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Posts tagged racism.

Mother of 8 Asian American kids? Still racist.

For those who have ever thought [inexplicably] that the parents of mixed race kids are post-racial. *Note, not all mixed race parents engage in this sort of fuckery, but this is some pretty disgusting bullshit.

ikenbot:

Star Trek: Into Whiteness

If there’s one thing that most fans of Star Trek will agree on, it’s the fact that Gene Roddenberry’s vision for the show — and, more optimistically, for human society — was predicated on the idea that all life is valuable, and that the worth of a person should not be judged by their appearance. Much of this was done through the old sci-fi trope of using aliens to stand in for oppressed groups, but Star Trek didn’t rely on the metaphor; it had characters who were part of the ensemble, important and beloved members of the Enterprise crew, who were people of colour. It had background characters who were people of colour. And, here and there, it had anti-heroes and villains who were people of colour … one of whom, Khan Noonian Singh, became well-nigh iconic.

Image 1: “Who is your favorite villain?” ; Actor John Cho (Lt Sulu) answers.

Image 2: TOS Khan looking at a watercolor of himself. Yes, he’s wearing a dastar (Sikh turban)

Image 3: Cumberbatch and Montalbán (as Khan)

And who is now being played by white actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the new JJ Abrams reboot movie, Star Trek: Into Darkness.

We’re all cynical and jaded enough to know the standard dismissal when it comes to matters of media representation: Paramount Pictures and most film studios are not interested in diversity or visibility, they only care about the bottom dollar. Star Trek as a franchise is too much of a juggernaut to affect with boycotts. There are too many people who love it, who love those characters and that world, and will go to see the movie. And for some of these people, this devotion to the idea of a future where even South and East Asian men get to pilot a starship and love swashbuckling, where Black women make Lieutenant on the Enterprise and actually get the boy, will be trivialized and eroded and whitewashed when the most formidable and complex Star Trek baddie becomes a white man named Khan.

It wasn’t perfect in the 60s when Ricardo Montalbán was cast to play Khan (a character explicitly described in the episode script of Space Seed as being Sikh, from the Northern regions of India). But considering all of the barriers to representation that Roddenberry faced from the television networks, having a brown-skinned man play a brown character was a hard-won victory. It’s disappointing and demoralizing that with the commercial power of Star Trek in his hands, JJ Abrams chose not to honour the original spirit of the show, or the symbolic heft of the Khan character, but to wield the whitewash brush for … what? The hopes that casting Benedict Cumberbatch would draw in a few more box office returns? It’s doubly disappointing when you consider that Abrams was a creator of the television show Lost, which had so many well-rounded and beloved characters of colour in it.

Add to this the secrecy prior to release around Cumberbatch’s role in the film, and what seems like a casting move that would typically be defended by cries of “best actor for the job, not racism” becomes something more cunning, more malicious. Yes, the obfuscation creates intrigue around and interest in the role, but it also prevents advocacy groups like Racebending.com from building campaigns to protest the whitewashing. This happened with the character of the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, as well as ‘Miranda Tate’ in The Dark Knight Rises, who ended up being Talia al Ghul but played by French actress Marion Cotillard. This practice is well in effect in Hollywood; and after the negative press that was generated by angry anti-oppression activists and fans when Paramount had The Last Airbender in the works, studios are wising up. They don’t want their racist practices to be called out, pointed at, and exposed before their movies are released — Airbender proved that these protests create enough bad feeling to affect their bottom line.

So the studio has now found a way to keep it secret and underhanded. Racebending.com was there for most of the production of The Last Airbender, and were even able to correspond with Paramount Pictures about it. This time, for Star Trek: Into Darkness, their hiding and opaque practices has managed to silence media watchdogs until the movie’s premiere.

As I said, this racist whitewashing of the character of Khan won’t affect how much money this Trek movie makes. And I’m happy that the franchise is popular, still popular enough to warrant not only a big-budget reboot with fantastic actors but also a sequel with that cast. I’m happy that actors I enjoy like Zoë Saldaña and John Cho are playing characters who mean so much to me, and that they, in respect for the groundbreaking contributions by Nichelle Nichols and George Takei in these roles, have paid homage to that past.

