Being a freelance writer for 6+ years, Billy has interest and knowledge in a wide range of topics.
This morning while having coffee, scrolling through Facebook I saw many judgmental posts. Some were from people, but the majority were from news channels, magazines, etc. Usually, I just keep scrolling, but this one caught my attention.
Ariana Grande Accused of Asianfishing - Girl’s gone from white to black to Asian.
I’ve heard of ‘blackface’, but the term Asianfishing was a new one. I figured it’s a combination of catfishing, but with race. But, as I was reading the article I wondered to myself – why are so many people, many not even of the race in question always so upset over these things?
Portraying Interests Is Natural
As kids, we're influenced by everything around us, artists, actors, music, culture, and encouraged to 'express ourselves even if it means dressing like freaking Spiderman. Those who continue to incorporate things they like (long-term or short) it's suddenly labeled negatively as 'fishing,' 'racist,' etc.
What happened to people feeling 'honored' because people wanted to be them? What's the point of making a genre (i.e., k-pop) a global sensation if people are going to label anyone who wants to surround themselves in the culture, look, etc.?
Each decade had its famous moment:
80s Hair Bands
70s stoners, 80s hair bands, 90s pop with boy bands, girls mimicking the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, etc. Then post-Y2K, you got your alternative/emo era and then the 2010s hit.
Foreign genres started becoming more popular via streaming platforms such as:
Now k-pop is trending, and suddenly everyone's losing their minds when people of ALL RACES want to follow the trend.
Society Is Confusing
In a society where you can't say he/she without the risk of "how dare you," many people get upset because someone wears makeup a certain way or tries to look a different race than they are...
It’s getting to a point where people cannot even dress up as their favorite person for Halloween, costume parties, etc. because it could trigger someone who blows it out of context.
Some of the most common responses I'm seeing are:
Posts from people referring to oppression and actions taken from previous generations that most people alive today had no part in.
2. Bigger Issues
People of Asian descent aren't offended by this because they know there are more important issues in the world than someone pretending to be someone they're not...
Equality Or Entitlement?
Racisms are never going to end like this because it's not just a one-way street. If people keep feeling 'owed' because of the actions taken by past generations, we can’t move forward. People will continue to automatically have negative emotions against anyone that falls into that race, group, or classification.
A large portion of racist people I've encountered was raised that way by the previous generations. Most are older generations (i.e seniors). Most younger people I’ve met either have respect for someone or they don’t regardless of race.
Then there are the ones in the middle who grew up around the older generations but are also more open-minded. In this category, I’m referring to those that I’ve heard using slurs, but at the same time will help someone regardless of skin color, race or gender.
Developmental Years Are Important
Studies have shown the way children are raised, taught, and conditioned from birth to about 5-years old (developmental years) has a massive role in their life-long personality, beliefs, etc.
Until people of ALL RACES start teaching their children from birth that we're all equal, this crap never going to stop. Racism is literally a combination of judgment and entitlement.
Usually, I just scroll past this stuff, but it's getting really annoying when it feels like my Facebook feed. We ALL need to stop teaching or making children feel they are entitled to certain things in life because of their skin color or to judge others based on the actions of past generations. We're alive TODAY, tomorrow is never guaranteed, and the only thing WE can control - is the present.
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