Throughout my years as a denizen of the Internet, I have noticed a rather peculiar phenomenon: any article, video, or picture that even tangentially involves race will have at least one racist comment. Therefore, I should not have been surprised to have seen, underneath an article about how young women in China often rent fake boyfriends to appease their nosy parents, the following comment: “...and they wonder why Asian girls are going for white guys in droves!” I have no idea how the commenter was able to use an article about meddlesome parents to conclude that Asian men are innately inferior, but that conundrum is irrelevant. What is relevant is the fact that this person is aware of the existence of inequality, but instead of attributing it to prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination, he opted to use inherent superiority/inferiority of races as an explanation. Unfortunately, as we all know, this type of reasoning is all too common amongst those who live lives of greater privilege.
My current goal is to convince People of Color to see how the consequences of racism might be different for different races, but the underlying mechanisms are all the same. Only then can we start to build a coalition to destroy white supremacy.
In this first installment, I would like to introduce the “Yeah, us too” concept (perhaps someone else can come up with a better moniker). Basically, it’s the moment when something racist happens to someone of a different race, but you can completely empathize with their situation. For example, I’m sure you’re all aware of the problem involving the Cheerios commercial, the one that coincidentally includes a black man and his daughter. Their race is not germane to the situation at all, and yet somehow, against all odds, whites figured out a way to be racist. Seriously? They accuse us of “playing the race card” whenever we talk about race and then, very ironically, pull this shit? But I digress, when I first heard of this, I definitely had a “Yeah, us too” moment.
That’s all for now. What do you guys think of my first post? Should I continue with this series, or is it off the mark?