Can I just say how hypocritical some progressives and liberals are about what they decide can be or not be a “big deal” when we’re fighting for racial/gender/sexual/etc. equality? By saying certain communities are blowing this out of proportion shows a lot of fucking privilege that is being exerted by those groups.
If you don’t want to get involved, then don’t get involved, but don’t tell us to shut up when this girl or any other person is attacking our race, our culture, our parents, our identities, our fucking lives with stereotypes and lies that have been set in tone pretty much since Asians started immigrating to this country. It has been a VERY LONG TIME since we started to have to deal with this bullshit. Why do you think this “not a big deal” video went viral? Maybe because it is a big deal? Maybe because a lot of us have had enough of this bullshit?
This might be news to some of you, but a lot of Americans still hate and fear the growing Asian communities in this country. The only reason why you probably don’t know it is because you don’t fucking live or experience it as a NON-ASIAN. You don’t hear the white people dissing the crowds of elderly who take the bus to Chinatown. You don’t have white tourists walk up to your grocery stores and remark about how disgusting and dirty and WEIRD the food is. I can’t count on my two hands the number of times I’ve heard white people on the buses going through Chinatown talking about how we are “taking over the country” and “Communist this” or “Communist that.” Always in ENGLISH. Because, God forbid, some of us might actually know the fucking language and can call you out on your racist bullshit.
Recently, I was on a crowded bus to C-town, and this white person just starts muttering to himself about how it smells, how dirty it is, etc. No, not some “troubled homeless man” or whatever it is that people like to use to try to excuse this behavior, but a young adult, dressed for work, holding a briefcase, looking like he should probably fucking know better. Finally, when he needed to get off the bus, he started yelling at the rest of the people in English, knowing most of these Chinese adults and older adults wouldn’t understand (this is just one of the many cases I can list off the top of my head): “EXCUSE ME. Move OUT OF THE WAY. Ugh, you people are so ridiculous, just let me get off the fucking bus.”
And you know what these people usually do when I turn to them and say, “Excuse me, sir, that is really racist”? They just stand and stare in shock. They can’t even begin to think of how to get defensive, because the standard for an Asian girl is not to ever stand up and speak like that. I’ve had so many who just couldn’t even muster up a response before I started walking away.
It’s about time we feel like we can stand up and call out injustices like these. Because, yes, I’m fucking angry. I’m angry that women and girls like me as individuals are fetishized sex objects, but huge groups of families and communities of my culture and heritage are a threat. I’m angry because we’re “highly welcomed” to help America fight for Nobel Prizes and international academic prestige, but our parents and elderly who can’t speak English should just move back to Asia. I’m angry because when we try to create safe, comfortable places for us to live, the Americans who made us feel excluded accuse us of never trying to assimilate.
So fuck off, all you so-called activists and progressives who are commenting with the “not new” and “not a big deal” statements. I’m fighting for you and your causes because I believe you do not deserve such injustices and mistreatment. I may never personally know how you feel when you are wronged, but I respect the fact that you are hurt and deserve to have a voice and deserve to be treated with respect. Your suffering may not be new, but it IS A BIG DEAL.
You don’t have to feel like my cause is an important cause. I can fight for my cause. Just don’t get involved in the first place by making ignorant comments that trivializes our anger over racism and injustices against our own communities.