oyceter: (racism)
Oyceter ([personal profile] oyceter) wrote2008-08-04 20:42

IBARW 3: International racism

[livejournal.com profile] keilexandra's post reminded me of a rant I've had brewing. (On a side note, this post isn't meant to argue with hers, as I completely agree with her post. Like [livejournal.com profile] yeloson says, "Where you stand with intersectionality is really about what you're looking for—are you looking for social justice for all of us? Or are you just looking for someone to pull their foot off your neck, without worrying about whose necks you may be standing on yourself?")

I was in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai for the past two months this summer, and I cannot even count the number of times I heard anti-black comments, from "Oh, that place is so unsafe, so many black people!" to "OMG she's dating a black person and it will RUIN HER LIFE!" Before ranting about how racist Chinese society is (and oh, it is) and having people once more use that as an example of how bad Chinese people are, I would like to note: where do people think this prejudice is coming from?

Obviously, there are not cities and cities in China and Taiwan filled with black people for the media to make histrionic reports about. Most TV shows in Taiwan don't have sassy black sidekicks or Magical Negroes. But turn on the TV, and what do you see but bad HBO action flicks with the black guy getting killed, or all-white TV shows from the US (and sometimes the UK, but mostly the US), or news on the New Yorker cover of Obama. I'm also guessing that when the West began to trade with China, the ideas of the skience of race were probably brought over as well, complete with the placement of Asians above black people and Native Americans in the hierarchy (but all below white people, of course).

Six hundred years of white colonialism leaves its mark, even on areas that have suffered relatively little when compared to others.

... which is not to excuse anti-black sentiment, because choosing to side with the oppressors, no matter what the incentives? Still made of lose.

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[identity profile] skywardprodigal.livejournal.com 2008-08-05 19:11 (UTC)(link)
Let's talk about the drawbacks, shall we?

Let's talk about what's happens to hundreds of years of placing a premium upon written education when the supervision and teaching of black children is plaaced completely in classrooms run by white people who act as if black children are of inferior intellect and potential.
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well...

[identity profile] delux-vivens.livejournal.com 2008-08-05 19:16 (UTC)(link)
i was thinkin gin terms of what happens when black people are no longer allowed to have control over the creation and distribution of their own culture, but education works too.
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Re: well...

[identity profile] skywardprodigal.livejournal.com 2008-08-05 20:48 (UTC)(link)
Oh, that. Yeah. That's another bad, too. But when the people about whom these stories/songs supposedly are happen to be shut out of creating these stories/songs...

I need to go find me some deep fried sesame jean dau. And some black cake. Because all of this makes me very sad, especially since it seems as if the despite and disrespect leveled against us is the (fake) road to becoming modern and prosperous in the global economy-n-society.

Who was desegregation supposed to help?