Some thoughts on Race, words and racism.

People are upset because Eddie Huang’s upcoming sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” uses the term “chink.”Huang uses it because it was used against him to show how racism affects people.

It’s this whole bullshit of “no one’s racist! Let’s not use these words because no one uses them anymore.” Bullshit. The sitcom is based on his life and it was used against him. Where was the uproar when Chris Rock used the word “nigger” in his stand-up to talk about the power of that word? No one was up in arms.

Then again, my stalker uses the word “gook” which hasn’t been used in common vernacular since, what? Vietnam? The word “gook” though, it sounds like someone trying way too hard to sound hard and racist.

That’s just an aside though. Anyway. I’m using Huang’s memoir Fresh off the Boat in my global immigration studies course this fall. I mean, if we actually own up to racism and the institutionalization of it then we can talk about it in a frank matter. It exists. It still exists. It doesn’t need to be that way, and maybe it won’t be that way, but that day isn’t now. We don’t live in a post-racial society, and I don’t think we’ll ever be in one. We don’t live in a post-queer society (I refuse to say post-gay because gay denotes something specific) just because of same sex marriage being passed. But we need to talk about it to insure progress.

Just some strung together thoughts before I go to bed. What do you think about this whole mess?

 

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3 thoughts on “Some thoughts on Race, words and racism.

  1. Reblogged this on Cultural Concept and commented:
    I entirely agree with this analysis; it is really important that we understand that the United States is not a post-racist society. We must face issues of discrimination before us and make the effort to understand and stand for equality.

    1. There’s still so much to do, but I feel that the current generation of activists are very lax and complacent. The LGBTQ+ activists seem to be happy with same-sex marriage as the championing call of the community, but while it is a start (and not even a good one) it complicates things so much more.
      With the recent events of the blockade preventing those seeking asylum–we are no longer the home of the free. We have oppressed ourselves as much as our global policies have oppressed others. Frankly, it makes me very discouraged as a citizen.

  2. I would definitely agree, marriage is by no means an end all to issues in the LGBTQ+ community relative to inequalities. There are far more pressing issues, like workplace equality that need to be further addressed.

    It is certainly disconcerting that are society is so torn and harshly marred by individuals unwillingness to both understand and accept social differences. Admittedly America is better than many nations who still kill or imprison individuals for LGBTQ+ differences, but this is no excuse for individuals/activists to become socially complacent.

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