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So… my last post got me some nasty asks… but i’m too lazy to reply to all of them, so I will just write one post.

A lot of the asks implied that I didn’t know anything about racism or that I had not experienced any form of discrimination because i’m half white, and in their opinion I can “pass”. I just wanted to set the record straight.

YES I’VE BEEN THE VICTIM OF DISCRIMINATION/RACISM IN THE PAST. My visuals are abiguous. Every person that looks at me sees something a little bit different. Some people think i’m full white. Others think i’m full asian. Some people think that i’m hispanic, and still others just look and me and try to guess. I’ve heard everything from Puerto Rican, to Inuit, to Russian. Becuase of this, i’ve been through a lot of shit.

When I around 6, I was beaten by a full grown man because I had “dirty blood”. I’ve been called a spic, and cracker, and a chink, sometimes in the same day. I’ve had people tell their kids not to play with me. I’ve had people straight up ignore my existence. I’ve been followed in stores. I once had a Korean substitute teacher call me things I don’t care to repeat. I’ve heard tons of slurs against both of my parents. I’ve been told that I “don’t belong” in certain places/groups.  I’ve been spit on. I’ve had someone tell me to my face that I don’t count as a Korean person because i’m half white. I’ve had customers at my job ask for someone that can speak english, even after talking to me for a couple minutes. (By the by, I speak english fluently, and am pretty much accentless due to my Air Force brat upringing. Just a few slight traces of Australia and Philadelphia, but nothing to lead someone to think I don’t speak english.) I’ve had family members tell me i’m not American because i’m asian. I’ve been a spectacle, and something dirty that should be hidden. I’ve been told to stop “acting asian”, completely discounting the fact that I lived in Korea till I was in elementary school, and that my friends outside of school were almost exclusively asian, and that I was raised by an asian mother. I’ve had both sides of my ethnicity and experiences denied my entire life. And everything that i’ve written is just the tip of the iceberg. I  could go on for hours.

If any of you had really read my last post, you would already know the following, but after reading the asks, i’m just going to write it here again. This is the internet. Reading a few pages of someones blog does not mean you know them. So unless you really know them, only say nice/constructive things. No need to say anything nasty, or that could be taken badly, unless you have definite proof they are being an asshole themselves. I’m not a nice person. I’m actually kind of a huge jerk, but even a douche like me know that kind of thing. So all you kind strangers should be much better.

trungles:

reclamationsouldictation:

thegirlwiththecupcakes:

reclamationsouldictation:

Even when I’m not overly raging, white folks will refuse to listen and continue to defend their misappropriation of our experiences.
I don’t need to know who you are to know that your username is still offensive as YOU ARE WHITE. You have no right to claim “honorary-asian” seeing as YOU AREN’T ASIAN. You will never experience what it’s like, as an Asian person, to live within the U.S. You will never have racial slurs thrown at you or your safety at risk because of racists shitheads. You will never have to deal with the exotification and fetishization Asian people face nor the desexualization. You will never experience the diaspora any Asian person lives through or the pain along with it. You will never go through any of the various struggles that Asian people bear through.
You will never experience the dehumanization Asian people experience. 
Fuck off.

While I’m fine with you being uncomfortable about people claiming “honorary” anything and if you want to claim that the Asian race has been through and goes through a lot, fine. 
But you know what: white people face racism too. Just because we’re “white” doesn’t mean we’re not a race and that harsh words against us isn’t racism. In fact, the generalisation that all “white folks will refuse to listen and continue to defend their misappropriation of our experiences” in and of itself is racism. 
And actually, there is just as much negativity out there toward white people as any other race. Its just that you live in America, you don’t see it. Or rather, you choose not to see it. 
Here’s a fun article for you.
Racism can and is applied to all people.
So get off your damn racial high horse.

Lol, the “we have it just as bad as you do” argument. Nice touch too that I’m only “claiming” the struggles Asian folks endure.
All I really needed was a white person to tell me what racism was all about, my eyes have been opened.
Get the fuck out of here.

