Ever since the publication of my article “Sorry Asians, My Blackness Is Not Your Counterculture”, I’ve gotten a range of responses from praise, to accusation of hating Asians, click-baiting, and ignoring Asian presence in hip-hop.
Now, here is my response to all of you, an article on the flipside of the long-winded history of Asian-Black tensions. This isn’t a piece to pander to the Asians and Asian-Americans who dismissed my message in the last article, but to instead invoke parity within the POC community.
One thing I constantly see across Twitter is the sharing between POC of stories of their worse a** beatings and what tools were used to do so. I’ve seen sandals, rulers, switches, branches, pans, belts, and more, shared in this sense of solidarity as we all cackle over what got us into trouble.
I’ve laughed along too, even at relatable (although exaggerated) videos like this one, reminiscing in the times I’d fight back my tears until my face turned as red as the belt marks left on my body.
I’m just going to start by saying solidarity across all POC is a ridiculous concept, especially as a Black person. The racial hierarchy does exist, and with a history of erased, unwritten and stolen culture, Black people are at the bottom. Anti-blackness is a global concept, shared and spread by the infectious history of colonization, and in times today, it is not just expressed by the aggressors of said colonization, but by non-black POC too.
I think by now we’ve all seen the movie “Get Out” (if you haven’t I’m going to assume you’re living under a small uncultured rock). The collective conclusion for this movie was basically, don’t trust White folks, but did we all forget something? Remember the scene where Chris was being hounded with questions by all the creepy partygoers? They weren’t all White, yes, an Asian man was present too, willing and ready to pay what it would take to buy Chris’ body (spoiler alert, but like I said, if you haven’t seen this movie what are you doing with your life?).