C: My mixed friend asked me a question today: Why is it every-time a person who is mixed (black + other race) is famous black people are so quick to claim them? I said, “Because they’re black.” She argued that they’re not, they’re mixed. What makes someone black? Freaking Meghan Markle and Halsey are whiter than white with European features, but they’re half black. So the hair doesn’t always give it away either. Why do we call mixed people black? Why don’t we call them mixed?
One of the things that I think is why wrestling has stuck with me over the years is that, yes a lot of wrestlers who don’t fit the “super jacked Aryan” archetype are (/were, because while it ain’t perf now it used to be SO MUCH WORSE) given awful gimmicks that are lazy at best and racist at worst
But it’s still the best and most accessible thing for a lot of people when it comes to representation in a mainstream pop culture thing. Like, someday I’ll probably crunch the numbers, but what always strikes me every time I watch wrestling is that it is chock full of gorgeous amazing POC etc
Like, HOLY SHIT, I was 9 years old and seeing other Asians on TV for the first time? And other mixed-race people? And women, some of whom looked like bodybuilders yes but some of whom were also farmgirl strong (and holy shit, Japanese female wrestlers, like a solid 50% of them are built exactly like me)
And even if it wasn’t the most accurate or ideal depictions, they were still so fucking valuable because I was NOT getting it anyplace else, not seeing myself anywhere else to the point where it was actively difficult to conceive of myself as existing at all
AND they were doing cool shit! Shit, I’m 33 and I still get excited to see all these kickass Japanese people and Black folks and Muslims and chubby people beating people up and the focus being on the fact that they are good at beating people up