Maybe you’ve noticed Andrew Yang’s striking transformation from Democratic presidential candidate to one of the leading candidates to be the next mayor of New York City.
The businessman-turned-politician has done an about-face on identity politics, as the June 22 primary inches closer (early voting began last Saturday).
Here he is in 2019
: “I understand the impulse, but identity politics are a great way to lose elections.”
And here he is in 2021
: “I feel a lot of responsibility to represent Asian Americans in New York City, who feel like their place in New York, their place in America, has been questioned.”
Why the abrupt U-turn?
The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Yang has said that the shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors in March
— an attack that led to the deaths of eight people, most of them Asian or Asian American women — and the ambient anti-Asian prejudice that has hovered over US society during the coronavirus pandemic…