But all of that will be marred by having my own skin edited out, rendered worthless and silent and invisible when a South Asian man is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch up on that screen. In the original Trek, Khan, with his brown skin, was an Übermensch, intellectually and physically perfect, possessed of such charisma and drive that despite his efforts to gain control of the Enterprise, Captain Kirk (and many of the other officers) felt admiration for him.

And that’s why the role has been taken away from actors of colour and given to a white man. Racebending.com has always pointed out that villains are generally played by people with darker skin, and that’s true … unless the villain is one with intelligence, depth, complexity. One who garners sympathy from the audience, or if not sympathy, then — as from Kirk — grudging admiration. What this new Trek movie tells us, what JJ Abrams is telling us, is that no brown-skinned man can accomplish all that. That only by having Khan played by a white actor can the audience engage with and feel for him, believe that he’s smart and capable and a match for our Enterprise crew.

What an enormous and horribly ironic step backwards. For Star Trek, for media representation, and for the vision of a future where we have transcended systemic, racist erasure.

(via RaceBending)

(via jillianpms)

angryasiangirlsunited:

zuky:

Receipts, receipts, we got em, quite literally. Here are four receipts which have gone public via internet in the recent past:

  1. “Ching” and “Chong” — That’s what Chick-Fil-A labelled two UC Irvine students in December 2011. The image was posted on the internet, blogged on tumblr, and the offending employee named Lia got fired amid much defensive PR fluff from Chick-Fil-A.
  2. “Lady Chinky Eyes” — That’s how Papa John’s in New York City referred to Minhee Cho in January 2012. Cho tweeted the receipt, prompting Papa John’s to post on apology on its Facebook page and terminate the offending employee.
  3. “Chinx” — That’s how Hooters in Fresh Meadows, Queens, described Kisuk Cha and his girlfriend when they ordered wings and shrimp there in September 2012. Cha sued. The employee resigned and as far as I know the lawsuit is ongoing.
  4. “Ching Chong Lee” — That’s what CVS in New Jersey named Hyun Jin Lee in February 2013. Following Cha’s example, Lee has filed a lawsuit. CVS says the employee will be “counseled and trained”. 

They keep giving us these receipts and we’ll keep filing lawsuits. Let’s do this.

Always keep fighting.

(via knowledgeequalsblackpower)

publicshaming:

Wondering what movie to see this weekend? Look no further than the film about North Korean terrorists invading the White House, Olympus Has Fallen!

What’s that you say? Oh, you’re one of those people who need to hear some reviews first? Not to worry! These fellow movie goers’ tweets are sure to sell you on the film:

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Whenever I see someone use that specific slur, I wonder how old could they possibly be.

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“Good Mercian movie.” Mitt Romney gives it two thumbs up.

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(P.S. The villains in the movie are North Korean.)

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There are a ton of these “now I hate all Asians” tweets on Twitter now…

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…but that above tweet specifically led to this amazing conversation:

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“Typical Asians.”

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At least she knows what she is, I guess?

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Wait a minute…take a close look at who “favorited” that last tweet.

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Fuck this movie. Fuck these racist assholes. Post-racial Merikkka strikes again…

(via thisisnotjapan)

CONGRATULATIONS GAVIN MCINNES, YOU'RE A RACIST! →

fascinasians:

Fascinasians and 18MillionRising.org are pleased to present Gavin McInnes with our inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Hipster Racism. His recent “Tackling Asian Privilege” is a shining illustration of Mr. McInnes’ leadership in making racism cool again. His writing exemplifies the master using the master’s tools to renovate the master’s warehouse loft — but y’know, the master has black friends and even knows one Asian guy who agrees with him; so calm down, it’s all good my Ninjas.

A shrewd social strategist, Mr. McInnes deflects acknowledgement of his own white privilege by pinning it on Asian Americans (we very much look forward to your “Tackling Black Privilege” article, Mr. McInnes!). He then calms the unwashed masses and yellow hordes crying “Racism!” by reminding these decidedly un-hip, hyper-P.C. dum-dums that statements like, “in America, Asians live a disproportionately advantaged life where things are simply handed to them” and “These arrogant Orientals…need to recognize they got to where they are not by the virtue of hard work but by stepping on the backs of others”— are simply the artful execution of irony and satire that anyone with half a funny bone and a pair of skinny jeans should understand. Comedy Gold! Racism Immunity!

Since Asian Americans are all too square to “get it,” Mr. McInnes has even done them the service of explaining exactly why his article is satirical, and reminds us “IT’S COOL TO BE A VICTIM BECAUSE IT’S COOL TO COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW HARD LIFE IS.”

