It started when I was in kindergarten, and I was so proud I did not have to go to Bingo class, unlike my friends, because I could speak good English -
although I had no idea what a yellow dog that could spell had anything to do with Chinese.
(I figure out now that it was probably called Bilingual class)
I am lucky. I speak the fluent, accentless English of newscasters, the dialect spoken by the children of immigrants, that we learned not from our parents but rather from watching Sesame Street and other things on tv.
Last year, a white facebook friend of mine posted, “In order to celebrate Chinese New Year, me talk rike chinese man arr day.”
And then told me that she was “sorry I was offended” and “she didn’t mean anything by it” when I (nicely, sweetly) told her that that shit was not okay. She said that she saw it the same as doing an accent, like Irish. Or British. Or Italian. (for bonus points, she even said that she has lots of Asian co-workers and friends, and LOVES Asian people, and so is not a racist.)
And when one of my white friends gets drunk, he thinks his “Asian accent” is hilarious.
And I was told by a coworker about the time my Asian coworker mispronounced “Barroway” as “Bwawwoway” and how hilarious it was.
Here’s the thing - can you guess how many Asian people I know who actually say
me from _____
me so solly
(or, if you like, the fetishized versions: me so horny, me love you long time)
if you said ZERO, then ding ding ding! Congratulations, you have working brain cells.
No, my misguided fb friend, the “Asian accent” is not an actual imitation of an accent, comparable to your bad British/Irish/Italian - but rather a mockery of Asian people and their supposed inability to speak English. It is the perpetuation of the image of Asian people as perpetual foreigners in America.
Like that time when my family was at an Italian restaurant, and we were speaking to my father in Cantonese, and a drunken white lady said very loudly, “GOD when you come to this country at least learn the language!”
Or when my father was pulled over for speeding, and although he said “what’s the problem, officer?” the first thing the state trooper said was, “Do you speak English?”Your fake “Asian accents” are not harmless and silly, because at the root of the joke, it says - you, you are stupid. You cannot speak English. You are Other. You do not belong.
my parents have been in this country for 30 years. They have been American citizens for 30 years.
And they are very self-conscious of their imperfect English, afraid that it makes them look ignorant, knowing that it marks them as immigrants. That, after 30 years, you can still be told (in not so many words) that you do not belong.
The Cultural Revolution started in China when my father was 13. He was pulled out of school and, later, sent to work in the fields. (He escaped to Hong Kong when he was 18, but that is another story for another time.)
When my father came to this country, he had a middle school education and did not speak a lick of English. He worked as a busboy at a Chinese restaurant, the evening shift that ran until 3 or 4 in the morning, and went to school during the day.
It took my father ten years to earn his bachelor’s degree. He is now an engineer.
Is this not your “American Dream?”
When my mother came to this country, she spoke very little English. She got a job as an entry level clerk. Over the years she earned one promotion after another. She is now management at a large federal agency, and manages funds for the whole state.
Is this not your “American Dream?”
And my father didn’t understand why his coworkers said, “flied lice, flied lice!” to him over and over and laughed.
And my father is still afraid to speak in a professional setting, even when he has ideas.
And my mother still checks and double checks her professional e-mails with me, for fear of mockery from the same people she manages.
And people don’t understand why I can’t take a harmless joke. Why I don’t think that shit is funny.
No, I don’t “rikey.”
No, I won’t “love you long time.”
And no, I’m not sorry.
So, please, kindly - FUCK OFF.
- moniquill (on red face & cultural appropriation)
I’m just going to reblog this again, since some people apparently need reminding.
DING DING DING DING.
A lot of times, white people call things or people racist as a joke or a generic insult. For instance:
- In response to someone expressing a preference for white shoes over black shoes
- In response to someone saying something that offends them for some unrelated reason
- In response to expressing connection to a particular ethnicity
- In response to mentioning that white people are white and it matters
It’s not ok to do this because:
- Jokes like that work by assuming that calling someone or something racist is inherently absurd
- Which rests on the assumption that there is never a *real* need to call someone or something racist, because it rests on the assumption that real racism is over except for a few fringe groups with no power
- But racism is still a problem, and it still does tremendous harm to people of color
Using “racist” as a joke or generic insult sends the message that you refuse to acknowledge that racism is still a problem. It sends the message that you have contempt for people who point out racism. Don’t do that.
Same goes for any ~ist or ~phobic jokes in this manner
Hoping to get this boosted, because maybe it can save someone from hard times and get them a job at whatever establishment this racist ass manager is at.
(this was on NYT FB article posting about a (Black) mother Google searching her unborn child’s name to see what connotations and future it could hold for him)
And then you have people justifying this action. But a meritocracy exists right?
i need people to be a team and not worry about “tamisha” so even if you hire a black woman she isnt really part of the team anyways…but just work hard and shit, you’ll get ahead, even when these are the blessed job creators who will save the nation…and leave too many black women behind purposefully
I just googled his name + racism, and I found this comment on a thread… oh my god…
shut the fuck up
Shout out to @wontbetelevised for the post that brought this to my attention. I’m not reblogging because I’ll be damned if I post something that links my blog to all those people who posted the edited picture on the right and proceeded to bask in their own false superiority at the expense of the mythical Welfare Queen.
But yeah, you can imagine the anti-Black, mutual mind-masturbation sessions that erupted in response to the second image.
Oh, look at the original image again. What’s that on her left hand? On the ring finger? WHAT????? A married Black woman? They exist?
Here is original post and following commentary (from this moment, Mon morning). I didnt want to reblog either, as sagginpants mentions it glorifies the OP’s racist woman hating. Its definitely worthy of our attention! this photo shopping tactic is being used to slander people more frequently- moral of the story if you see something suspicious like the racist obviously altered meme above, look a little closer.
this is so much better yes thank
did she get a haircut
no she’s not in uniform
Is that a new bow?What the actual fuck
new lipstick colour
I’m thinking it’s the blush application
Def the blush…
she was black until she was important.
