Baker In NYC Selling Racist Cookies In Honor Of Barack Obama called Drunken Negro Heads January 25, 2009Posted by koreanpower999 in African American, bakery, Barack Obama, drunken negro heads, new york city, race, racism, stereotypes.
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For those naive people who thought racism would be over with the election of Barack Obama, watch this: WTF???
Magnetic North: We Will Not Be Moved October 11, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in Asian Americans, race, racism, stereotypes.
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Who says Asian Americans are passive and docile? February 22, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in 2008 Elections, Asian American, March First Solidarity, model minority myth, race, racism, racism against Asian Americans, stereotypes.
Tonight, a couple of students and I went to a forum hosted by the March First Solidarity at UW. It was a discussion about the “Model Minority Myth” and its effects on Asian Americans and Asians abroad. The March First Solidarity is a grassroots campus group in conjunction with a movement in South Korea to demand the removal of all American troops from the peninsula. What was striking about the group is that it made up of mostly Asian Americans. They had a panel in the front made up of exclusively Asian Americans. I think it was inspiration to see that. It was striking to me because I almost never see a grassroots, progressive movement like that led by Asian Americans. Usually progressive movements like that on our campus are led by white liberals, with a sprinkling of people of color. It’s like a bowl of vanilla ice cream with some sprinkles on top.
They all talked with such passion, honesty, conviction, tinged with a fighting spirit. They were basically saying, if you think Asian Americans are passive and docile, **** you because just look at us on the panel. They shared their stories and how the model minority myth had constricted who they were and what a revelation it was for them to fight against it and combat white supremacy. At one point, a white student there tried to universalize the issue of white supremacy and racism by saying whites were also discriminated in the past. And people of color rose up and spoke up and responded clearly and forcefully to his argument. A woman passionately talked about how white liberals tend to try to minimize the issue of race and that she’s wary of people who want to make things about bringing people together and watering things down for the sake of not dealing with the complexities and depth of racism and white supremacy.
There was something inspirational for me in that room. To see those young, articulte, eloquent, strong, empowered, confident, passionate Asian American students speaking up for what they believe and not afraid to fight for their convictions even if that meant they might step on people’s shoes and rock the boat a little was something that really uplifted my spirits. It connected to what I want to see with the Asian Americans students that I work with. I want to see Asian Americans students empowered to have their voices heard and reach for the stars. That’s what inspires me more than any speech ever could.
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Here is the video of the CNN piece that 80-20 is protesting against. In this piece, they interview Asian Americans in Seattle before the Washington state caucus. The piece implies that Asian Americans are voting for Hillary Clinton because they are racist against Barack Obama and do not like change. The media needs to stop marginalizing the votes of Latinos and Asian Americans by implying that those groups are racist against Barack Obama. Latinos and Asian Americans like members of other racial groups vote based on substantial issues. Somehow the media is perplexed that most Latinos and Asian Americans haven’t jumped on the Obama bandwagon and can only rationalize it by saying that these groups are racist against Obama and are fearful of change. This is ridiculous. CNN has done many pieces and segments on the black-brown divide. Now they are trying to do the same with African Americans and Asian Americans. Could the reason that the majority of Latinos and Asian Americans vote for Hillary Clinton is that they like her and she has done some great outreach in those communities? Could it be that they are actually voting for Hillary Clinton and not against Barack Obama? But I guess that storyline is too boring and we need to fabricate division between racial groups to spice things up. It needs to stop. I have included the link to the 80-20 petition that you can sign telling CNN not to marginalize and stereotype Asian American voters. As a Korean American it brings back horrible memories of how the media fanned the flames of racial division by overblowing and manufacturing conflicts between African Americans and Koreans leading up to the L.A. Riots.
Racist Super Bowl TV ad from SalesGenie.com February 4, 2008Posted by koreanpower999 in Asian American, racism, racism against Asian Americans, stereotypes, super bowl, Uncategorized.
I am watching the exciting Super Bowl game between the Giants and Patriots. (I’m ecstatic that the NY Giants won). Anyways, while I am watching the game, then an animated commercial from SalesGenie.com appears. It is a commercial with panda bears with bad Asian accents fullfilling so many common Asian stereotypes. I couldn’t believe that a company like that would spend millions of dollars to put up a racist tv ad like that in the biggest television event of the year. Needless to say, people should stay away from SalesGenie.com. However, it makes me even angrier that they felt like they could do that without any repercussions. It tells me that they had no Asian Americans in their boardroom telling them that this commercial was racist. Also, there is something disturbing in the fact that they thought it was ok to stereotype Asians in this commercial because I would doubt that they would do that for African Americans and Jewish people. They know if they did this to other groups, there would definitely be a backlash. It just tells you that it’s ok to be racist against Asian Americans in this nation and we saw it on display in the biggest television event of the year. I just shutter to think how many millions of people watched that and just laughed and thought nothing of it. We got a long way to go in this nation on the issue of race.