From his founding of hipster bible VICE Magazine to his commentary on FOX News, Mr. McInnes’ insights into the Oriental experience and his ability to both speak for and about people of color make him an outstanding ambassador for contemporary race relations.

“CONGRATULATIONS GAVIN MCINNES! YOU’RE THE GODFATHER OF HIPSTER RACISM! ”

Click through the link to let douchebag McInnes know just how you feel.

For context, his article was the one that I was talking about in this post, encouraging him to choke on a box of saltines. Giving him this award is also a good alternative to the saltine thing.

Hipster racism = still just racism.

Me: *stands up in sweater and button up to say goodbye to friends at the far side of the table*
White Guy: “ARE YOU GUYS OPEN OR WHAT? JEEZ, I NEED SOME SERVICE HERE!”
Me: “The fuck? I don’t work here.”
White Guy: “I….”
Me: “Fuck you, whatever. You order from the front anyway…”
White Guy: “I… uhhh…”
Me: “Fuck you, whatever.” *sits back in my seat and goes for the last piece of shrimp tempura

This shit happened to me a little while ago at a Japanese restaurant.

above, via angryasiangirlsunited

Last thing I want to add in on that Russian Vogue train wreck…

Russia has a huge Asian population east of the Urals. So naturally, they use an American model of German/Swedish (and possibly Icelandic) descent for this? Really? That’s yellow face, and it’s perpetuating the Eurocentrism of western Russia and the marginalization of Asian Russians.

Fuck Russian Vogue.

More enlightened, 1950’s Seuss… “If I Ran the Zoo”

"With helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant,"

Dr. Seuss in the 1950’s y’all- after he felt real bad about his anti-Asian/anti-Japanese cartoons

Pro-Tip

When Japanese Americans call bullshit on Dr. Seuss cartoons with racist depictions of Japanese Americans, and your defense against our calls of “that shit hurts and is racist as fuck” are “But he felt bad after the atomic bombings [massacres], and even dedicated a book to a Japanese friend!”-

You are just as involved in the same bullshit we were calling out in the first place. You don’t shit on a person, say you’re cool with their cousin, and everything is peachy. It doesn’t work like that.

Happy Valentines Day…

Fucking America… :-|

Happy Fred Korematsu Day!

If you aren’t familiar with Korematsu’s struggle, read more about him here.

He stood up at a time when people like me were deemed threats the the state, rounded up, denied our civil rights and civil liberties, carted off to America’s concentration camps. Korematsu wasn’t the only one to challenge the injustice of internment, and so on this day in Denver, I also like to remember Minoru Yasui who also challenged.

The SCOTUS ruled against Korematsu in the 40s saying basically- “We’re not persecuting you because we’re racist, it’s just that you can’t trust the Japanese.”

Korematsu’s fight reminds me of the length of our struggle and the necessity of standing alongside others who face persecution at the hands of our government. Remember his struggle and may it fuel us all to fight alongside all oppressed/persecuted sisters and brothers.

shhimsleeping:

some of my favorite #IfSantaWasAsian tweets

oh yes let’s not forget

Yup… Even on crimmis they stay with this racist anti-Asian fuckery…

"Positive" stereotypes still function under the rubric of white supremacy.

lovenjustice:

That is,

White racism is a pathology looking for a place to land, sadism in search of a story.     — George Lipsitz

Being interpreted as cute or sexy, and yet still dehumanized, results in harassment and assault that is considered “flattery” rather than what it is — racist. 

From Asian Women: Rape And Hate Crimes

“I repeat: these stereotypes are dangerous. Reducing Asian women into a sexual object is not funny, it is not flattering. It is perilous. We can see this when Asian women are subject to race-targeted sexual violence. The racist nature of the crimes go unrecognized and unpunished, as if there is nothing wrong with choosing a rape victim because she is Asian.

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But in rapes and sexual assaults targeting Asian women, I can find no instance of prosecutors or police bringing “hate crime” charges. It seems our society frowns on the rape itself, but accepts the racial motivation behind it. Mainstream society simply is blind to this type of racism. Indeed, the Spokane police detective handling the case wrote in an email to me: “It was felt that there was no hate involved instead he [the lead rapist] was very infatuated with the Japanese race.” (sic).”

