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  • Porteus Mays 12:54 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Asians, , ,   

    empty conversations 

    “My mom says I’m getting too dark, because apparently my skin isn’t beautiful even to my mom if it’s not white. ”

    Just an Earthling

    A day in a life, just observing the conversations around me.

    In school they teach us about the victories of the American Revolution, how we saved those “savages” by taking their land, exploiting their resources, how we won WWII, how our righteousness is so great that we must arm middle eastern countries (“No, not because of their abundant oil reserves, but to save them”). Apparently, everyone in the world needs saving. In my history textbook, you can find 1 page about the atomic bombs in Japan, maybe a paragraph about imperialism in the Philippines, a paragraph about the KKK is just briefly mentioned. But everything they don’t teach us was never “Americas’ fault”. My history teacher chuckles as he teaches the lesson, white kids don’t dare to stare at the one black kid. Soon the lesson is over, now they can go back and pretend racism doesn’t exist, history classmates…

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  • Porteus Mays 12:21 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Asian Issues, Asians, , , minorities,   

    Racism: More Than a Black and White Issue 

    “Where do Asians fit within the concept of racism? Why is our experience of racism ignored? Why are our issues made to be seen as less important? Of course, the Asian experience of racism is more varied than what I have spoken about. It is more complex than that.”

    Unapologetically Rosie

    This post has been influenced by the BBC’s broadcast of Robert Kelly and his family, during the discussion concerning North and South Korea. It led me to reflect more on my own experience, as well as the experience of other people I know, when it comes to racism.

    BBC Broadcast

    The video sparked debates about whether Jung-a Kim was the nanny or the mother of the children in the video. People claim that thinking Mrs Kelly was a nanny was just stereotyping, not racism. However, they have based their stereotypes on her ethnicity. Is this a form of mild racism? To me, it is the equivalent of assuming all Mexicans are drug dealers, or that those who practice Islam are terrorists, which is not true! (Those who say you cannot be racist when it comes to Islam, I beg to differ. People do not stereotype white Muslims as much as…

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