Racism Isn’t a Black and White Issue

A Trumpy went nuts on an Asian girl and the internet is all OMG but people of color are like, duh

So a crazy White dude verbally attacked a Korean girl in the name of Trump:

And the internet is acting like oh my God, someone besides Black people are being targeted and it’s terrible.

However, Asians have existed as targets for racism for decades. So have Native Americans, so have other people without distinctive skin colors.

Let me tell you something. I agree with Mr. Blake below:

I have been targeted by racists within my own (White) family, within my community, within my country.

So have many other Asians.

Recall what happened to anyone looking remotely Middle Eastern post-9/11. Institutionalized racism happens all.the.time, but its victims are overshadowed by commentary — likely perpetuated by White media for public attention — that focuses on Black and White discourse.

This creates a distinct racial hierarchy of hate, where certain groups are more marginalized than others and therefore when something does blow up, it’s suddenly shocking.

Yes, I blame Trump for riling people up, for bringing to light yet another group to victimize. But it’s nothing new.

While these experiences may be a daily struggle for Black people, they also are a daily struggle for anyone attempting to rise through a society defined by White. But being surprised by this, by acting like this is a new thing, proves how imbalanced racial discourse has become.

Let’s use this as a starting point for uniting as people of color instead of dividing ourselves up into groups. Hate is equal, hate comes in many forms, hate for every minority in this country can be traced to some type of ethnocentric, xenophobic, or institutionalized pathology.

White society created the racial hierarchy, making Asians the bumbling “close-enoughs” who constantly bump their heads against that glass ceiling. They pitted minorities against each other by declaring one better than the other, by holding one entire group up (despite evidence that yes, Asians suffer from poverty, lack of education, and crime just like other groups — shocking, I know) for others to emulate.

People of color can undo this: We can resist. Resist the urge to team up by color and instead embrace our collective oppression. By splitting us up, they keep us down.

Enough is enough. Unite.


Sunny writes about transracial adoption, race, and the American family. She also contributes to Intercountry Adoptee Voices, an adoptee-led site supporting research by intercountry adoptees. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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