I was browsing Facebook and stumbled upon an article titled "Asian Americans: 10 Warning Signs That Show You’re Siding With Whiteness" and really had a hard time taking this serious. It was one of the most accidentally funny things I've read because of how absurd and ridiculous it was. It is literally one of the reasons that people stopped taking far left people serious. If this is the type of social justice warrior nonsense that the left is spewing, well then it's no wonder they're only in college "earning" liberal art degrees. It all makes perfect sense now.
The person listed as the author, Ayesha Sharma, gives ten warning signs to Asian Americans as if it's a way to prevent people from acting white. Acting white means what exactly? I don't even know. I'm white and I just act like myself, so when someone says "acting white" or "whiteness" then I just don't know exactly what that means other than being myself, and I'm a bit on the weird side, so take that for whatever you think it means.
Let's dive into Ayesha Sharma's ten warnings that Asian Americans are being too white.
1. When we appropriate Black culture
We as Asian Americans often offensively appropriate Black styles, Black slang, and pass around memes and GIFs of Black folks — recently dubbed as digital blackface.
The cool thing about the Internet is that there's memes and GIFs of people of all colors. Memes and GIFs are not specifically black people. Style and slang aren't specific to one color or race either. If people want to dress a certain way because that's what they like, then it's fine. This absurd idea that every little thing we do is cultural appropriation of someone is ridiculous. If I wear a hat tilted to the side, am I appropriating black culture? No. If a black person pays taxes, then are they appropriating white culture? No. If I use chopsticks at a sushi bar, am I appropriating Asian culture? No.
Am I racist if I show a funny meme or GIF that has a black person on it? No.
Anyone who thinks differently than me on this is incorrect. Styles and slang are not owned by any culture. Memes and GIFs are a hilarious part of the Internet - even if they are offensive. Sometimes the offensive memes and GIFs are the best ones. Does it make someone a bad person for laughing at them? Not at all. People will laugh at funny things and that's OK. Doing any of the above does not make you a bad person or a racist or a cultural appropriation enthusiast. It's called life and there's a lot of things to do and it doesn't make you a bad person.
2. When we say the N-word
As a lot of you probably know, the N-word was historically used to oppress Black people. More recently, many Black folks have reclaimed and redefined the term.
As an Anthropology student, I can tell you this: reclaiming a word is only possible for an individual who belongs to a group that has historically experienced oppression from that word.
How many people do you hear walking around saying this anyway? I don't hear anyone saying it because no one really ever says it. The only people who truly say it are rappers. Other than that, it's not really a thing anymore. Of course there will be a few people who say it with a hard-R because they are probably a true racist, but that's just a part of life. There will be a few racist people here or there and if you simply ignore their existence, then you have no issues.
Now back to rap - how is it OK for a rapper to use the word 80 times in a song but no one else can use it? People do not and can not own a word. The "N-Word" doesn't mean now, what it meant during the slavery times - a time when NONE of us even existed. The word has been so watered down by rappers that people now use it in the same way they use the word bro, friend, dude, or buddy. When people use the word in a friendly way, then why is no one yelling at them about it?
But that's not real life. Every time Drake or LiL Wayne say "nigga" in a song, are they being racist or hateful? No - they're just being entertaining. They're great artists who utilize the word in context that is not hurtful.
No one really walks around saying this anyway, but if people don't want other people to use a word, then people should stop using the word themselves and that starts with rap music. Although, I love rap and I would not ever ask them to censor words for any reason.
3.When we don’t recognize the ways that we, as Asian Americans, experience oppression
We non-Black Asian Americans with class privilege might not recognize these histories of struggle, and can feel even closer to whiteness on account of the belief that all Asian Americans have lived lives similar to ours.
This is nonsense. If anyone thinks they're oppressed, then do something about it and change your life. No one in America is oppressed unless they make themselves oppressed. Get up, get out, and do something.
4. When we participate in anti-Black humor
It’s my opinion that racist jokes always come from real-life racial anxiety or bias held deep within ourselves.
And 2012 data from the Pew Research Center actually shows that 28% of Asian Americans claim that their Asian American group gets along “not too/not at all well” with Black people.
Incorrect. Some jokes come from the fact that they're just funny. Ever see the play Avenue Q? There's a song they perform called "Everyone's a little bit racist" and it's likely true. Racial and stereotype jokes are often hilarious no matter who or what they offend. When people make fun of white people for the inability to dance, then it's funny. Off-color and stereotypical jokes are just funny to many people and that's perfectly fine. If we can't laugh at ourselves and each other, then we're going to have a miserable life. We all have something funny about us that people can laugh at. I'm a short white guy who can't reach the top shelf at super markets. I need to climb or jump to get a box of cereal sometimes. That's funny. I can laugh at it because it's true and it's hilarious to see me trying to Spider Man my way to get a box of Slim Jims.
5. When we brush off or laugh at jokes about ourselves, our culture, or family’s accents
Asian Americans often play along with jokes about ourselves, our culture, and our family because, deep down, we just want to fit in. We want to be liked and make people laugh.
Because jokes about ourselves IS funny. Jokes are funny. That's how jokes work. Does this person not understand the concept of a joke?
