The thing is, while a bucket of toner can strip the geisha makeup off of Perry’s face, nothing can remove the demeaning and harmful iconography of the lotus blossom from the West’s perception of Asian women — a stereotype that presents them as servile, passive, and as Perry would have it, “unconditional” worshippers of their men, willing to pay any price and weather any kind of abuse in order to keep him happy.
Comparing ObamaCare to Katrina is a good sign that you don’t understand either.
In a nation that won’t do anything to stem the use of lethal weapons, we are left only with our hands on the trigger of our consciences, and we have to find a way of saying that Renisha McBride is not a stranger. She’s my daughter, she’s your sister–and who would kill one of their own?
What can you say in response to a racial slur that is protected by others who don’t understand the offensive connotation behind the language they’re using? That’s when you realize that perhaps there needs to be a larger conversation so the possibility of a culture shift is in sight; and yet…where is that conversation in the mainstream media? Who’s talking about the anti-Asian statements still pervading society?