Let’s look at the numbers based on the article.
So there were 58 racially motivated murders between 1995 and 2004 in the UK, according to the article. 24 victims were white.
The article cited above is from around 2006. In 2001, 91% of the UK’s population is listed as white, and in 2011 about 85% was listed as white. Between 2001 and 2011, so I’ll guess that there were maybe around 45 million white people in the UK out of the maybe 51 million. All people of color, including Black English, Asian, and others (as listed by the census) probably come to about 7 million - about 13% or 14%. 
So statistically speaking the likelihood of being murdered for being white in the UK is about .47 out of a million (0.000047%).
For being a person of color, it’s about 5 out of a million (0.000486). 
Now I don’t know anything about the UK other than what the BBC fanatics keep streaming into my dashboard, but I’m just using the numbers listed on the UK’s census data.
And according to the data, you are over ten times more likely to be the victim of a racially motivated hate crime in the UK if you’re a person of color.
But yeah, let’s go on believing that white people are just as oppressed.

Maybe it’s because i’m half white, but I can never understand why people say that you can’t be racist against white people. Maybe somehow my pov is tainted by the whitey blood that flows through my veins. But since the general consensus on tumblr is that you can’t be racist, or discrimnate against white people… I guess i’ll have to degree. So from now on, if a person of color is treats a white person badly because of the color of their skin, I will no longer view them as racist. I’ll just view them as a huge douchey piece of shit.
TREAT EVERYONE NICELY. IS IT THAT HARD.
Also, to the orignal poster… Shit. You don’t know her life story. Maybe shes a white girl adopted or fostered by asian parents. Maybe she has an adopted younger sister who is asian. Maybe her sister married an asian guy and she is really close with her inlaws and they nicknamed her that. Maybe she’s a white girl that was born and raised in somewhere in Asia. You just don’t know. Fucking hell. This is the internet. You are just a reader on some random persons blog. You don’t know them, and you don’t know their life story. Maybe she has a legimate reason for making that her screenname. Maybe it’s just some kind of inside joke she has with her friends. My point is… you don’t know why she has the screenname. So why comment on it?

trungles:

reclamationsouldictation:

thegirlwiththecupcakes:

reclamationsouldictation:

Even when I’m not overly raging, white folks will refuse to listen and continue to defend their misappropriation of our experiences.

I don’t need to know who you are to know that your username is still offensive as YOU ARE WHITE. You have no right to claim “honorary-asian” seeing as YOU AREN’T ASIAN. You will never experience what it’s like, as an Asian person, to live within the U.S. You will never have racial slurs thrown at you or your safety at risk because of racists shitheads. You will never have to deal with the exotification and fetishization Asian people face nor the desexualization. You will never experience the diaspora any Asian person lives through or the pain along with it. You will never go through any of the various struggles that Asian people bear through.

You will never experience the dehumanization Asian people experience. 

Fuck off.

While I’m fine with you being uncomfortable about people claiming “honorary” anything and if you want to claim that the Asian race has been through and goes through a lot, fine. 

But you know what: white people face racism too. Just because we’re “white” doesn’t mean we’re not a race and that harsh words against us isn’t racism. In fact, the generalisation that all “white folks will refuse to listen and continue to defend their misappropriation of our experiences” in and of itself is racism. 

And actually, there is just as much negativity out there toward white people as any other race. Its just that you live in America, you don’t see it. Or rather, you choose not to see it. 

Here’s a fun article for you.

Racism can and is applied to all people.

So get off your damn racial high horse.

Lol, the “we have it just as bad as you do” argument. Nice touch too that I’m only “claiming” the struggles Asian folks endure.

All I really needed was a white person to tell me what racism was all about, my eyes have been opened.

Get the fuck out of here.

Let’s look at the numbers based on the article.

So there were 58 racially motivated murders between 1995 and 2004 in the UK, according to the article. 24 victims were white.

The article cited above is from around 2006. In 2001, 91% of the UK’s population is listed as white, and in 2011 about 85% was listed as white. Between 2001 and 2011, so I’ll guess that there were maybe around 45 million white people in the UK out of the maybe 51 million. All people of color, including Black English, Asian, and others (as listed by the census) probably come to about 7 million - about 13% or 14%. 

So statistically speaking the likelihood of being murdered for being white in the UK is about .47 out of a million (0.000047%).

For being a person of color, it’s about 5 out of a million (0.000486). 

Now I don’t know anything about the UK other than what the BBC fanatics keep streaming into my dashboard, but I’m just using the numbers listed on the UK’s census data.

And according to the data, you are over ten times more likely to be the victim of a racially motivated hate crime in the UK if you’re a person of color.

But yeah, let’s go on believing that white people are just as oppressed.

