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Racism or medical condition?: TikToker finds explanation for why he can’t open his eyes wider

  • TikToker Brian Xu went viral in a video claiming that there may be a legitimate medical explanation as to why he can’t open his eyes wider.
  • “Racist folks making fun of my Asian eyes all my life made me not notice a medical condition!” he said. 

At one point or another, many Asian Americans — typically those of East Asian descent — have endured some form of racism targeting the shape of their eyes. But for TikToker Brian Xu, his inability to widen his eyes isn’t just a stereotypical racist assumption, as he revealed on the platform that there may be an underlying medical condition to explain it. 

In a viral video posted earlier this month, Xu explained that he cannot widen his eyes without raising his eyebrows to lift up his eyelids.  

Jennie Nguyen says ‘RHOSLC’ co-star complicit in racism for not speaking against ‘slanted eyes’ remark

  • “Real Housewives of Salt Lake” star Jennie Nguyen called out co-star Meredith Marks for being “complicit” in the racist drama between the Vietnamese reality TV star and Mary Cosby.
  • Cosby allegedly made insensitive comments about Nguyen, including how she loved her Asian co-star’s “slanted eyes.” She also allegedly tried to imitate Nguyen’s accent.
  • “It is not okay to imitate someone’s accent,” Marks said in a tweet after Sunday’s episode.

Real Housewives of Salt Lake” star Jennie Nguyen recently called out co-star Meredith Marks online as the racial drama between Nguyen and co-star Mary Cosby continues.

Nguyen confronted Marks in a now-deleted tweet that Instagram page @QueensofBravo shared a screenshot of on Monday, calling the latter out for being complicit in the racial drama, according to RealityBlurb.

NY governor Kathy Hochul says racism is a ‘public health crisis’ after signing 6 anti-hate legislations

New York governor Kathy Hochul signs package of anti-hate legislation, says racism is a “public health crisis”
  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed six legislation to address racial discrimination and injustice in the state.
  • The legislation will declare racism a public health crisis, enact the hate crimes analysis and review act, require the collection of certain demographic data, require a health equity assessment to accompany any project that will affect a hospital's health care services, require the New York State Office of Technology Services to advise all state agencies in the implementation of language translation technology and expand the list of diseases for which a newborn can be screened in order to include conditions more prevalent in newborns from the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed six anti-hate legislation on Dec. 23 to address discrimination and racial injustice.

Six steps towards a more equitable New York

‘What do you illegals have to gripe about?’: Author Qian Julie Wang says she faced racism at book event

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New York Times bestselling author Qian Julie Wang recently shared on social media that a woman called her an “illegal” and told her she was “lucky to be in America” during a book event in Larchmont, New York, on Friday.

What happened: Sharing the incident on social media last week, Wang said she was heartbroken by what she experienced at a women’s association book event that she and two other authors – a white man and a white woman – had recently attended.

Asian American teenagers overwhelmingly believe in racism, white privilege, poll shows

Asian Teens Polled
  • What the study found: Thirty-four percent of Asian teens responded that they had been discriminated against in the past year because of race, compared to 20% of teenagers overall.
  • The study showed that Asian, Black, Hispanic and white teens had greatly different expectations for how race would shape their futures. 
  • Asian teens were generally more pessimistic about racism and privilege compared to their white counterparts.

In a Washington Post-Ipsos poll, more than one-third of Asian American teenagers said they had been treated unfairly because of their race in the past year.

Asian teens and Black teens worried most about how their racial identities would shape their futures, with 41% of Asian teens and 54% of Black teens saying their race might negatively impact them. Among the teenagers polled who reported being discriminated against in the past year due to their race, 60% believed their future outcomes would be worse because of their racial identity. In stark contrast, only 10% of white teens believed that their race would negatively impact them. 

‘Dividing areas based on race is indeed racism’: Alderman proposes Chicago remap with 48% Asian American ward

Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson

In a letter posted to Twitter, Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson expressed concerns that current proposals to unify Chicago’s Asian communities through current redistricting proposals would come at the expense of splitting other neighborhoods.

Proposal: Some City Council members and minority organizations have proposed that Chicago make its first Asian-majority ward amidst redistricting plans this year, sectioning off areas with higher populations of Asians, include Bridgeport and McKinley Park, centered around Chinatown.

Poll: Nearly half of Republicans oppose teaching the ‘history of racism’ in schools

Critical Race Theory Poll

Eight-four percent of Republicans do not support teaching “critical race theory” in schools, while just 46% oppose teaching the “history of racism,” according to a new Monmouth University poll.

Background: Former President Donald Trump and other Republican senators have publicly expressed disapproval over efforts to include critical race theory in schools’ curriculums over the last year.

Racism allegations against controversial video of Chinese cotton farmer eating watermelon are debunked

Last week, a viral video of a Chinese farmer eating watermelon in a cotton field sparked outrage online as it was believed to perpetuate harmful stereotypes of Black people. As further explanation has since put many of these concerns to rest, social media users are calling for the need to understand cultural context before assuming malicious intent.

The controversy: The now-deleted video was posted to TikTok by an anonymous person with the username @meig38, and features a Chinese man sitting in a cotton field. The man is heard speaking Mandarin while pulling some of the cotton off of the plant and voraciously biting the rind off a whole watermelon.

American Psychological Association apologizes for role in perpetuating systemic racism

American Psychological Association apologizes

The American Psychological Association (APA) has issued a formal apology over its contribution to systemic racism in a resolution published on Friday. 

Why this matters: With over 122,000 members, the APA is the largest scientific and professional organization dedicated to psychology in the U.S. It was founded in July 1892 on white male leadership, many of whom “contributed to scientific inquiry and methods that perpetuated systemic racial oppression.”

California auto shop fires employees for ‘blatant racism,’ joyride caught on dashcam

America's Tires employees caught being racist

An auto shop in Santa Clara, Calif., fired two employees who were caught damaging a customer’s vehicle while using a mock Asian accent.

The incident: On Sept. 10, a customer, who goes by the nickname “Bill,” went into America’s Tire to get the flat tires on his BMW Z4 replaced but found his car with a large crack in the windshield and a scratch on the hood, according to ABC 7 News.

‘Put that on TikTok so Chinese can look at that’: Cincinnati bar says ‘yes’ to racism in viral video

bar patrons are racist in Cincinnati

An Ohio bar has removed its internet footprints after a viral TikTok video showed some of its staff and patrons allegedly admitting to being racist.

Allegedly racist bar: 312 Bar in Deer Park, Ohio, caused outrage online after TikTok user @melissaequality posted a video showing the staff and some of the bar’s patrons getting into an argument with the social media user, according to Daily Dot.

City of San Jose to issue formal apology for historical racism against Chinese, destruction of Chinatown

San Jose will apologize to Chinese people

Lawmakers in San Jose, Calif. are expected to pass a resolution on Tuesday apologizing for the city’s role in racism, xenophobia and arson that targeted the Chinese community during the late 1800s.

The apology: Led by Councilman Raul Peralez, local lawmakers will address Chinese immigrants and their descendants as they vote on the resolution at the city council meeting on Sept. 28, according to ABC7 News.