…I did not just fucking see that shit.
Via Charles Tan.
I’m not going to post this there because it’s just going to get lost, so I’m going to post it here. But, white people who actually think that post has merit, here’s what I’ve got to say.
Of course it makes sense.
It doesn’t make it *okay*.
Are you okay with knowing that you’re continuing a tradition of Othering, dehumanizing, appropriating, commodifying, just so you can satisfy your psychological need for an Other to project onto, and using your larger platform of producing cultural projects to display this?
It’s like if you’re a dude who likes admiring women’s bodies. That’s okay, but it’s obnoxious to flagrantly display it, imposing your Male Gaze and demanding she acknowledge it. I don’t care if you like my body; if I have no similar attraction to you, then I don’t want to know, and I don’t care to have it reiterated to me over and over.
But the exotification goes further. It’s embedded in the very culture of the dominant majority. Minorities live with a daily reminder that they are less-than. THAT is why exotification is not okay. Saying it is “okay” because every individual has a psychological need to do so is self-centered and ignores the larger consequences and contexts that make such desires problematic in the first place.
If we were equal in terms of power dynamics, in terms of national, racial, and cultural entities having equal access economically, if we all had equal voices, *maybe*, just *maybe*, it could be okay. But we don’t live in that world.
YOU have a way out. Now think about us who *are* your way out. Think about the fact that, in the real world, we literally are the way out for the privileged.