Maybe it’s because i’m half white, but I can never understand why people say that you can’t be racist against white people. Maybe somehow my pov is tainted by the whitey blood that flows through my veins. But since the general consensus on tumblr is that you can’t be racist, or discrimnate against white people… I guess i’ll have to degree. So from now on, if a person of color is treats a white person badly because of the color of their skin, I will no longer view them as racist. I’ll just view them as a huge douchey piece of shit.

TREAT EVERYONE NICELY. IS IT THAT HARD.

Also, to the orignal poster… Shit. You don’t know her life story. Maybe shes a white girl adopted or fostered by asian parents. Maybe she has an adopted younger sister who is asian. Maybe her sister married an asian guy and she is really close with her inlaws and they nicknamed her that. Maybe she’s a white girl that was born and raised in somewhere in Asia. You just don’t know. Fucking hell. This is the internet. You are just a reader on some random persons blog. You don’t know them, and you don’t know their life story. Maybe she has a legimate reason for making that her screenname. Maybe it’s just some kind of inside joke she has with her friends. My point is… you don’t know why she has the screenname. So why comment on it?

Racism.

I’ve pretty much gotten so sick of the racism on tumblr. Black people being racist to white people. Asians being racist towards Hispanic people, Whites being racist to… everyone? If there is a kind of racism, you will find it on tumblr. And i’m fucking tired of it. We are all internet nerds~~ Can’t we just get along and not hate eachother. I mean, I go through enough racism in my daily life (Being ching chonged at work, then being told by “friends” that since i’m half white my asian side doesn’t count) to want to go through this shit on the place I come to relax.

I have probably more stories then anyone I know about racism. I was discriminated against in Korea for being half white, I’ve been discriminated in the US for being asian. Hell i’ve even been discriminated against for being hispanic… and i’m not even hispanic. When I was a kid in Korea, I was actually physically beaten by some drunken middle aged man because I had “dirty blood”. When I was in middle school my “friends” made me sit on the floor next to the table because they didn’t want to eat at the same table with a chink. I’ve been told I had a strong Korean accent, or that people “can’t understand that ching chong shit” despite the fact that i’ve lived in the US for around 17 of my 23 years. So I know a little something about racism. And with my knowledge, I can see there is a shitton of it on tumblr. And a suprising amount of it comes from blogs that claim they want to overcome racism. Yup. Uh-huh. You want to overcome racism… by making fun of white people. Yup. I see the equality blossoming already.

If you want to educate white people of their privilege  that’s fine. It’s actually good. If you want to get up on your box and shout to the world, or merely calmly research and disperse your gained knowledge thats fine as well. But if you try and do it by mocking others… you’re just another racist shitbag.

I love how racist people on tumblr are.

And by people, I mean a lot of the dumb fucks that run blogs like “thisisnotkorea”  ”thisisnotjapan” etc. Honestly a lot of the blogs that claim to fight racism, are actually racist as fuck. I was reading thisisnotkorea, and I thought it was a joke blog, but as I kept reading… that fucker is serious. And when I started on thisisnotjapan… roflcopter. Being a POC does have disadvantages. There are times when white people need to be told to “check their privelge”. But that doesn’t mean that being mean to white people is ok. And if you do think it’s ok… that doesn’t make you a crusader for asian rights. It just makes you a douche.

This is kind of contradictory because I am using foul language, and the overall tone of this post is harsh, but haven’t these people ever heard that you draw more flies with honey then vinegar? If someone does something that you consider as a mistake, or racist, but does not seem to be purposefully antagonizing, then correct them kindly. If they are doing it to make you feel bad, then you can open the can of whoopass. But if not, then you are just being a jackass.

Also, white people jokes = not ok on a blog about getting rid of racism. If you are normal blog, go ahead. I makes jokes about whites, asians, hispanics, arabs, everyone but black people… i’m scared of them…. There is a time and a place for everything, and if you want people to take you seriously, then that kind of thing isn’t really fitting. It just makes the whole tone of the blog less serious. And not in a “this is a blog against racism, but its still fun and funny~” way, but in a “this blog is a joke” way.

This post isn’t solely pointed at the two blogs I named in the beginning, but rather at them, and the multitude of blogs like them. Sorry if I  came off the the “blog police” telling people how to run their blogs as well, but I just really felt the need to say it.

Also, so people don’t think i’m a butthurt white boy, i’ll write a little bio: Half Korean  half American (it’s all mixed up. Mostly white, but i’ve heard I do have a few black ancestors. My family has been here on my dads side since colonial times.” Most people think i’m some kind of hispanic. I was raised in the Korean community, and actually lived in Korea till I was 5 or so. I also minored in asian studies, and until recently majored in Human Services with the intent to work  helping recent immigrants. So yea… no butthurt white boy here.

