Reddit started posting about us again, so now were getting an influx of useless and repetitive whiny messages from white people, and if you need a visual for that it looks like this:
And nobody wants to deal with that. So I’m turning off anon for now.
I never said they were excusable nor did I say it wasn’t meant in a negative way. I DID say that the negativity towards dark-skinned people isn’t always aimed towards Black people and can be aimed towards other people who are dark-skinned. I also said that it wasn’t relevant to the current subject since we were talking about a lack of Black representation and not poor representation of Black people or poor representation of dark-skinned people.
Explain to me where I said it was completely okay to put down dark skin people and where it was I implied that “it’s not as bad as the whites!”. I’ll wait.
Fred Zilla was originally supposed to be of Ainu descent.
This is Fred in the comics:
And this is how Fred looks now:
Wasabi no Ginger was originally supposed to be Japanese (not necessarily stated from what I’ve searched but it appears to be quite obvious that he is).
This is how he looked in the comics:
And this is how he looks now:
(And yes this is wrong because you just can’t go around erasing POC with other POC.)
This is how Honey Lemon looked in the comics:
Her real name btw, is Miyazaki Aiko and her hair isn’t even naturally blonde.
And oh look, here’s Rapunzel:
So that’s 3 out of the 5 original Asian characters that pretty much got erased which leaves Hiro and Gogo Tomago (sorry but I’m gonna ignore Tadashi as a main character).
Hiro is Japanese and white and Gogo Tomago is Japanese and what makes them look soooo different from each other? Hiro has wide eyes and Gogo Tomago has slanted ones. Like no really. THAT’S how they let you know he was also white. Because he has big eyes.
And the thing to top it all off is that the city is named San Fransokyo. San Fransokyo? Really? Like they really couldn’t just let Asian Americans be, you know, Asian and American. At the same time. Because apparently that doesn’t exist. They had to “other” the city in order to make sense of it all, and that’s some bullshit right there.
I understand if you’re Asian American, that this is in some ways something really big because it’s like blatant representation of us (and not super vague like with Russell in UP) but at the same time, it’s still pretty shitty. This is not to say absolutely don’t watch it, but take this movie more as a small stepping stone to more (and hopefully better) representation of us rather than a huge leap towards something greater.
nah because we don’t have a history of chanting and promoting “black pride” while lynching your people
thisiseverydayracism would probably be the blog to go to for that.
Part 2 (Last ask) my main issue is when you have Avatar and Avatar Legend of korra that make Dark skinned representation made by “westerners” great but Japanese Entetntainment that protray Black or Dark skinned (I know you see it seriously when they do this) as negatively it tells you something wrong.Exscuse me for ranting but as a Black person even I admit the way you answer that ask about (Black representation in Japan) made me feel like there was some sort of Internalize Anti-Blackness in it!
I never said there was anything wrong with being upset and fed up by poor representation of Black people, I said there was something wrong with expecting/demanding for a representation of Black people in Japanese media where it’s not needed (again this statement does not include Black people who are Zainichi or mixed with Japanese).
Also dark-skinned does not necessarily equal Black so I’m not sure why you even brought that into the subject but I’m pretty sure dark skin has already been somewhat negatively portrayed by Japan among other countries before Black people even really came into the picture (as in before they were seriously introduced to Black people) so I understand if you find it offensive (because it is) but negative portrayals of dark-skinned people in other countries is not an automatic attack on Black people, although it can be.
Also please don’t give me this “Westerners are doing so much better at this than non-Westerners are” bullshit because I could find a million instances of Westerners being anti-Black as fuck and portraying darker-skinned people as the villains and putting negative stereotypes on them (funny how you mentioned Avatar since the shit ass movie they made of it made everyone lily white except Zuko himself).
But apparently you must know so much better than me from all those Japanese fighting games you play and anime you watch, right?
(2/2) and i don’t know how to approach the situation. what can I say to teach them that how they’re treating me is wrong and i don’t like it.
I think the best thing to do at that point is to cut them out of your life as much as possible. If you keep trying to explain rationally why they shouldn’t be racist to you, you’ll only become more and more frustrated. After the first few times, you have to give up hope with them. It’s not your responsibility to fix them—don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for writing them off. You need to concentrate on yourself.
Cut them off. Ignore them. Call them racists. If they speak to you, flick them off. Do every rude thing you can imagine to make them stop talking to you. Depending on your school environment, they might get physically aggressive once you make yourself clear, so please keep that in mind and line up some allies as much as you can. But right now, they’re doing emotional damage to you, and it’s not going to get any better.
If you’d like to anonymously tell us what region of Canada you live in, if you think that might help, then maybe other followers who’ve experienced the same problems can get in touch with you.
There’s a question of knowledge and also a question of economic and political power, because language teaching is very much a global institution. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with non-Japanese teaching Japanese in principle, it’s just that in context, the way English language cultural imperialism has a whole economic juggernaut behind it, there’s no way any two given languages are on an equal footing. It’s really more about English than it is about Japanese.
I’ve actually taught a second language before, one that I wasn’t raised speaking, and people who aren’t native speakers often have more of an insight into the grammar and structure of the language, if they learned it formally. But they won’t have a good feel for idioms and their pronunciation will be different. It also depends on what teaching method is used and how well the teachers are trained in their teaching method.
There are also cases where Japanese is in a position of power over other languages (e.g. Uchinaaguchi) so none of this is absolute.
To carry this terrible attempt at satire to its conclusion, you could stop using language altogether in protest! That would be awesome. Please do that. Or at least stop filling our inbox with TiA Redditor humor. They’re just going to get deleted anyway.
I don’t know about all that my friend, by I do know that the US is a Neo-colonialist power with it’s entire system based on oppression since it started and I don’t support it, so there’s that.
Why are you always angry?
I’ve been here for like literally a day and I already got asked why I’m always angry. It’s cuz I’m Black isn’t it?