On Racism

I honestly don’t think we will ever live in a world free of racism. I’m not even being pessimistic here, it’s just the way I predict things will be given oh, I don’t know, almost all of recorded history and the ongoing discrimination people of color face even in this day and age. Hell, I can’t even go out to Manhattan for an afternoon without hearing a “ni hao ma” somewhere along the line (seriously, NYC, sometimes I am so ashamed of you).

I tend to make friends with decent human beings and given the very specific sample of society that I interact with day to day, I often forget how the rest of America/the world thinks. Then a hot topic like Linsanity comes along and I’m faced with a wall of racist comments to any article with a comment box and it’s like … oh yeahhhh, I forgot about you guys. And yes, it is the Internet and people are given a mighty Cloak of Invisibility to cackle under, but the fact that there are so many people who even THINK these things is revolting.

And I will not stop saying this until people finally get with the program, but what is it with people who still think it’s okay to be racist towards Asians? Running with the whole Jeremy Lin topic that sparked my post, ESPN fired a writer for publishing an article titled “Chink in the Armor” after playing it off as a mistake. Out of ALL the words available in the English vernacular, you pick the most offensive terms used towards Asians and call it a mistake?! Don’t go all Jeff Winger on me and pretend that you “don’t see the world through that lens” and somehow failed to catch what I’m sure you thought would be a clever, backlash-free play on words.

It reminds me an awful lot of Russell Peters’ bit on how white people are coming up with ways to degrade black people now that the n-word is off the table (ie. Could you pass me the … vinegar?). … Except chink reads chink no matter how you hard you try to hide behind its other meaning.

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Say Hello to my Little Friends

I went to the Daruma Festival (Daruma Ichi) in Shirakawa on Saturday and purchased these cuties. Daruma are traditional Japanese dolls meant to bring luck and symbolize the “ganbare” spirit with their goal-setting purposes and ability to get back up when tilted over (though my bigger one is a total dud in that aspect).

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