Because this will always be relevant it seems.
Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.
This is one massive reality check, folks.
This replicates an old study where the participants were younger and vandalizing a car. The results? The white boys’ behavior was typically characterized as “mischief” and was not reported. The black boys? Not so much. (I wonder how long it would take me to find…)
And in the vandalizing car study, the white kids got away with it IMMEDIATELY.
Also, some man called the cops on a BLACK FAMILY SLEEPING IN THEIR CAR ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PARK (They were the relatives of the black boy actors)
He described them (the SLEEPING BLACK FAMILY) as dangerous, getting ready to go and ROB SOMEBODY.
Black people who are fuckign ASLEEP AND UNCONSCIOUS ARE CONSIDERED DANGERS TO HUMANITY OVER WHITE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMMITTING A CRIME RIGHT IN FRONT OF PEOPLE’S FACES.
Dean Fullerton, who only looks about 10 years old, had this to contribute on a poll that asked “Do you think the Maori seats should be abolished?" And today I learnt that "WPWW" means White Pride World Wide and now I really wish I hadn’t.
I would add more insightful commentary but I’m honestly just too disgusted.
The first thing you really need to understand is that the definition of racism that you probably have (which is the colloquial definition: “racism is prejudice against someone based on their skin color or ethnicity”) is NOT the definition that’s commonly used in anti-racist circles.
The definition used in anti-racist circles is the accepted sociological definition (which is commonly used in academic research, and has been used for more than a decade now): “racism is prejudice plus power”. What this means, in easy language:
A. Anyone can hold “racial prejudice” — that is, they can carry positive or negative stereotypes of others based on racial characteristics. For example, a white person thinking all Asians are smart, or all black people are criminals; or a Chinese person thinking Japanese people are untrustworthy; or what-have-you. ANYONE, of any race, can have racial prejudices.
B. People of any race can commit acts of violence, mistreatment, ostracizing, etc., based on their racial prejudices. A black kid can beat up a white kid because he doesn’t like white kids. An Indian person can refuse to associate with Asians. Whatever, you get the idea.
C. However, to be racist (rather than simply prejudiced) requires havinginstitutional power. In North America, white people have the institutional power. In large part we head the corporations; we make up the largest proportion of lawmakers and judges; we have the money; we make the decisions. In short, we control the systems that matter. “White” is presented as normal, the default. Because we have institutional power, when we think differently about people based on their race or act on our racial prejudices, we are being racist. Only white people can be racist, because only white people have institutional power.
D. People of color can be prejudiced, but they cannot be racist, because they don’t have the institutional power. (However, some people refer to intra-PoC prejudice as “lateral racism”. You may also hear the term “colorism”, which refers to lighter-skinned PoC being prejudiced toward darker-skinned PoC.) However, that situation can be different in other countries; for example, a Japanese person in Japan can be racist against others, because the Japanese have the institutional power there. But in North America, Japanese peoplecan’t be racist because they don’t hold the institutional power.
E. If you’re in an area of your city/state/province that is predominantly populated by PoC and, as a white person, you get harassed because of your skin color, it’s still not racism, even though you’re in a PoC-dominated area. The fact is, even though they’re the majority population in that area, they still lack the institutional power. They don’t have their own special PoC-dominated police force for that area. They don’t have their own special PoC-dominated courts in that area. The state/province and national media are still not dominated by PoC. Even though they have a large population in that particular area, they still lack the institutional power overall.
F. So that’s the definition of racism that you’re likely to encounter. If you start talking about “reverse racism” you’re going to either get insulted or laughed at, because it isn’t possible under that definition; PoC don’t have the power in North America, so by definition, they can’t be racist. Crying “reverse racism!” is like waving a Clueless White Person Badge around.
This is so important. Print it. Frame it. Publish it. Hand it out to people everywhere you go. Get it tattooed on your forehead. Memorize it. Preach it.
i cant believe this
“i feel karishna”
this is a joke right
I LITERALLY CAN’T WITH THIS.
This is not surprising in the least.
DO NOT WATCH THIS IF YOU ARE IN A BAD MOOD YOU WILL PUNCH A HOLE IN YOUR FUCKING WALL
altering your vocabulary to exclude harmful terms makes the world a more enjoyable and safe place for you and the people around you and also it is not very hard trust me i did it and i don’t do much
psa: feminazi is a fucking disgusting term that compares fighting for women’s rights to genocide.
it was coined by rush limbaugh (that alone should be enough to make you stay far far away from it)
it is a racist term, and it is disrespectful to marginalized groups who suffered in nazi germany (so jews, rroma, lgbt folks, people with disabilities, etc.)
do not use it.
if you disagree with feminists: do not use it
if you are a feminist: do not reclaim it
New Zealand has massive social stratification, and so child poverty is hugely rife among Māori and Pasifika communities. The government is finally starting to address this a little bit with a (frankly, not great) meals-in-schools program.
This is how white people reacted.
I fucking hate this piece of shit, racist fucking country. I am so tired. Kids are starving and people are outraged that ~the Māoris~ are stealing their taxes.
Jesus Christ, they aren’t even trying to mask their racism anymore. This is actually a cartoon that says ‘look at the Maori and Pasifika folk stealing welfare from the decent deserving white kids’
The only acceptable way to receive government support is to be white - PoC receiving state help are bludgers. (receiving help from the state that continues to actively create and push systems that fuck over Maori and Pasifika people).
Assholes! Get the fuck out of my country you racist pieces of shit