The worst part of being mixed is…

The other day at work, I got “ching chonged”. I was explaining to a customer the reasons that she couldn’t have a discount, and that if she really wanted to push it, she could talk to a manager. In the process of doing so, I stuttered over my words a bit. Her immediate resonse was “I don’t understand none of the ching chong shit you asians be talking about” (A note, I speak english perfectly well, as I have lived in the US for almost my entire life, and the only accent that people have told me that they can hear is a slight Aussie one, and even that is something that only some people tell me they can hear.) I brushed the comment aside, and continued with the sale, as i’ve encountered loads of racism in my life, and I thought it was more funny then anything else.

 
Fast forward to a few days later to me recounting the previous events to my coworkers. Her response? “But you don’t even look asian. You look like a straight whiteboy.” 

Which brings me to my point. Being half, quite often i’m forced to choose a side, or have one side denied, or have my encounters with racism ignored, or someone has yelled at me for not speaking some language which I would have no reason to speak because i’m not actually one of their people. Basically… my ethnicity and identity changes depending on who is looking at me. I’ve had people tell me they can’t tell i’m asian. I’ve had people tell me they can’t tell i’m white. I’ve been spoken to in broken spanglish by people who assume that I can’t speak English. And while I consider myself pretty well adjusted and confident in my own identity (at least in terms of my race) it’s more then slightly annoying to have people constantly deny or ignore my experiences.

In short, the worst part of being mixed is… I have no idea. It just sucks most of the time. I love my parents, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world… but I never get why so many people love being half, or why others would want to be half. Basically everything about it sucks. I could go on for hours about the reasons why, but I have to sleep soon.

The only good point I can see in it is that it gave me a very pessimistic view of people. Which might sound bad, but I just view it as being able to see people as they really are, which is good in my books.

But I still wouldn’t trade being mixed for the world. It gave me my own perspective on the world, and in a large part created who I am today. But that doesn’t make it suck any less.~~

if I see one more black person talking about white privilege, i’m gonna go punch a wall.

yes, being white comes with benefits. but being black does as well. at least most people assume that you are american.  i wear “american” style clothes, and i speak english fluently with the most blatantly american accent (military brat, think of how newscasters speak without the over enunciation), but people still tell me how great my english is, and ask me when I came to the US, or ask me where i’m from. and when I reply Richmond, VA, they say “no, where are you really from? Like where are your parents from?” And don’t even get me started on asians in the Media. We’re scientists, or geeks, or ninjas, and if it’s a girl she’ most likely highly sexualized. The amount of asians playing non-stereotypically asian roles (roles that could have been played by a person of any color) is less then 5.

No matter what color you are, people are going to look down at you. I’ve seen so many posts on tumblr about how it’s ok to disregard white peoples feelings because they are “privileged” and just feeling “white guilt” I’m sorry, it might not be as systematic, and widespread as discrimination against POC, but you are being just a racist, and just as much of a douche. Every color has it’s pros and cons. White people can’t help that they get a leg up. Looking down at them isn’t helping anyone but your own ego. 

sometimes I think people with a persecution complex piss me more then people the people who are actually persecuting.

ex. POC who always think that everyone thats white is discriminating against them. 

I’ve experienced a lot of racism in my life, from pretty much every angle. I’m too white to be Korean, but too non-white to be white. And not just your basic non-white, i’ve been hated for being Chinese (which i’m not), Japanese (again not), Mexican (starting too see a pattern here?) I’ve been hated for things I am, things I appear to be. But I don’t let that control my life, and people who do are just sad little creatures.

Even if they do hate on you, and try to fuck you over… who cares. If not for your ethnicity/skin color, they would hate on you because of your religion, or the way you dress, or the way you talk.

But don’t think that everyone hates you, and they want to work against you because of some kind of “societal programming”. I’ve read so many post on tumblr about “white privilege” and all these other kinds of bullshit. It might not be on as wide a scale, or have as big of a historical backing, but the POC who write off white peoples experiences of racism, are just racists themselves. Same with feminists say they aim for equal rights, but overly take the side of women. You are just becoming the very thing you say you are fighting.

I don’t know where i’m going with this, and I could write for hours, but basically. People suck. They will continue to suck. BUT, don’t think that everyone is trying persecute you, or discriminate against you just because they are a member of the group that is doing the discriminating.