… I’m anti-racist.
This blog post over at Alas is titled “Me Reary Rikey the Superbowl!” It isn’t original content; it’s a republication of a post from reappropriate. Ironic, isn’t it? Reappropriate talks about the “stereotypical Asian accents and grammatically incorrect ‘Chinglish'” of a Superbowl advertisement.
And then the blogger over at Alas takes her post, which was titled “Racist Asian Pandas” and retitles it with “Me Reary Rikey the Superbowl!” Because it’s so f*cking funny, you know? And because it’s so darn original.
But you know how Asian Americans might experience this? Why, strangely enough, they might experience this as racism!
But I’m sure the blogger who wrote that “witty” title never stopped to consider this. Because racism is so thoroughly entrenched in our culture and portrayed as “humor,” it probably seemed really clever.
But let’s call it for what it is. It’s a racist title appended to a post that was ripped off from a wonderful, thoughtful blogger. A blogger who called her post “Racist Asian Pandas.” Not “Me Reary Rikey the Superbowl!”
Maybe people aren’t always aware of how annoying and irritating this sort of bullshit is, but especially when it’s supposedly coming from allies. Because let me tell you one thing, you may think you are a friend to my people, but if you don’t share my race or ethnicity, you aren’t my people. So maybe you have this misguided thought that you’re creating an “in joke” but the real joke is that you’re just perpetuating racism.