That the stereotype was “positive” or “negative” makes no difference to the victim.

(via amazing-how-you-love)

On Institutionalized Anti-Asian Racism…

One of the things that sat with me earlier was around the idea of systemic anti-Asian attitudes in the same structures of white supremacy. Note that this post is not to position as a wedge or derail from discussions of institutional racism and, specifically, anti-Blackness. This post is more intended as a reminder about Asian American history, historical structures of anti-Asian racism in the US with a view towards the impacts that they hold in structures persisting to this day. If I do overstep in any way, please check me on it. I stand unequivocally against anti-Blackness, from white folks and from communities of color.

I think that it’s important to recognize that racism in Amerikkka is not strictly a Black/white binary. White supremacy functions at differing levels of oppression for different groups as a structural way to “reward” light skinned folks and endow some privilege on certain groups as a tool against Black folks, and in part against the communities upon which they are conferred. Do Asian (specifically, light skinned east Asian American) folks have privileges that Black folks don’t? Yes. Absolutely, and we need to recognize and deconstruct our complicity in white supremacist power structures. Do east Asian American folks hold privileges that are not afforded to South, South East, and PI folks? Yes. Does immigration status play a part in the exercising of these privileges and relative privilege? Absolutely. Are those privileges an equality with white folks? No, and I don’t think that we should be complicit in aspiring to anti-Black privileges of white supremacy.

Do API/As still experience the effects of institutionalized discrimination? I think that there is something to be said for that.

A lot of privilege comes from institutionalized and inherited privileges. Looking at our enclaves (something that came up before), can be illustrative. Chinatowns, Nihonmachis, Manilatowns, K-Towns and other communities did not arise out of a desire to be kitschy white tourist attractions. The latter part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, particularly in western state, had heavy impacts from anti-Asian discriminatory policies and outright racism. Things like the Alien Land Act in California restricted the rights of Asian immigrants to own the land they worked, or the homes they lived in. A lot of the racism faced by early migrants to the US (a large portion of them agricultural workers) limited their access to housing and, as a result, inherited wealth- something consistently shown as a privilege of whiteness. A lot of these same communities still suffer from access to public services, poverty, and a host of other issues. Many of the communities that popped up were for protection, mutual aid and provision for a community faced with rabid anti-Asian racism. These images are both from the early 20th century:

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Anti-Asian riots were common and violent occurrences during the same period.

There are lots of other examples of where Asian Americans experience the ‘bamboo ceiling’ or the recurring inability of the entertainment industry to believe that Asian Americans can play Asian/Asian American characters convincingly (see also, Miss Saigon Controversy). Let alone seeing Asian Americans in leading roles or positive, affirming and complex characters other than stereotypical tropes and side-characters.

Disaggregating our communities is also an important part of seeing the complexities of our communities. Checking out the realities of some Asian American communities, particularly South East Asian, is a very different reality from the privileges that east Asians have (y’all should check out PrYSM, and support their work if you are able). Looking at the profiling and police-immigration enforcement that occurs in some of our communities that leads to massive deportations of refugees or being gunned down by police while unarmed, is also something we need to be aware of.

Alongside this, we have the desexualization of the Asian male, they hypersexualized fetishization of the Asian female (as broader categories, though gender and sexuality shift some of these narratives, but still usually towards a position empowering white fetishization of APIA bodies). The perpetual foreigner and fear of a yellow planet that constantly reappear in public discourse. Obviously, there are a lot more pieces of racism that are so diffused throughout the structuring of US society, that it probably isn’t relevant to enumerate them all.

I think that as APIAs, we do experience structural racism, but in a different way than Black folks. We also need to remember that there are Black folks that are APIAs. We need to remember that, and fight the anti-Blackness that does appear in our communities. We need to remember that a lot of our politicization came from solidarity with Black folks and Black Power- that we should be standing in support of Black folks, rather than fighting for a place in white supremacist power dynamics that shit on all POC, but specifically on Black folks. 

My apologies. This post probably could have, should have been written better- too many distractions around right now.

ETO- there should also be additions around the realities that South Asian folks face to this. I’m not the best to address these issues, but Islamophobia, anti-Desi violence, and the impacts of a lot of the same legislation that targeted east Asian folks in the late 19th/early 20th century also targeted them. This should probably be a whole post. One that i’m not qualified to write.

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