The road to getting a book published is longer for some than others, and it is connected to privilege as much as it is connected to actual writing talent. It drives me berserkoid when Christian authors say things like, “God opened the door” because it’s weird how many more doors are opened for white authors. Just sayin’. I’m pretty sure God isn’t sitting in heaven waiting for more authors of color to pray, “Lord, open those publishing doors for me.”
When black or brown boys and girls get pushed to the ground or shot to death it is often first is assumed “they did something wrong” to deserve being assaulted or killed instead of protecting their identities, protecting their lives.
I am posting this picture because this wasn’t a spelling error. This is not harmless fun. This is racist. This is unacceptable.
If you wear makeup you’re vain. If you don’t wear makeup you don’t care how you look. See. It’s not easy. Add to that the whole race and ethnicity piece and you’ve got a whole lot of levels.
To put that tweet in context, Huckabee, shortly before stereotyping Koreans with the tired but apparently still useful dog-eating comment, tweeted “Racism exists because we have a sin problem in America, not a skin problem. #DemDebate” Well, Mr. Huckabee. Your sin is showing. And by the 7,155 “likes” on your racist tweet about Koreans, America’s sin is showing.
I just think it’s easier for us Americans to look outside when it’s convenient. It’s called deflection. It’s easier to point out extreme examples in other countries and cultures than it is to look at our own culture’s jacked up standards of beauty and femininity because, face it, looking in the mirror metaphorically can be as frightening as it is to do it the morning after a rice and Spam bender.