Alex Dang - “What Kind of Asian Are You?” (National Poetry Slam 2013)
Some photos from my adventure, speaking at the Listen to the Silence 2014 Conference at Stanford University. Got to meet some amazing folks, including Kristina Wong and Beau Sia. Now just hanging out until my departure tomorrow morning.
THE SLANTS - ADOPTED official music video
Our music video was removed in error by YouTube - which means all views, likes, and comments were deleted. Would you mind sharing and giving it some love?
20 minutes after asking for some help, our album already knocked Daft Punk out of the running! We’re currently the only Asian American act to have ever been nominated to this title - will we be the first to win it?
Please help by voting for The Slants: The Yellow Album
(and do use the colon, as it is dividing up our votes now). Thank you!!!
Here’s the link: http://www.opb.org/opbmusic/article/your-favorite-music-of-2013/
Trying to Convince White Friends That Racism Exists pt.2
Well, against my better judgement, I continued to try and argue using objective data, logic, and my own personal experiences. (See here for part 1). What I’ve found is that whether you are talking to friends or complete strangers about racism, they will completely ignore anything that doesn’t fit in with their current worldview. In fact, I’ve found that with friends, this problem seems to be worse since they think they know you better.
As you can see above, every reference and request for evidence was completely ignored - they were more comfortable in their personal assumptions as a white person than even consider the experiences of a person of color. Not only did they ignore the fact that I’m being denied rights for my ethnicity and that my relatives had their legal property stripped from them, but they tried to change the subject instead - this time, citing my support of same-sex marriage as evidence that any of my beliefs are total “poppycock.”
Is it worth arguing with someone who refuses to even consider another point if view? Is it worth my time and energy to convince another person of something when they can’t even approach a disagreement with basic logic?
The denial of racism is actually a form of racism itself. It’s an attempt to shut down any dialogue brought by a person of color. The problem for those who sincerely believe that we live in a post-racial society is that they only think racism involves white hoods and burning crosses, despite the fact that minorities are denied housing than any other race, that there still are “whites only” establishments and events (such as a high school prom in GA), that minorities face a greater disparity of health, wealth, and education than any other group.
The very person who says we shouldn’t look at outcomes as a measure of inequality (but rather, we should measure opportunity), provides no evidence whatsoever other than the claims of a many minorities making it - which of course, is not only a loaded argument, but a measure of outcome itself.
As I mentioned before, this form of racism is not contingent on ignorance. It is a deliberate choice. People choose to practice racism by denying its existence, and in doing so, perpetuate its practice in our communities.