9/11. I can never be fully prepared for this day… A globally known incident that killed thousands of American people and destroyed massive government property. Families losing their loved ones in this distinct act of terrorism. The trauma is still well and alive, I believe.
Yet, not many people understand the aftermath of 9/11. The massive amount of insensitivity, ignorance, offensive humor, as well as violence this incident stimulated on much of the South Asian and Middle Eastern community. MY people were losing their lives because so many Americans became ignorant.
The amount of times I’ve been called a terrorist have been too many. Or how often people told me I was in the Taliban, or related to Osama bin Laden. Or how people forgot that I was an American. Or how my family was stopped constantly by airport security. Or how people would stare at us walking down the street, or in a restaurant. Don’t even talk to me about “Ahmed the Dead Terrorist.”
Strangely, I never related these incidents to acts of racism. In fact, I didn’t know what to think at all. I just knew that all I learned about racism in public school was that it was only between black and white people. No one told me that there was racism I could experience.
Also, no one talks about the fact that the US military commits mass genocide in a lot of South Asian and Arab regions pretty frequently, and the death toll of those folks is much higher - not to mention that the US is also funding Israeli military, who kill Palestinians practically daily now.
There’s much more to the story that is lost, silenced, and erased by US media, by societal implications of groups of people. Our people need to start being included in discussions of race, and our stories need to be heard. We are being silenced and erased in representation, and that needs to end.
Yes I agree, there are a vast amount of cultural and linguistically differences for sure and I don’t want to promote an idea of erasing that identity. But also it’s like Asia itself is vast too it’s not just one language or culture, as much as some people may believe. So I dunno. You’re not wrong, but I’m still sort of critical about things. I don’t wanna do or say anything problematic but I’m still lost
Omg being mixed is also a very complicated thing, I can imagine. Yes in the end ethnicity and culture are personal identities and no one else has the right to force you to define yourself. Racial categorization is real and very awful reality, I myself usually list myself as simply Asian or “Other”.
As for identifying as Middle Eastern I’m just not sure how ok it is. Thank you for validating how I feel, I really appreciate your understanding. I just don’t know if it’s ok bc the Middle East is still very stigmatized and has a lot of cultural variety that isn’t influenced in Pakistan and to claim an identity yet not have that influence might be insulting idk
[TLDR: As a South Asian, Pakistani-American, I’m having trouble understanding how to identify because I don’t feel comfortable in the “Asian” category and feel more at home in Middle Eastern/SWANA spaces yet do not want to appropriate the identity. I want something that encompasses all of us in our own language that doesn’t refer to our geographical relations to Asia and Africa.]
Dear Desi and Arab folx, I am having an identity crisis.
I am very frustrated in the manner that our people are being labeled and defined. I am Pakistani, which means I am South Asian. This results in me identifying as Asian, and as API. However, I do not, and really cannot, identify internally as an Asian person. This stems from cultural differences (in which we share similarities but also experience differences), religious differences (although some parts of Asia do have similarities as well), as well as physical phenotype and appearance.
I feel that the only reason I am grouped into the “Asian” category IS because of systematic geographical grouping complexes. And even identifying as South Asian, as empowering as it can be, only really relates to how I relate to Asia. Also, this term is defined with the English language as well.
Middle Eastern communities are embracing a new term called SWANA, South West Asian and North Africa. Although a lot of progressive folx find this empowering, it sort of is defeating, in my opinion, to only claim identify in relations with Asian and African regions, as well as in the English language.
I wish there was a single term that grouped South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa together. I KNOW that the experiences of all of these groups are not at all similar, however I feel more connected in Middle Eastern spaces than I do in Asian spaces. Especially with the Arabic language so prevalent in my name and my upbringing.
I don’t want to appropriate Middle Eastern identity either, because our identities are so vast and complex. However, being Pakistani I also simply feel that I do feel more connected with the community and the identity better.
I wanted to ask if any other people experience similar thoughts and feelings? If we can have a discussion on how we should identify? I’m very lost and want to be understood in this.
Getting really tired of Christians who are suddenly giving a shit about the atrocities committed by ISIS because there are Christians getting killed.
But of course, conveniently forget the fact that Muslims are also being massacred. Conveniently do not mention Muslims, Yazidis, etc. when you are praying about religious persecution. Make passive Islamophobic comments share all those prophetic doom and gloom pictures on FB about the “war on Christianity”, but neglect to acknowledge that Christians aren’t the only ones being killed.
Fucking shame on you.
Yes, and also they’re the same people who didn’t say shit when Palestinian/Indian/Pakistani/other Xtians are being killed/were target of violence.
Why do white people own so many pets?
Because we’re not allowed to own people anymore.
What is the scariest thing about a white person in prison?
You know he did it.
how many Chicago cops does it take to change a light bulb? None, they just beat the room for being black.”
A good looking 50 year old white man is trying to get laid on reality TV. What show are you watching?
To catch a predator.
Why do white girls travel in groups of three or five?
They can’t even
What do you call 64 white people in a room? A full blooded Cherokee.
at dinner last night, a coworker was talking about hanging out with his white friends and getting fed up with the racist jokes, and asked them to tell a white people joke. nobody had any, so he googled and found these. after a few of them, people were a lot less comfortable.
white folks, next time you hear a racist joke, maybe lead with one of these in response. tag this “I’m white” when you reblog it, if you are.
American History textbooks more like
Chapter 1: Introduction to White People
Chapter 2: White Settlers and the Indian Savages
Chapter 3: Whitey Makes a Country
Chapter 4: The Blacks
Chapter 5: Wars, Wars, Wars
Chapter 6: No More Racism!: Martin Luther King Jr. Gives a Speech
Chapter 7: The Modern Whites
For some reason I read American Horror Story Textbooks, and was confused.
I highly approve of Black tumblr/ twitter exposing racists and getting them fired from their place of work and fucking up their income.
I firmly believe in white kids exposing POC bullies to school officials but you don’t see anything being done about that either.
White racism is a fucking thing kiddos.
"The black people are beating me up because I said nigger"