Taking My People to Task
East Asians love perpetuating anti-blackness.
Go on, admit it.
You drink the white kool-aid, and you don’t particularly feel like stopping. I’m patient; I’ll wait. I was chugging the stuff for twenty years until I got abruptly cut off. I have a family who would raise hell if I ever bring a black person (hell, anyone darker than a light tan) home to meet the parents. I used to listen to K-pop that insert the n-word into their songs every thirty seconds. I have Asian friends who look at my Inner Best Friend Circle and ask me if I have a “black fetish.” So don’t tell me that I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.
It’d be so much easier if you just maintained your little spot at the white man’s feet while Everyone Else is stuck at the bottom of the stairs because hey, look at you, you made it in life by working hard and working the system, right? If you can do it, everyone else can right? Pull yourself up by the bootstraps, right? Why are black people so shiftless and lazy—right?
Why are YOU so complacent and satisfied to live with a system that holds you down too and encourages us to throw our fellow PoC under the bus just to keep that stupid “model minority” label? Trust me, it’s not doing us any favors because—guess what? We’ll still be The Other to Mr. White Man. We’re never going to get full membership to The WASP Club no matter how hard we try. Stop dancing to their tune and throw that cup of kool-aid away.
I’m tired of this shit. Shape up, people, because every time you claim that saying the n-word is alright because you were called it once or you’re a PoC too; for every person you date who’s PoC but not Black PoC; every complaint you make about how “anti-racism only focuses on Black people”; every slip-up and screw-up you pull only exposes the nasty, sick whiteness underneath.
Take that first step and just, admit it.
what i want to ask these antiblack asian racists is: (1) do they think that this is really going to make them white, when push comes to shove and (2) do they really think that black folks dont know they are trying to clutch on to whiteness like its going to make them white when it really wont?
The idea isn’t necessarily to become white. The idea is NOT be black.
I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I don’t think that the Asian-American community as a whole fails to support anti-racism solely because of “buying into” whiteness. It also has to do with the fact that Asian cultures generally focus on collective consensus and social harmony, as opposed to Western cultures which focus on individual rights and freedoms.
Because of this point of view, the Asian response to bigotry and discrimination tends to fall along the same general lines as the accomodationist approach of Booker T. Washington, as opposed to the activist approach advocated by W.E.B. DuBois. There’s a focus on not confronting injustice head-on, but instead taking the limited opportunities available to us, making the best of them, and letting our work speak for itself in shaming those who are biased against us.
That’s really where the “model minority” stuff comes in. It’s the white system rewarding Asians for being a “tame” and “manageable” minority, coupled with a hell of a lot of historical revisionism focused on erasing past anti-Asian oppression. What that does is allow whites to convince Asians that racism “wasn’t really that bad” and “is mostly over now”, playing into the cultural bias for quiet evolutionary reform rather than loud revolutionary change.
In other words, the willingness of whites to treat Asian-Americans as “the good minority” has largely convinced most of my people that the patient assimilationist approach really works (bullshit!), that their cultural bias against “noisy troublemaking” is justified (double bullshit!), and that things will just get better if we all play nice and cooperate (triple bullshit!)