~Asian privilege~ is a BULLSHIT, anti-Asian idea
when Asians discriminate against other POC, it’s the reproduction and propagation of white supremacy, NOT Asian privilege
whenever POC discriminate against other POC, its the reproduction and propagation of white supremacy
what did y’all think Malcolm X was talking about with his house slave-field slave speech?
what did y’all think Junot Diaz was talking about when he said, ”White supremacy’s greatest trick is that it has convinced peoplethat it exists always in other people, never in us”????
to say ~Asian privilege~ is real is an anti-Asian exercise because:
1. it denies our history of oppression
look up Yellow Peril. prior to 1966, we were stereotyped as dumb manual laborers who would rape and murder you in your sleep. (remember, we built the western half of the Transcontinental Railroad, we did people’s laundry, and we were storeowners in the Wild West. hence, the word cha-ching.) but then the CRM happened, and shit like Yuri Kochiyama being Malcolm X’s best friend scared the shit out of people. in 1966, some white people released a paper about how their “data” showed that Asians were ~actually~ hardworking, studious, and whatnot. that’s when Model Minority started. it got another boost in the 1980s when Reagan needed a counterexample for his whole “Black Welfare Queens” bullshit.
here’s an often-quoted paper on the dialectic between Model Minority and Yellow Peril. just because we’re currently stereotyped as smart but physically inferior DOES NOT MAKE US PRIVILEGED.
2. it denies our current oppression
we don’t face physical violence because of white supremacy? oh that’s hilarious because I’m pretty sure all the Asians who are getting their homes busted in by ICE would disagree. (we are the fastest growing demographic of undocumented people in the States!) Asian women experience domestic violence at two to three times the rate of women of other races. we have the highest suicide rate of any “minority” group (including LGBTQ and women) in the States.
and this whole thing about “oh yeah well maybe not SE Asians but East Asians don’t get discriminated against that much, not as much as other POC”…are you fucking kidding me? are you really going to pull that bullshit policing of identity shit and ranking of experiences, which, let me remind you, ranking of races is a cornerstone of white supremacy and you’re doing the EXACT SAME FUCKING THING, YOU DUMBFUCKS???
don’t let the door hit you on your way out.
3. it denies how our identity has been yanked around by people and white supremacy for white supremacy’s benefit
reference point #1. anti-blackness is the fulcrum of white supremacy, which is why our identity’s being used to justify anti-blackness, duh. and there’s a lot of anti-blackness in Asian communities, duh. and yes, there’s a hell lot of privilege to being lighter-skinned, duh. and no, I wouldn’t trade being Asian for being Black, duh. but to say those four points equate ~Asian privilege~ is anti-Asian. to call out anti-blackness in Asian communities without CHECKING YOURSELF and to call out anti-asian sentiment in your own community is LACKING SELF-REFLEXIVITY. to deny that ALL POC, not some POC, benefit from white supremacy is to COMPLETELY MISS THE ENTIRE FUCKING POINT.
y’all are always talking about solidarity. where’s the fucking solidarity, huh?
also, recheck your working definition of power, privilege, and oppression, and know your history. or, as my favorite anime character always says, “Look underneath the underneath.”
ugh I swear to my ancestors this is the last thing I’m writing about this topic today
when Asian people discriminate against each other, is that ~Asian privilege~ coming out? when Asian women say they don’t like Asian men because Asian men “have small dicks,” is that ~Asian privilege~?
when Black people discriminate against each other, what is that? when Black people pull that dumbass “you’re not Black enough” bullshit a la Cornel West on one another, what is that?
what do y’all think Malcolm X’s house slave-field slave speech was about?
(hint: HOW POC BENEFIT FROM WHITE SUPREMACY AND HOW WE REINFORCE AND PROPAGATE IT)
no, I fucking double dare
someone to tell me that when Asians discriminate against Asians, that it’s ~Asian privilege~ coming out.
I dare you.
I dare you to tell me that Jews have a ~special privilege~ that is separate from white supremacy.
I FUCKING DARE YOU.
oh, you won’t? gee, I wonder why. maybe it’s because you’re idea of ~Asian privilege~ is FULL OF SHIT.
Joseph Arthur Comte de Gobineau (1816 – 1882), to use his full name and title, has been called the “father of racism,” usually by people who think he was the intellectual precursor to the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis. For a host of reasons, this is a silly way to think of him, but he does deserve study—both because of his influence as a thinker and for the inherent interest of what he wrote. As Gobineau recognized, many people had written about race before he did—“The idea of an original, clear-cut and permanent inequality among the different races is one of the oldest and most widely held opinions in the world.”—but he was the first to study race seriously as an important force in world history.
Gobineau was a French diplomat, journalist, novelist, Orientalist, and poet as well as a race theorist. He was a confirmed elitist, and was deeply annoyed that his birthday was Bastille Day, the commemoration of what he thought was one of the most shameful movements in French history.
Although anti-racists today try to pigeonhole Gobineau as a “racist” and nothing more, he was a man of considerable parts. He was, for example, a friend of Alexis de Tocqueville, who invited him to collaborate on a history of moral attitudes. They never completed the project, but some 80 letters remain from their correspondence. In fact, Tocqueville had a large role in Gobineau’s career. In 1849, Tocqueville became foreign minister of France, and invited Gobineau to become his private secretary. Tocqueville did not last long at the ministry, but his friend spent the next 30 years as a diplomat, deepening his understanding of the role of race. He had two postings in Iran, and held near-ambassador ranks in Athens, Rio de Janeiro and Stockholm. He was reported to be a man of great charm and an effective diplomat.
I don’t even need to Google the article author’s name to know that he’s a white man.
when you lump Asian/Asian-Americans into a monolithic group
e.g. “Asians have the highest average family income,” “Asians on average have the highest education attainment”
THAT IS BEING ANTI-ASIAN, YOU DUMBFUCKS
we are not all the same
and you are reproducing white supremacy when you do that!
All this intra-POC fighting, especially Black v. Asian, is making me sick to my stomach. People, just think. Horizontal oppression isn’t that difficult to understand: it’s the reproduction of whiteness and white supremacy. It’s a mechanism for white supremacy to stay intact. And because we all internalize racism and benefit from white supremacy to some degree, we all do it. Arguing who experiences “worse” racism is a moot and unproductive conversation because a) what we experience is different in the details, b) don’t forget that 9/11 changed race relations in America, and c) racism is contingent upon putting races into a hierarchy, and when you put races into a hierarchy about how “bad” the racism they face is, you’re doing the exact same fucking thing.
Cartwright described the disorder – which, he said, was “unknown to our medical authorities, although its diagnostic symptom, the absconding from service, is well known to our planters and overseers” – in a paper delivered before the Medical Association of Louisianathat was widely reprinted.
He stated that the malady was a consequence of masters who “made themselves too familiar with [slaves], treating them as equals”.
“If any one or more of them, at any time, are inclined to raise their heads to a level with their master or overseer, humanity and their own good requires that they should be punished until they fall into that submissive state which was intended for them to occupy. They have only to be kept in that state, and treated like children to prevent and cure them from running away.”
The things you find in the annals of history…
Hint: She doesn’t care. She’s smart enough to recognize what is, and isn’t, racism.