I have some friends who are white and are always saying how babies of a certain race are so much cuter than white babies or that mixed babies are the cutest. I've tried to talk to them about how it fetishizes races but they freaked out and said I was over reacting. Im white too and I don't know how to make them take what I'm saying seriously when any suggestion that they aren't totally "woke" or have some problematic ideas about race makes them shut down.
I think the issue with a lot of ignorant white people is that there’s an ego of righteousness. When someone (even another white person) refutes their perspective, beliefs, or ideals, their response is to shut down the conversation by making it into an emotional or moral issue. But when people have a conversation about race in this sense, it’s not about an emotional or moral issue. It’s about a racial and systemic issue. It’s about an issue that affects millions and billions of People of Color all across the world. And yes, even white people are affected.
This is how a lot of ignorant white people will derail conversations about race because often times, they know almost nothing about it. They think they know about race but it’s usually just mainstream “white knowledge” that has never been explained, unpacked, challenged, or experienced in any way for themselves. If bigoted or ignorant white people won’t even listen to a white person, I’m not sure how they’ll listen to a Person of Color. The most you can do is to keep trying but if they don’t listen, then there’s not much else you can do.
Angry Asian Guy