I came across this lil' gem lurking on YouTube. This guy apparently decided to make a video pointing out that Indians, as he puts it aren't Asian, simply because they do not look Asian, or more accurately what people in the US thinks are Asian. Even more painful is the point at 3:26 when he drags black people into the fray. This struck a raw nerve in me. No one, and I mean NO ONE, has the right to determine whose identity is valid or otherwise, especially for large groups. Only the individual themselves should do so. A good example:
This cheerful young woman is a member of the Semang people, native to my home country. Their physical appearance bears strong resemblances to the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, but linguistically and genetically they are closer to Austronesian Asians.
You see? To me, this indicates the validity of the Out of Africa theory, as the Negrito people, of whom the Semang are a part of, are largely isolated from most human migratory patterns for at least several millennia, if not longer. But wait, there's more. When I gave my two cents supporting subcontinental folks as Asians, user johnisaacs5 decided to defend the guy, spouting the usual crud I've heard before. Best part? He's a white guy. Yes dear readers, a white man decides that he's the right person to determine who's Asian and who's not. Merciless hell, even I don't do that, and I'm as yellow as the life-giving sun! But no, listen he does not.
What this idiot doesn't realize is that there IS NO Asian race, per se. Simply peoples of Asia. The term Asian itself is somewhat unclear, due to the centuries of colonialism wreaked upon us by Western imperialism, as it did to Africa and the Americas. For example, I would consider the peoples of the Middle East as West Asians, which geographically they are. True, Asia is too large and varied a continent to be homogenous either in terms of ethnogenetics or culturally, hence the reason why I point out the inanity of an Asian race. In the minds of Westerners (which I daresay includes PoC born and/or bred there) especially along the US/UK divide, the term Asian conjures up radically different images in their minds.
True, I admit my upbringing is somewhat biased in favor of South Asians, but frankly even if that was not the case, any sane person can tell the sheer stupidity of this whole situation. And on the utterly random chance that johnisaacs5 is a troll of color (which could be possible) that makes it even worse. As Ballisto pointed out before, we face different mechanisms of racism, but essentially it impacts us all the same. Divide et impera, that's what the Romans of old used to say.