UC Berkeley Student Columnist Maggie Lam Attacks the “White Devil,” “Skinny White Girls”
By Emily Zanotti
3:03 pm, July 1, 2016
In pieces for the Daily Californian titled “Speaking Out”, “Fucking White Boys,” and “Choosing Myself Over White People”, Maggie Lam says she’s seeking to “reclaim the “Asian-American narrative” surrounding the immigrant experience. Mostly, however, she describes what it’s like to be a member of an oppressed minority subject to the demands of white, patriarchal rape culture on the famously liberal UC Berkeley campus.
In one column, Ms. Lam accuses her room-mate, “Becky,” of exhibiting the symptoms of white privilege as she and Becky debate whether their dorm, which is transitioning to a “People of Color House,” should be allowed to exclude white residents.
Lam calls “Becky” — an already racially charged name — a “white devil,” and says she “smelled like a skinny white girl” and engages in “microaggressions.” She then denounces white hipsters’ role in oppressing cultures through gentrification — something she refers to as a “white savior circle jerk.”
Lam rounds out her observations by accusing campus white men of adopting a stereotype about “exotic” Asian women rooted in what she calls UC Berkeley’s “history of white, patriarchal rape culture.”
Ya know, I’m sure she could escape her oppressing circumstances … leave Berserkeley, return to the country from which her ancestors escaped. She should be able to learn that language in 2 or 3 years, if she doesn’t speak it already. College tuition is much lower in places like China … if she could get her parents on board, she wouldn’t need a student loan (and wouldn’t need to complain 4 or 5 years from now about how oppressive it is that the bank wants her to pay back what she borrowed).
As one white guy said long ago, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.”.