6. When we find comfort in whiteness
When we grow up with white people, we learn to love and care for them. We see white people as fully emotional and complex human beings. This isn’t wrong. In fact, it’s great to be empathetic and understanding.
What is wrong (or, actually, violent) is when, due to our ignorance, we place the emotions of white people over the structural violence that they perpetuate through unexamined privilege — essentially humanizing white people over people of color.
This is incorrect. White privilege is fake. White people don't think they're the greatest gift on Earth since crust-less sliced bread. Literally no one does what this person is suggesting they do. It's also not violent. But you know what is violent? Hundreds of murders in Chicago each year. Antifa members destroying property over free speech speakers. Need I go on?
White people do not humanize themselves over anyone. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Almost everyone in America is kind, giving, and caring of each other regardless of race. It's not until you get to the far right and far left that you see unhinged hate. The people in the center right and left, which is the majority of the country, are good people.
7. When we identify with white systems of thought
Our privilege leads us to identify with systems of thought like political conservatism, white liberalism, and white feminism.
Especially for those of us who don’t grow up around many other people of color, we can grow very comfortable with this thinking.
For example, if we identify with feminism that is actually white feminism, then we continue to not only delegitimize our experiences as Asian American people, but we can largely overlook the urgent importance of practically applied intersectionality in our politics.
I don't even know how to respond to this because it literally makes zero sense. Has this person ever taken a look at the Women's March in which thousands of adult women dressed like a vagina? Maybe that's the type of "white system of thought" she's talking about. That was very embarrassing to America. Other than that, systems of thought aren't identified by color. Your thoughts are your thoughts and no one walks around thinking "wow, I was thinking sooooo Asian today" or anything like that.
8. When we don’t actively mobilize resources for people who have more urgent needs than we do
For those of us with socio-economic privilege, we need to use the resources, access, and wealth that we have to support individuals in our communities who are seeking assistance.
For example, we need to be supporting trans people of color who are seeking survival funds for housing, medical care, and gender-affirming treatment.
Americans help everyone who truly needs it. Look at the welfare system which is perpetually abused. If that's not help and utilizing resources, such as those out of my taxpayer wallet, then what is?
And no - I'm not about to pay for help transgender people get their free surgery or anything like that. If you want to talk about counseling transgender people into loving their original gender and stop pretending they are something else, then I would be OK with my taxes helping with that.
Transgender people are living a fake life and they need mental assistance. They cannot walk around asking other people to pretend a man is a woman or a woman is a man. There's nothing right about that.
9. When we don’t see ourselves as people of color with visions for supporting other people of color
The way that we label ourselves can determine our relationship to social groups — if we’re inside, outside, or somewhere in between. The identifier ‘people of color’ is no exception to this logic.
When we think more about our identities and experiences as people of color, we start to understand ourselves in the context of those who came before us, and the people of different experiences who exist all around us.
Asians are not people of color. People of color are people of color. Technically, we're all some shade of color. For example, white people aren't really white. We're more like a beige or tan color. Why aren't Caucasians called people of color when their skin is clearly not pearly white? I don't want to be called white anymore. I want to be called "light tan" from now on. If transgender people can pick their gender, then I can pick my color, right?
On top of that, people of every color are always supporting people of every color. When are they not?
10. When we don’t love or build community with people of color who are not Asian American
Our distance from people of color who are not Asian American — in addition to our already clear prejudices rooted in white supremacy — does not allow us to empathize with and understand others’ struggles.
I have seen and spoken about this at length with friends of color. White and Asian American people interested in racial justice will often continue to spend time exclusively with white people.
This is another false statement. Communities of all colors help themselves and often each other. Racial injustice can be solved if people stop breaking the law. If criminals stop breaking the law, no matter what color they are, then we won't have to worry about injustice of any sort. If there's less criminals, then there can be less prisons and police.
But that's on US. We need to stop breaking laws and putting ourselves in bad situations. If we get pulled over by police, then we need to follow directions, say thank you, and leave the scene with or without our ticket. Again - that comes down to our personal responsibility as citizens of a country with laws. It's our job to follow laws, not break them.
What this person talks about is mostly self-absorbed liberal propaganda pushing fake narratives. It was posted in a feminist website which should be of no shock to anyone. These are some of the same people saying they want the permission to go topless in the streets, but then have the nerve to berate anyone who checks out their chest.
Americans would be great if the liberal media machines could stop pushing out fake news on racial issues. They're just looking for things to complain about, so they often exaggerate or make things up to spark conversation. But the reality of the world is this - we're fine. Us folks in the middle - of all colors and sexes, we're good to go. The far right and the far left can have each other and do battle if they like, but us folks with a common sense mindset and the desire to do well for ourselves will always get along and always be fine.
Moderate right and left people exist in every color and gender and we will always be OK because we chose to be and we work hard.
Don't let the liberal madness machine mix up your thoughts. Just do a good job in life, be nice to everyone you encounter, and you'll always enjoy yourself as a hardworking American.Posted on September 24, 2017 in Opinions and filed under feminism, social justice warrior.