Sorry SJWs, You Don't Get to Choose My Race

RoamingMillennial

If you’re a light-skinned or white-passing “person of color” and you’ve ever spoken out against social justice, you’ve most likely heard these words before.

“What do you know? You’re white.”

“No I’m not,” you might have said, perhaps equally confused about how they could have categorized you so wrongly and why your race even matters in the first place. Personally, “I’m biracial,” or “I’m Asian,” are my follow-ups of choice.

“You don’t count,” they almost always dismiss. “You’re not a real person of color,” might come next if they're feeling charitable. If they’re not, phrases like “race traitor,” “self-loathing,” and slurs such as Uncle Tom and coon will most likely make appearances.

Although there’s certainly no love lost between SJWs and the oft-memed “straight, white, cis males” who criticize them, there’s no question that social justice warriors reserve a special type of vitriol for those in the allegedly oppressed class who go against the party line.

As someone who's biracial, if I were to bemoan my lack of belonging to any one culture and the struggles of being racially ambiguous, I would be celebrated as symbol of strength and bravery by the social justice community. Sites like Salon and Jezebel would write articles commending me for breaking the mold of mono-racial individuals in the public eye (that’s probably what they call them, right?).

As someone who's Asian, if I were to criticize the way society fetishizes me and argue how harmful stereotypes, even positive ones, can be, by now I might have the backing of giants like MTV News or heck, even the Huffington Post. They’d market me as a dangerous force against the prevailing white narrative in independent media. Or something.

However, since I am, in reality, someone who actively speaks out against victimhood and identity politics, and praises our society for the opportunities it offers all people, regardless of race, there’s no fanfare waiting for me from these people who proclaim to be champions for us non-white individuals.

Not only are there no congratulations from the regressive left, when it comes to critiques of my work there are usually harsh words, and perhaps most frustratingly, denials of my status as a person of color.

You see, social justice aims to paint race not as something biological, but rather something social, something that isn’t inherent in our genes, but rather a construct perpetuated by our racist, imperialist culture. We see the extreme forms of this manifested in African-American wannabes like Rachel Dolezal and (although he denies it) Shaun King who are in actuality whiter than a layer of freshly fallen snow. If race isn't biological, then there's no reason why someone who feels black and identifies with black culture should be unable to really be black with the help of a perm and some self-tanner.

Obviously (to most of us), this concept of race makes as much sense as anti-capitalists organizing rallies on their smartphones. However, one of the more interesting side-effects of viewing race as a social construct is that, if race is indeed cultural and not biological, then denouncing someone as not being of a certain race when they go against the prevailing political opinions of said race makes perfect sense.

The fact that my DNA is of the Han Chinese people doesn’t matter to these constructivists. For them, race is all about experience, and nothing about biology. My race isn't determined by my heritage, it's determined by the fact that I can sort of look white, I might have been “treated” as if I were white, and my political views line up with those of the whites. If I'm unable to identify with the lived experiences of most people of color, then to heck with what science says, I must clearly a white girl. Right?

Wrong. I have news for these SJWs: races aren’t clubs. Races aren’t political parties. Races aren’t ideologies, and races don’t have rites of passage. You don’t get to determine or dismiss someone’s race simply because they don’t fit your narrative as someone who’s oppressed, down-trodden and victimized (or rather, someone who at least thinks they are).

SJWs are obsessed with moral relativism, but this relativism just doesn't translate to something like race. Attempting to paint race not just as our phenotypes, but as our cultural experiences, characters, and political opinions will only ever lead to more racism and more division. So I’m sorry if non-white people like me ruin the narrative of a society that mistreats anyone who isn't European, but that doesn't mean you get to define my ethnicity.

