I’ve tossed all caution to the wind, and I’m very aware of how some people may perceive this somewhat unpopular opinion, but if any one of you like to be more aware of the existence of different perspectives in this world, you can read.
I will keep this short and sweet.
It’s very recent, but I can’t understand Tumblr’s sensitivity to things anymore? I still understand their causes, and their (mostly) good intentions, and I do advocate for further human rights and the dismantling of the view that anyone different than the desired is non-human. I’m after all, a female-identifying if in most matters agender, non-religious, demisexual poc person living in a third world asian country (I don’t view myself as labels but Tumblr requires them to validate an opinion, which is sad), with its own set of problems.
My dissipating understanding arises from how awfully myopic and Western racism is viewed here. I’ve other issues but racism is my major point since I as a POC and a resident of an Asian country experience it, but not in ways anyone expects. I’ll explain later but hear me out on my opening sentence first:
I am uncomfortable with how racism is viewed here. As what Western advocates call an ‘oppressed’ minority, (as I mentioned before: not conforming to gender/sexual binary, no religion, being a woman, living in a ‘developing’ country), as one of the ‘minority’, a lot of you are consumed by your fantasies. The cause is right, good, and rooted in reality, but the way it’s being handled is ridiculous.
The popular view of racism on Tumblr is that racism = whiteness. Which is true in a lot of ways, especially in a white-majority country, but it is NOT the truth. Many of you forget that racism exists among POCs too. Oh dear god, how horrifying.
It must be strange to think that racism exists outside the white man’s head. It exists in the POC’s head too. And no, the POC’s racist target is NOT exclusively the whites, but other POC as well. That’s because racism transcends more than just who colonises who.
Berating the white person for racism is NEVER the only true fix-it all solution to racism. Ironically you’re putting power on the whites to fix what they apparently created for you. Which is kinda the opposite of what fighting racism is: giving power to EVERYONE to fix it.
Racism is just as powerful in a POC country. Any race can kill another race if the circumstances made it possible. Take for example, my country’s 13 May Incident, where some “POC Asian” Malays had a blood battle with “POC Asian” Chinese. This situation also turns Tumblr’s view on racism upside down because 1) white privilege NEVER existed in Malaysia since WWII 2) the Malays are a minority in Asia compared to the Chinese 3) the Malays apparently killed the Chinese by virtue of their race because the former thought the Chinese people were stealing economic opportunities and stealing ‘their’ country even though the previous oppressive system the Malays were in were created by our white colonists and upheld by the government in that time.
Yet look, this is a case of racism. Everyone in Malaysia knows this.
Since that event, the government tried to subvert this issue so that it will never happen again. You know how they did it? They just switched who got the oppression. Now it is everyone else but the government’s idea of ‘Malay’ who is devoid of the benefits of meritocracy, and it’s been like that for 40 + years.
Hello friends it’s racism again.
My whole gist here is that racism has no face, and ironically, no race. Racism is a concept inbred for centuries and its main cause is HUMAN FALLACY. It is not skin colour that creates racism, but hatred, greed, power, politics, egoism, insecuity, self-motivated manipulation: qualities that exist in all of us. Racism is nothing more than a political tactic which seeks to manipulate us into believing false ideas and making us believe that it’s natural or that’s how it’s always been. It turns us against each other. It’s plain old manipulation. Plain old manipulation from people in power.
The more accurate view of racism should be racism = people who perpetuate racism. And by people, though we recognise their race because for one thing it’s surface and also it’s part of the racism thing we all share, I mean, any soul. Strip away our skin and we are all similar-looking muscled beings who all die one day arguing about nothing at all. Racism is just not one group’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem.
So where does Tumblr’s weird sensitivity come up in this?
The obvious: DIE POC SCUM (always viewed as a white person even though it can be any other POC group directing this against another)
The other obvious: DIE WHITE PEOPLE SCUM (always viewed as a POC)
OR white people can only be racist
I’m annoyed by this hatred in Tumblr’s battle against racism. It’s unnecessary, it’s vapid, it’s unhelpful. It also shows poor understanding of the realities of racism, experienced in both Western and non-Western countries. The other thing is when someone unknowingly says a racist thing, whether or not they are racist, unaware of sensitivity, or just pitifully ignorant, a lot of people jump down on their throat flinging curses and insults but NOT educating the perpetrator on why their actions are harmful.
Interacting with people (with the wrong, sometimes harmful ideas) is very complex and needs to be viewed case-by-case. You must never accept crap that harms but at the same time you have to understand that you live in a world full of people with so many understandings and opinions about one topic. It can’t be helped that education has made us this way. It can’t be helped that the authorities made us this way.
Racism needs to be tackled from the top down rather than the ground up. Racism is first and foremost the poison of those people in power. And by focusing our energies on where it matters, the people in power, we can implement non-racist policies, non-racist education and finally a diverse government, where it can govern a non-racist community.
Orientalism (the main cause of racism)
The 13 May Incident (this explains further on Racism as a Political Tool in Real Life Events)Another
The New Economic Policy and Its Effect on Interracial Relation (this is the Inverse Oppression I was talking about)
*this is all based on my experiences with racism, an experience very different than the default Western racism. I’m not invalidating anyone’s experience. I am just expanding on it. The world is bigger than the West.
*knowing Tumblr I may get ridiculous threats and messages all because someone decides to read a thing that is of almost no consequence to them whether or not they read it but hurts their ego anyway, so whatever. It is YOUR learning experience, not mine.