The tech startup Silicon Valley world is always looking for (first world) problems to solve. This latest tech startup to launch seems to have solved the latest problem we all seem to struggle with…how can white people avoid minorities and/or the poor when traveling?
Holeeeeeeeeeee shit. At no point were they even pretending to be anything but a guide for white people to avoid black people.Source: publicshaming
I personally cannot understand how anyone can remain cool and collected in the face of a mob that keeps screaming things like “kill Koreans” and “boot them out (of Japan).”
Isn’t it much more human, or normal, to want to yell back, “Shut the hell up, you morons”? People who want to vent their fury directly on racist hatemongers are now coming to Shin-Okubo to do just that."
Japan has a serious racism problem made more serious by the fact that no one wants to talk about it. We laugh when Japanese blackface videos appear on YouTube and snicker at the blond-wig-and-blue-eyes masks sold on store shelves, but the fact is there are real people marching in the streets of Tokyo, Osaka, and other major cities with messages of hate aimed at foreigners - usually, Koreans.* See here, here, and here for recent examples.
Lo and behold, here is a man who doesn’t fucking back down from hatemongers, he confronts them. Publicly. Physically, if need be. And he eloquently explains why we should all be mad at racists. More choice quotes:
The racists are ordinary citizens, and so are we. Both they and we are a majority of the citizenry. When you just see us yelling profanities at them, sure, we are no different from them.
But what you are overlooking is the fact that they are attacking members of an ethnic minority, while we are telling them to back off.
Is justice on the side of the people who enjoy discriminating against an ethnic minority, or is it on the side of those who won’t tolerate it? The answer is obvious, isn’t it?
Not so obvious to the “you are the racist if you call someone a racist” crowd.
Good and evil are relative, but there is no relativization in terms of good and evil when justice is the issue. If you understand justice as “fairness,” as American philosopher John Rawls (1921-2002) postulated, discrimination against an ethnic minority by an ethnic majority is decidedly not fair. This is a logical conclusion.
Take hate speech, for instance. It may appear as a form of free speech, but there is an inherent asymmetry or offensive nature that does not allow counterargument.
When a Japanese citizen yells at a foreign resident in Japan to get out of Japan and the foreigner shoots back, “You get out yourself,” this does no harm at all to the Japanese citizen. Now, that’s unjust, and it’s downright unfair.
Some people say both Shibakitai and Zaitokukai should get lost. Actually, they are so right. Our purpose is not to keep our group going, but to make Zaitokukai and their ilk stop spewing hate speech.
If their demonstrations and our counter-demonstrations escalate to the point of both sides getting outlawed by the authorities, so be it. It only means there will be no more hate speech on the streets.
"Discrimination against an ethnic minority by an ethnic majority is decidedly not fair. This is a logical conclusion."
This is a lesson soooooo many white people in the US need to learn. Fast.
When the law of the land and society at large don’t protect people, what principle should one embrace in order to take action?
Get mad? Get mad.
*By the way, many “Koreans” in Japan were born and raised in Japan and only speak Japanese, but due to Japan’s ban on dual citizenship AND a mandate that only a Japanese parent can produce a Japanese child, they are considered “special permanent residents” and are treated as foreigners. Because racism.
This is what racism looks like.
Racism is the utter lack of compassion it takes to see a mother grieving for a boy and afraid for her own sons, and think, “Wow, that would be really easy to tweak in Photoshop to make her look stupid. Wouldn’t that be funny?”
Racism is dehumanizing. Racism robs this woman of her individuality, her humanity, and her gender. “And ain’t I a woman?” This mother ain’t a woman to “The Patriot Nation.” She’s an object to be ridiculed for mistakes she never made; mistakes, in fact, that someone intentionally added to a photo of her for the purpose of mocking her grief and fear.
Racism is someone in front of his computer whose face twists into the same mask of disgust we see in grainy old black and white films of the KKK burning schoolhouses and churches, and instead of a racial slur spilling from his curled-back lips, he sneers, “Sheeple,” or “Socialists,” or “Obamanation,” and he clicks “like” and “share” on this photo because there’s no little switch in his brain to say: “Is this right to do to a human being?” No. The filter turns off when his hate is triggered by this image. And the really scary thing is, that missing filter means he’s also missing the ability to honestly ask himself, “Am I responding this way because of this woman’s race?”
This is also what courage looks like, over there on the left.
Courage is a woman who knows damn good and well that there are people in the world who will use and abuse anything she does in the public eye to slander her, her community, and the sons on whose behalf she’s protesting.