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LifemoreAbundantly
LifemoreAbundantly

Hey Roaming Millennial...God Bless +love the awakening going on in The USA & Western Civilization overall now, but only The Lord Jesus Christ can really fix this debacle. The reality is that liberalism has actually been communism for decades -only masquerading as a form of liberty Now....liberalism is manifesting into what it actually has become now -satanism. Need Christ! (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Odineye
Odineye

Arimoh419
You start off with "it's not that bad" then make one of the most bigoted assertions I have seen in a while. First off, we are called NATIVE Americans. American Indians are from India. Second, 'Whites' do not have a nationality. Third, I see your misogyny. Forth, people come in individual color, and color is not culture. So someone can be 'white' can be Japanese. Someone can be 'yellow' and be gaijin. If you would respect people first you would know that 'white' men arn't stealing your women. Japanese culture (and many other cultures) praise successful people. Success is attractive.

verbatim
verbatim

I'm half American, half English, does that count as biracial? [/sarc]

Matilde
Matilde

I'm a white hispanic (from Spain). Whenever I cite experiences of people questioning my parents' intelligence, or outright thinking they're idiots, due to their thick Spanish accents, people congratulate me for standing up against oppression. However, whenever I criticize identity politics people claim that I'm not really hispanic or oppressed because I'm white. Like you, I hate the fact that my identity is only being taken into account when it coincides with a certain narrative.

arimoh419
arimoh419

You have to admit stereotypes about asian women are barely as harmful as stereotypes towards asian men. Theres something throughout parts of Asia that celebrates whiteness and its sick to be honest and seeing a number of japanese women who are trying to look like white women wannabes. Also the 2nd largest group at least in america behind american indians to marry outside of their race are asian women and they usually go straight towards white men which i think is also sickening considering many white nationalists suprecmist have asian girlfriends or asian wives which is hilarious because of how disgusting the hypocrisy is. Most of the alt right seems to have yellow fever and the way they speak about asian women and women like roaming millennial are some of the main reasons o hate the alt right. I wish roaming millennial would actually address these harmful stereotypes that paint asian men in a bad light and considering asians are doing more well than any other races in the country we're always being attacked by other races and other races continuously try to bring us down because we are the most successful. Roaming Millennial will gladly defend whites and their problems from her white side but her chinese side is silent.

Odineye
Odineye

I am a Native American. My people have looked 'white' (In color of skin) for eons (I am of the Blackfoot. We come in pale pink to copper.) . I am told that is privilege. I'm like "No, under your law (USA) my race is privileged. We have full sovereignty of our land until you (USA'cans) decide to take it away again and kill all my people. I would be sheltered from this if I were white." Because that is the difference isn't it? My privilege can be taken away, your rights can't be taken from you, just oppressed. I have the privilege to do as I please on my sovereign territory, until some government says otherwise.

Being the physically bigger and stronger of the sexes isn't a privilege, it's a right. No one can take that away from you. The choice of the viability of a life isn't a privilege, it's a right. Now you may not exercise your rights, but they will forever be there.

To Benjamin: You mistook hyperbole for 'straw-manning'. Saying that there is a possibility of something is not a straw man because it is non-accusatory. She then writes from anecdotal experience. I think you are too quick to take offence. I think you are using that offence to fuel the rest of your response. Additionally, it isn't about you. You do a lot to express your views. It has nothing to do with you. You are not relevant to the article, no one is. The idea of "someone's race has a cultural component" is what's on trial here. I agree that it does, otherwise you are just laundry listing for points. I believe your cultural heritage is more important than your biological one. After all, they are two separate things. It is derivative for the 'Social Justice' movement to replace heritage with race. Also, the common 'SJW', like yourself, are taught to argue like children. That isn't an insult. Almost all of 'SJW' points I have EVER seen have been of Cartesian thought. I think philosophy is a better field than gender studies and I offer this: Studying 'Gender Studies' (and yes you are studying cases of gender and how they are applied in society) is about as effective as a doctor studying symptoms. Without knowing the cause you are doomed to repetition. Philosophy would be studying the cause of most of these 'issues' I see discussed. However I think it is a bait and switch. If you can keep a lot of people talking about minutia, then you can't get them focused on real issues.

lloyd
lloyd

seems like you guys are more interested in telling us "SJW"s what we think and feel than actually asking us. it's funny reading the misconceptions you have about us. if anyone wants to know what an actual SJW thinks or feels about something feel free to ask me!

