, here:

  4. nausicaa says:

    this is the old multiculturalist argument that if we object to other peoples’ practices, that shows that we feel superior to them, and that true broadmindedness means accepting what you would find horrible in your own culture.

    Um, no. That is the old cultural relativist argument. It has little to do with true multiculturalism.

  5. Ned Kelly says:

    Nausicaa, I agree that it has little to do with true multiculturalism, of which both Catherine and I are fierce advocates. But it does have a lot to do with what is fashionably and opportunistically CALLED “multiculturalism”, which is just an ongoing rehash of the bloody stupid “Frankfurt School” of bastardised Marxism saying, “White Males bad, all non-white-males good.”

    Catherine and I are very pissed off at that kind of opportunistic hack-academic thinking, precisely because she and I both care VERY much for authentic multiculturalism, which remains, alas, very rare among the Western intelligentsia, including those who have hijacked the cause of “multiculturalism” for their own cynical and opportunistic purposes.

    Anyway, Nausicaa, warm greetings; we’re delighted to hear from you.

  6. Ned Kelly says:

    PS, Nausicaa, I should have written, “White males bad, all who are neither male nor white are good.”

    Just in case you might have noticed the grammatical weakness in how I had stated it before this correction. I’m a perfectionist about grammatical clarity, you know. 😉

  7. Ned Kelly says:

    PPS, and of course, non-white crippled lesbians are best of all!

    (Insert a hundred “sarcasm” emoticons here – but not directed at you, Nausicaa.)

  8. Ned Kelly says:

    PPPS, and on that note, this is what MY FAVOURITE PARROT has to say!
    (Not to Nausicaa, but to the PC heirs of the Frankfurt school):

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