Accidental Racism

Have you ever found yourself dying on a street curb because you looked at an Asian man funny? They aren’t in your neighborhood that much so it was a shocker right? Well… It apparently is now. APPARENTLY people are considered racist because of cultural anomalies. Imagine this, you are an African American man living in a rough part of the city. It’s been months since you’ve seen any sign of an Asian around. You work nights and get off of your long 12 hour shift to go get some groceries for your beautiful woman waiting for you at home. While you’re at the grocery store in the vegetable isle, you hear a voice over your shoulder, “Hey Sir,are these tomatoes always this size and color over here?” You get frightened. The last time you remotely seen anything regarding Asian culture was when you watched the original Karate Kid with your woman months ago. You also realize that this situation is strange because if you went to Asia and asked the same question to some random local, they’d give the same response. You accidentally think racist thoughts in your head because of these types of situations.

I’ll give you a realistic example of accidental racism in children. Go back in time to elementary school and remember the time that your class was read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and the N word just came right out of left field? Our tiny minds weren’t familiar with the history behind that story and many of the white kids in the class have never heard that word before. As a result and kids being kids, they’d like to repeat things that they’d find new. On the ride with their parents home from school, they would start to describe what they learned in school and also describe their fellow African American classmates as the new word that they learned. Accidentally, that word and the racism that’s associated with it becomes a part of their lives forever.

So whether you’re at a Chinese restaurant and you can’t pronounce the menu items correctly or you’re dwelling on your past reactions towards a race group you haven’t seen in months. Everybody has accidentally had racist thoughts occur in their heads and if someone were to agree, they would be wrong because it is human nature to be surprised by something that is not a part of their everyday life. There is no need to be down on yourself about these things. It happens to the best of us. So the next time you’re at a Chinese restaurant thinking to yourself, “How in the absolute fuck is this pronounced?” Be aware in that moment that you are accidentally being racists towards the communist regime that is China.