Since I have been in this class, it is amazing to me how many things I see on social media sites that relate to everything we are talking about in class. This week I was browsing my Facebook news feed and I saw two posts, one after another, that completely shocked me. A woman, that goes to Muhlenberg, had a post that explained a recent experience with racism.
Her post stated:
“So I went to my local grocery store and the lady at the register looked at me and said ‘You’re Chinese aren’t you?’ I replied ‘Yes’ and she said ‘You weren’t born here, were you?’ And I replied ‘No’ and she looked at me and said ‘Go back to where you came from.’ Looks like I won’t be shopping there for a while…”
I was completely taken off guard when I saw this post, and I truly couldn’t believe that someone would have such nerve, as to say this to a young woman. So far in this class we have mainly focused on oppression of African Americans, but I think it is really important to share the impact that racism has on other minority groups today.
We have been talking about aversive racism a lot in class, because this is currently a more common type of racism in our society. Aversive racism refers to having racist or negative evaluations of minority groups, but it is expressed in a more ambivalent way. Aversive racists usually deny their racist behaviors and blame it on some other reason. I believe this post displays an example of more overt racism, demonstrating an outward dislike or discrimination against a minority group. How do you think this grocery store should deal with their racist employee? What could the young woman have said to the employee to make her see the error of her ways?
Another post that I saw on Facebook related back to the Trayvon Martin case, except this picture compares Martin to another 17 year old white boy who was shot and killed the same way as Martin, except his story never made national news. Why do you think that the Martin case made national news, but the case of Marley Lion’s murder was never broadcasted? What is the difference between the two stories?