Courage is a woman with her head held high holding a protest sign of her own making in front of a news camera. She is old enough to have three sons. Surely, she has experienced racism before. Surely, she was raised to “never ever forget [she] was born on parole,” and surely she knows that speaking for her sons means taking risks with her own image, her own safety, and her own reputation.
The cost of courage in nonviolent protest has changed. Those who march peacefully may no longer risk firehoses and police dogs’ bites (though they do risk being attacked with chemical weapons), but they now risk digital slander as impossible to remove from the Internet as unflattering photos of Beyonce.
One acute injury, one arrest, or a lifetime of being “the stupid woman with the misspelled sign” online when you KNOW damn well you can spell “sons” (and so can all of your sons, for that matter)? Dog bite, or teenage niece who gets on Facebook for the first time calling to ask why auntie doesn’t know how to spell?
I think I’d take the dog bite, personally.
Showing my work: The racist photoshopped image was found on Facebook. Use of FotoForensics validated my assumption (based on jpeg artifacts) it had been resaved repeatedly. A Google reverse image search using the photoshopped image revealed the original. I used SnagIt to create the side by side comparison here. To his credit, the friend who first shared the fake version retracted it and declared it “despicable” after being shown the original photo.
I obviously do not own the original, but I grant any and all permission to use the above comparison image for purposes related to rescuing this anonymous woman’s reputation from racist attempts to depict her in unflattering and false ways via sharing of a “meme” anywhere, in perpetuity. As an additional sidenote, if anyone knows the woman depicted, please give her a hug from me.
I thankfully have a good bunch of Facebook friends who would never share the doctored image on the right, but in case some of THEM have racist friends I’ll share this so they know the truth.
(via wilwheaton)Source: jelenawoehr
An excerpt from a Japan Times editorial written by a new father who is upset with the Japanese tendency to fawn over mixed-race kids because they are mixed-race.
I am 100% with this guy. Calling people “half,” especially kids, is fucked up.
Of course, the racists of the world are chiming in with comments defending the word and its usage. Guess what? Shut up.
I don’t care that my kids really are cute. I don’t care if they really look different than other kids. I don’t care if you have kids and you don’t mind the word “half” so what’s the big deal?
It matters because Japan maintains incredibly shitty racist attitudes towards everything and anything. It matters because my kids, if they are lucky, will ONLY be subject to the “positive” aspects of racism and be slightly admired for their unique features. It matters because they have been born and raised in Japan yet people are already lining up to tell them how they’re not-quite-Japanese.
Look, I’m a grown-up. I’m frustrated when Japanese people wield racism against me, but I can take it. No one is oppressing me, they’re just pissing me off.
But what happens to a child who is ostracized in the only country he or she has ever known? What happens when classmates (and the teacher, probably) start treating my son or daughter like a walking English dictionary? When they attribute my children’s behavior to their genes?
All these habits are not hinging on Japan’s use of a single word. But that word is part of the problem, and if I can convince people not to use it, it’s a start.
So when people say or ask me about “half” I tell them “I don’t like that word but…” and respond to whatever it is they want. And I hope that if I say that to enough people, it might make a difference.
(possibly related: Japan describes transsexuals as “new half” which is also wrong)
I was doing an interview once, and this guy goes, “So you must be pretty psyched about all this ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ stuff?”
And I was like, “Um, yeah, I am.” I have no idea why though. I had nothing to do with that movie. It’s just some people that kind of look like me are in this movie that everyone loves, and winning Oscars and stuff.
And then I was like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Are white people just psyched all the time?” It’s, like, “‘Back to the Future’! That’s us! ‘Godfather’! That’s us! ‘Godfather Part II’! That’s us! ‘Departed’! That’s us! ‘Sunset Boulevard’! That’s us! ‘Citizen Kane’! That’s us! ‘Jaws’! That’s us! Every fucking movie but ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Boyz n the Hood’ is us! We are white people! Suck our dicks!”"
Last night was the 2013 MLB All-Star game. Ah, America’s past time! Who doesn’t love a good baseball game? And what better way to open up America’s game then with a heartfelt rendition of ‘God Bless America’?
And…wait, a minute. Who is this guy coming out to sing God Bless AMERICA?
The funniest part of this (sad, pathetic bunch of racists) is when the comment “he is from New York” is dismissed as “doesn’t look like it.” Are racists so racist they don’t think New York City has any Spanish-speaking residents?
Marc Anthony looks EXACTLY like a New Yorker. So does Ichiro. New York City has a million fucking languages being spoken at all times. That’s one of the reasons it’s so exciting.Source: publicshaming