Maybe you're not the kind of SJW they're talking about. ;-)

J_Martinez
J_Martinez

SJWs hate it when a half-asian person says she actually likes the Western society created by white men.

ben
ben

seems like you guys are more interested in telling us "SJW"s what we think and feel than actually asking us. it's funny reading the misconceptions you have about us. if anyone wants to know what an actual SJW thinks or feels about something feel free to ask me!

KatScratch
KatScratch

The Leftists are more obsessed with race than the Nazis were!

EagleScoutMike
EagleScoutMike

It seems to me that by making race a social construct instead of biology, SJWs are the racist ones. The left has so many double-standards. One the one hand, they consider white people celebrating holidays like Cinco de Mayo to be racist and "cultural appropriation," but then they celebrate white people like Dolezal who try and become a non-white person of color. Why is Dolezal not guilty of cultural appropriation? The only way we can ever get past race is to recognize each person for the race they are and celebrate all racial heritages together, whether White European, Asian, African, Middle Easterner, Italian, et. cetera.

Vaughn_Rmill
Vaughn_Rmill

Was thinking that ugly people regardless of race feel the greatest discrimination? I mean I'm a combination of Aboriginal, French, English but I get mistaken as white ... probably because I look good? You know there are beautiful people in every race (and in combinations of them - like you) and there is even a scientific ratio that help define it (golden ratio face test) . I think, if were going to create an equal society we need to start compensating for ugliness and give those who were born less fortunate (unattractive) an equal footing as they move through life. Trust me, I've been in dire situations where my youthful good looks just kind of gave me a free pass. Even if it were to cost me a fortune personally, I would gladly support efforts to make everyone equally as attractive. Now the also obvious, scientifically verifiable, correlation between race and intelligence ... a very lengthy topic best left for another day ;-)

Fancythat1
Fancythat1

I love this. I'm half Mexican but I mostly look white. Honestly, it's embarrassing how the SJW minorities are acting. Sure, I've got white in me, but the Mexican in me shouts "Oppressed, my ass!" If you don't think you're getting what you want in life it's on YOU not on other people. Like white people in general or (god forbid) the "Cis White Male". For the sake of Pete (Pedro, if you will), trying to be a victim has got to be the most exhausting thing. Less effort will get you to higher places. :P

lloyd
lloyd

My kids are mixed and they talk about this phenomenon. Ever since they were little people would try to ask them what they were and we'd tell them to say "Mommy's from Laos and Daddy's from Wisconsin". As they got older I'd explain that American is not only an ideal but an emerging race that we're creating with every new generation. I'm mixed with I don't know how many different types of eastern and western euro blood as well as some American Indian and now my kids are all that and more and I want them to be as proud of where Mommy is from as where Daddy is from because they are the direction (North) America is going.

benjamin
benjamin

And I want to be clear - I don't have any problem with your views. I celebrate pluralism, love the principles of free speech enshrined in our constitution. I'm glad that we have the chance to engage in a dialogue, knowing that we come from different perspectives.

benjamin
benjamin

There's always going to be people who will say anything. But it feels like a straw man argument to refer to vague, non-specific hypotheticals "you might have said" or "you most likely have heard".

Speaking as one of your villainous SJWs, I actually, personally have no problem with you identifying as a POC, as biracial, as Chinese, or as white, or all of the above. And I don't want to speak for my larger activist community, but I'd be surprised if the reason people might take issue with you would be because of your stated race. Now there is certainly a difference of ideals, beliefs, that sort of thing. Any problem I might have with your views is really limited to your views. I don't care if you're white, Asian, black or brown. I tend to find myself making the opposite argument actually - just because someone is a part of an identity group doesn't mean that they have the right to speak for that group. Ben Carson is black, but I don't believe that his policies and views will result in the kind of racial justice (yes I do see racial oppression as a very real concern our society faces) that African-Americans deserve.

Race is both biological, a product of our DNA, as well as a social construct. The human brain is a generalizing tool. We transcend biology when we generalize groups of individuals into convenient classifications. Those categories are always going to be somewhat arbitrary models of reality.

