The "Racist" Card.
We live in a time where it’s easier to label someone racist because of their ignorance and/or insensitivity. Why is it racist when a joke or comment about someone’s race and ethnicity comes into play? Why is it racist when someone wants to glorify their appreciation for that ethnicity and it comes out offending that race instead?
I guess I don’t really understand. I am an Taishanese-Cantonese-Asian American woman and I don’t get it. (What I’m about to write is either truth or of my own desensitization to race-oriented remarks – a blog for another day).
More than once have I said something that offended someone else. More than once have I made fun of my own ethnic heritage or ethnic upbringing that allowed my non-Asian friends to do so as well. More than once have I been ignorant to cultural references and not cared. More than once have I received race-oriented remarks that made me feel second class. Am I racist? Are others being racist against me?
My answer: No.
Have we forgotten that the term racist is defined as believing that one race is superior to another? What we are experiencing these days is not racism, because of insensitivity or ignorance, but just plain insensitivity or ignorance.
Please, can we stop labeling one another as racists and start calling one another out, as peacefully and as open-minded as possible, to the blind spots that we all possess and are entrapped by? Seek out change, not judgment.