a message from Anonymous
Ok this comment actually made no sense at all.
There’s nothing on his Facebook besides what’s imported from his Twitter stream and some other random harmless comments. I’m not friends with him and maybe he has another private account, but if so, I don’t know what’s going on with that.
“A” black swimmer at Cal. Implying one. SINGULAR. Does not being close friends with one person on the team mean that you’re automatically racist? My school wasn’t diverse at all, the number of African Americans that went to our school was probably less than 10. True, I wasn’t close friends with any of the African Americans in my school. But then you factor in that my school had 1,300 kids and not being friends with .00769231% of the population doesn’t make me racist. And when you look at the demographics of upper-level competitive swimming, it isn’t dominated by people of Asian and African heritage. So being friends with mainly guys on the swim team (and most of them yes, will be white) isn’t a *gasp he’s totally racist* moment.
I don’t understand where you’re coming from with the whole “he’s clearly a racist and feels justified saying racist things because he’s half-asian”. I haven’t seen any indication of that. And to clarify for international readers who have had different experiences than Asians in the US, personally, I’ve found that some Asians do say things that come off as racist to me. They find these jokes harmless (ex. guys who say “whaddup chink” to each other instead of “whaddup bro”) and although I find it somewhat distasteful, sometimes things are really just a matter of perspective. I mean, sometimes I’ll whip out the V sign with my hands in pictures with my friends (the majority of whom are Asian) and we satire the “cutesy Asian” stereotype (because really, none of us are cutesy at all). I don’t think that’s racist but someone could and it really depends on your perspective on the entire situation. I think if we looked at our daily lives, we’d find that there’s no way we haven’t offended one group of people. Sure, some people need to work on that more than others but I’ve found that merely telling someone that they probably shouldn’t say something they did that was offensive works fine—most people are unaware or even if they aren’t, they’re not going to confront you. I highly doubt he’s this insane racist that you’re making him out to be, when I met him he expressed an interest in his Chinese heritage and learning Mandarin. That doesn’t sound like a guy who hates Asians.