SuperSocks77
SuperSocks77

Sometimes I feel stuck between races even though I'm not biracial. As someone who is a first-generation Nigerian-American, I often have to fend off claims that I act "white", and should act "black". This often is the case due to my political beliefs, sport choices, interests, etc. Blacks in my school and town see my skin color and automatically have certain expectations for my taste and character. For some whites it takes a different shape, as some have even said "you're one of the good ones. you are like one of us" Honestly, I don't see my self as either. At the end of the day, I see myself as an African raised with both Nigerian and American values. I don't hate either race, in fact I ignore it as much as possible unless it is actually relevant(looking at you BLM). Everyone has ethnicity, but that shouldn't define them as a person. Unfortunately, lots of others around me seem not to understand this and decide to categorize me using a black and white vision.

Chowtime
Chowtime

I never understood the left's obsession with race, nor their encouragement of racial and cultural identity politics and the groups they form based on those identities. You, like I, are Americans with cultural backgrounds raised the way we were that just "are who we are" in a neutral way -- just like any other American. We are what we are, no further discussion or politicization needed. I too am multi-ethnic like yourself; primarily Han Chinese, with Western European, Scottish, and even Aboriginal Maori. I don't identify as Asian-American, Chinese-American, Maori-American or even Dutch or Scottish-American -- just American, period. The left's divisive ideas of "I'm Asian, I'm special; or "I'm Black, I'm special, etc." severely inhibits our acceptance of each other in common as un-hyphenated Americans trying to make this country a better place for -all-.

When I first found your channel, I thought "Huh, attractive girl talking about things that I wish more people talked about, she makes a lot of sense; I like this." I didn't think "Hey, Hapa girl, go Asians!"; honestly you could have been anything and I would have subscribed and been a fan. You are an example of a facet of how meritocracy works; we don't watch you because you're Asian (or Hapa), we watch you because you have good, smart things to say and you give us hope that the millennial generation is not all lost. Sure, it helps that you're nice to look at, but I don't think that's the main reason we're here. It doesn't matter what somebody's race is or what their "apparent" race is; to negate value of their opinions based on something other than the merit and logic of their opinion is not only an example of the "racism" the left constantly vomits but also hypocritically commits themselves, but just plain stupid. It doesn't matter what someone's skin color is -- unless they're spouting insanity and are not willing to have a dialogue, I listen, we talk, we can agree to disagree, these are our freedoms.

Keep it up, RM. You are a light in a dark world.

MemeGenerator
MemeGenerator

Science agrees race is a social construct. We are classified as homo sapien sapien not homo sapien mongoloid.

Public_Party
Public_Party

According to the US government, the legal definition of your race is how you self-identify. So actually anyone can tell an SJW that they're not White. I wish I knew that back in college when I thought I was disqualified for nearly all the scholarships!

JennTeal
JennTeal

Nakamura, that sounds like an overgeneralizing stereotype if I've ever seen one. She looks plenty Asian to me. As we and others continue to point out, race only matters as long as one agrees with the post-modernist social justice group think. They can only take that from you if you let them. You don't allow them to and so they get angry.

Nakamura
Nakamura

patroitwarrormedia. I don't see no Asian features on her. Asian have big fat nose. trust me I date lots of Asian girl.

PatriotWarriorMedia
PatriotWarriorMedia

BTW, PatriotWarriorMedia is me, formerly @KPikklefield. Just so you know. Very well written, just like your YouTube videos.

PatriotWarriorMedia
PatriotWarriorMedia

Nakamura, perhaps she identifies as Asian because she IS Asian. Loved your article Roaming. Very timely too. Thanks.

Nakamura
Nakamura

when I found you on YouTube I was surprise you were biracial. I thought you and your brother were white. I know pilleater youtuber hes 1/4 hapa . he looks white, identifies as white.. Do you think living in Asia for long time made you identity Asian? appearance and features play a factor how society see you. There nothing wrong identity as white.

DJM
DJM

@RightWingPilot considering how they feel about gender its not surprising

RightWingPilot
RightWingPilot

Exactly! And who are the "science-deniers" when it comes to DNA?

DJM
DJM

The sjw always do seem to be more interested in feelings. They seem to forget that logic and reason can get you so much farther.