The whole ‘asian privilege’ deal is bullshit, even in predominantly asian areas. I come from an asian country where white expats are a small minority, but they generally are still given higher, better paid positions (especially in large international corporations)…
Light skin poc privilege is real. Asian Americans are very much privileged over black people. Especially east Asians. This doesn’t mean they have it as good as white people. It means they have it much better and easier than black people. I would much rather someone assume I was good at math than that I was a criminal. Look at the prison numbers. Look at the schools. Look at arrests and stop and sreach and grades and what kids get held back and look at portrayals on TV and look at portrayals on academia. Look at America and tell me where Asians don’t have it better than black people. I’ll wait.
Denying those privileges are a problem. On surveys choosing to mark yourself as white rather than black to get as far away from us was a thing. Is a thing. We are the butt of jokes. We are down at the bottom. When shit goes weird in Asian communities they are comforted with not being black. Asian kids aren’t being murdered by police for looking. Suspicious Asian women aren’t being murdered and taken to jail for being bad parents without any proof. Asian orphans might actually get adopted.
Y’all ain’t got the word nigger. The confederate flag doesn’t give a fuck about you. They may not like you, but they don’t give a fuck. They hate us.
Is it divide and conquer? Yeah, but it works because no one wants to be black. It works because Asians are further up the social hierarchy than blacks are.
Also, check what the Chinese are doing in Africa. I mean if you want to look globally at things. Yeah it is better to be white that. Asian. But to say it isn’t better to be Asian than black is fucking stupid.
Very well put. And I’m embarrassed reading my first reply seeing that I used the word “tiny” not once but twice with regard to these privileges. Please substitute “substantial” instead.
awkward moment when you have to deal with double fetishizing of your body because you’re of mixed race
(Clipped conversation FOR THIS RIGHT HERE - bankuei):
I am a HUMAN and not a “white girl”.
This is my favorite type of white tears, absolutely 100%. Because it always, always, always serves as an admission of unacknowledged privilege.
Know why you don’t like being called “white girl”? Because you’re used to being the default. You’ve always just been “a girl.” But for the rest of us, that qualifier has always been there. When you’re a POC, you’re not just “a girl.” You’re “that Indian girl,” or “the black chick,” or “the Asian guy, I think he’s Chinese or something?”
You can go on and on about how “we’re all human, race isn’t an issue!” but that’s not what this is about. Being called “white girl” tells you that the person you’re dealing with isn’t going to give you the free pass you’ve always received for being white, and that scares you.
bolded for emphasis. great reply/commentary.
What was your first experience with race and ethnicity? When were you made aware of these concepts?
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When I spent the whole of my childhood being called a Paki and/or Jew (despite being neither) by people that…
This guy called me a dirty nigger when I was like 7
In kindergarten, the girls in my class refused to be my friend because of my family’s nationality
Some kids in first grade made fun of me by pulling their eyes back and smushing their noses down in an imitation of my face.
My cousin (& family members telling me to “tame” it) teasing me because of my natural curly hair, so i proceeded to straighten my hair (hot iron & with chemicals) everyday afterwards because I started to hate it natural, I believed that only straight hair could be beautiful.