It upsets me when people forget that Asians have had a nasty history in this country and think that we have it all grand and dandy.
White people did not want any of us in this country for a long time (see: Chinese Exclusion Act), and any recognition of our culture comes in the form of wildly distorted appropriation, like “Chinese” takeout and the appropriation of Asian languages’ characters (because they look “cool”).
And hey, we all look the same, and all Asian cultures are pretty much the same even though they are all distinct and unique from one another.
We don’t get taken seriously unless we are smart, and god forbid if you can’t speak English. Kids think it’s okay to make squinty eyes at me and yell, “Ching chong chang chong” and “Ai-ya!” at me. I’ve been looked on as a communist who wants to take a gun and shoot all the white people in this country. The expectation of society is that either we are making great advancements in science or we are running laundromats and nail salons.
Asian actors and celebrities are far and in between, and the actors usually only play stereotypically Asian roles or roles in Asian-centric films. There are painfully few Asian politicians and leaders in the Western world, because while we are a majority in number in the world, few of us actually have a voice that matters.
The U.S. doesn’t give a shit about Asia unless it’s doing well economically, and even when it’s doing well economically, Asians are suddenly a threat to the U.S. as a superpower. People don’t like to see Asians as anything more than complacent, pale-faced geishas doing things for my “famiry honor” or a militant Red Army soldier. It’s either those or we, especially the women, are a fetish, like feet and BDSM.
Severe human rights violations are occurring in Asia as we speak, but no one in the West bothers to know about them because it’s only Asia. Sure, go ahead with the Asian jokes, but the fact of the matter remains: we are still largely regarded as foreign. We’re either flat-out ignored, not taken seriously at all, or unreasonably feared.
I am a person of color—and for other people of color to act as if the struggles of Asians like myself are not as valid as their struggles is insulting and harmful. Go ahead and piss at me all you want for being wrong about other shit, but don’t you dare act like Asians are somehow just white people with a golden tint.
a white person asks if they can participate in treyvon’s day of mourning because they dont want to offend anyone or be appropriative and gets called a piece of garbage for it
while some poc are clearly not so far up their own ass that they respectfully responded and said yes of course you can
how can people espouse really militant and seperationist politics on tumblr and then call some poor kid who is confused as fuck after reading a million sj blogs that say ‘white people fuck off we dont want you here at all!!!’ a piece of garbage??
U.S. firm The Amazing Jellyfish (theamazingjellyfish.com) takes the bioluminescent bodies of creatures that have died of natural causes and encase them in resin, thus preserving not just their bodies, but also their incredible glow-in-the-dark properties.
That only black folks are popping up on my dash talkin bout Trayvon Martin…where the fuck is the solidarity? Non-black POCs? White folks? No really. Where the fuck are you.
Yeah, that is pretty…
I don’t feel like this is entirely fair. I’m Irish and I don’t believe in racism. The institutionalization of America completely disgusts me. I consider myself an ally for equality for all people. I know people of different races who are completely against racism. When I look at someone, I don’t see race. Race by no means is characteristic to me of who a person is. To the same extent, racism exists against every race. I grew up in an area where people hated white people with a passion. When I was 10 two girls in my class tried to get me expelled from school, their only reason being “they didn’t want to have to look at a white girl in the same classroom”. I was always the only person of my color in the class growing up; in high school two of the only other few white kids at my school committed suicide.
Racism exists as a whole and affects everyone. I honestly am kind of thankful I grew up with racism directed towards me; I am so vocal against hate and educate myself as much as possible. I don’t think I am the only exception, I think there are people of all races and backgrounds who believe this too.
i’m going to ask you one question:
when was the last time you heard a white kid get shot by a complete fucker for ‘looking suspicious’ and get off scot free in DAYS?
i’ll give you a day or two to do some research. you might find a case here and there. but then you should look up at how many black youth are routinely assassinated by white pigs and crackers.
then you can take your ‘racism doesnt exist’ insensitive derailing ass elsewhere.
“In one study, researchers showed a series of images of individuals to test subjects. The participants were told to “shoot” at images that also included a gun. More often, test subjects incorrectly shot unarmed black subjects; they paused, however, before shooting white subjects, which limited the amount of incorrect outcomes. The researchers repeated this study with police officers and found frighteningly similar results: race impacted the subjects’ conclusion that the image was armed. This same instinctive racial thinking could have impacted Zimmerman.”—