But if we’re going to get into race, I don’t think people should start complaining about how many white people are featured on this blog. Name 25 famous black actors in Hollywood. Then name 25 Asians and Hispanics. Don’t try because you can’t.
ITS TRUE AND YOU KNOW IT
“Only American audiences ask me, “What should I do?” I’m never asked this in third world. When you go to Turkey or Colombia or Brazil, they don’t ask you, “What should I do?” They tell you what they’re doing… These are poor, oppressed people, living under horrendous condition, and they would never dream of asking you what they should do. It’s only in high privileged cultures like ours that people ask this question… We can do anything. But people here are trained to believe that there are easy answers, and it doesn’t work that way. If you want to do something, you have to be dedicated and committed to it day after day. Educational programs, organizing, activism. That’s the way things change. You want a magic key, so you can go back to watching television tomorrow? It doesn’t exist.” —
Noam Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions, p. 39-40 (via sgandhi)
I just need this here.
“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed, is you.” —The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (via kari-shma)
This week, in Stupid Foreigners: Stupid Foreigners Making Jokes Only Foreigners Will Laugh At
- Specifically, Asian foreigners.
- (Friend#1 is from Vietnam, Friend #2 is from China. And if anyone's forgotten, I'm from the Philippines.)
- Friend#1: So did I tell you that X wants me to watch her cat and her dog over Thanksgiving?
- Me: Yeah, you did.
- Friend#1: I'm a little nervous because I've never looked after someone else's pets before. And they're very big, the cat and the dog. They're both big.
- Me: Don't worry, I'm sure X will tell you how. I really like big dogs!
- Friend#1: *to Friend#2* Do you like dogs?
- Friend#2: No, not at all. I am scared of them.
- Me: Yeah, she doesn't like them.
- Friend#2: People in my country EAT them.
- Friend#1: Really? Hey, in mine too!
- Me: Er--well--yeah. In mine too. But I don't go around saying it here, because I know people will freak out. And I don't actually know anyone personally who's eaten a dog. I think lots of people do for lack of anything else to eat though.
- Friend#2: ...
- Friend#1: ...No, I think people eat it because they think it is delicious.
- Me: ...
- Me: ...Well, I wouldn't know.
- Friend#2: Good thing when X asked you, you didn't say anything.
- Friend#1: Yeah, I know. She would freak out. Like, "No way! You're not coming into my house!"
- Me: Can you imagine if she asked you, "What do you think of dogs?" and you replied with, "I think they are delicious!"
- Friend#2: "Thank you for the Thanksgiving dog!"
- We're terrible, I know.