On Tuesday, March 16th, the tragic news broken that eight people were shot and killed by a white male son of a Baptist preacher terrorist.
Right out the gate, we saw police working in favor of whiteness and white supremacy, claiming they weren’t sure if the heinous violence was racially motivated.
It even came to the point that during the press conference, the sheriff made a statement that the murderer was simply having a “bad day” and that his motivation wasn’t race-related but actually because he was a sex addict and wanted to squash his lust.
But it’s really important for those who are tempted to buy into this narrative being spun that
-this was a unique incident,
-the white terrorist man (not kid) had a “bad day,”
-that he was a good Christian boy and son of a Baptist pastor therefore this is not normal,
-that this isn’t about racial hate but sex addiction,
-that this isn’t about racial hate but mental health issues,
You need to understand – fetishization IS racism. It IS white supremacy. It IS hate. It IS violence against Asian women.
Some, including the police and media, will try to say this wasn’t a race crime because of the terrorist’s confession of being a sex addict. But IT ABSOLUTELY WAS. He fetishized Asian women. He didn’t target random massage parlors or ones that were employed by white women. No, he intentionally targeted parlors he had been to in which he was serviced by Asian women.
Listen, I understand your initial confusion. It took me a long time to dig in and understand this too because really, how can liking something be wrong, right? How can exotification and fetishization be wrong when something is being glorified and celebrated? I didn’t understand until I started doing the work to unpack what it actually all meant.
Here’s the thing, we see this in white supremacy – the perpetual othering in its twisted fantasizing and exotification.
We see in white supremacy the belief that Asian women are subservient and obedient to do their bidding; to be controlled.
We see in white supremacy – white people obsessed and fascinated by black people’s hair and even worse, believing they have a right to just reach out and touch a stranger’s hair as if they own them or they’re to be petted.
We see in white supremacy the commodification of foods and cultures and the belief that everything exists for the pleasure and enjoyment of white people.
No, these aren’t celebrations. It’s white supremacy. It’s othering. It’s hatred decorated as love or celebration or obsession or fetishization.
And it’s wrong.
On top of it all, it is becoming clear that the terrorist is a Christian, the son of a Baptist pastor. He was raised in his white conservative church environment.
He was raised in purity culture. He was taught that sex and sexual feelings are evil. He was taught that women are the cause of all his problems. He was taught to be ashamed even as he was taught to objectify women.
What we need to continually understand and dismantle is the direct correlation that exists between white Christianity and white supremacy, along with the core tenets of patriarchy and misogyny that keep the two intertwined.
Now some will at this point bring in an argument of how Asian women tend to marry white men and so if white men are so terrible, why do they do that? However, that is an entirely different, complicated issue of assimilation and the absolute need to decolonize the way the world has been taught to elevate and center whiteness.
It has NOTHING to do with the fetishization – Asian women are not fetishizing white men. There is no power going from a colonizer to the colonized.
And the issue with white Christianity is its toxic worship of power, and how it does everything possible to maintain that power. We saw this in the 2016 and 2020 elections, as well as the storming of the capital to overthrow the government.
We will see how the media continues to spin this in the coming hours and days, as we know because the terrorist is a young white man and white supremacy in this country will protect him at all costs.
I don’t believe, after 4 years of a white supremacist racist administration and after an entire year of Trump screaming Chinavirus and Kung Flu, that justice will be served.
Yet I still ever hold onto hope because otherwise, I would be losing my soul and humanity to white supremacy and its hate it wishes to spread and poison everywhere.
This is what I carry today.