So Canada-based MacLean's released an us-versus-them article in which Chinese Canadians (referred to strictly as Asians in the article, by the way, regardless of citizenship status or birthplace) are being branded the enemy for filling the top universities. While reading Abagond's blog, I noticed he made some excellent points which clearly (and unsurprisingly) went over the heads of some his commenters.
Anywho...some things Abagond had to say:
...according to Maclean’s these are “Asian” values:I'm getting really tied of this whole "waaaaaah hard-working POC are doing better than we are...waaah, it's affirmative action. Waaaah, Confucius, waaaaaah."
The value of education has been drilled into Asian students by their parents … there’s a long tradition in Chinese culture, for example, going back to Confucius, of social mobility based on merit.
So wait, whites do not drill this stuff into their children’s heads? And if they are not teaching them to succeed on merit, what in the world are they teaching them?
...When Asian parents want their children to go to the best university possible – something I thought everyone wanted – they are called “single-minded in their approach to university”.
When white students do not want to study hard to get a good education but would rather spend more time partying, drinking and playing sports, they are not called “lazy”, “undisciplined” “irresponsible” or “uncompetitive”. No, it is called "a sacrifice of time and freedom they’re not willing to make."
Reading Maclean’s you would think that whites want a free ride: a good life without having to work hard for it.
Maclean’s even has doubts about judging people on merit regardless of colour:
Likely that is a good thing. And yet, that meritocratic process results, especially in Canada’s elite university programs, in a concentration of Asian students.
Yet if whites are unwilling to work hard and do not value education, then they do not really belong at the nation’s best universities. As simple as that. After all, that is just what blacks in America are told when they are stereotyped in the same way.
Because that's all this is - white whine. So when pointing "the lazy finger" at people, white North America is simply going to have to accept that the people who actually deserve the label of "undisciplined" or "unprinciple" or "unfocused" or flat-out "lazy", aren't going to be the people they expect.
China's on top; deal with it
My uncle has a saying, "The most powerful countries in the world right need to just shorten their names to BRIC - Brazil, Russia, India, and China."
One of my older sisters adds, "...but you will not hear about them. You won't hear about them in America except to hear about their refugees or their human rights violations."
Hey White, White West...China is on top and these little temper tantrums against North American Chinese won't change a damn thing. If anything, they're more likely to fuck up already fragile foreign relations with a nation whose army is 2.3 million strong. You had your moment in the sun. You enslaved a lot of people for hundreds of years, you bombed their lands, and you committed holocausts. Probably not the smartest thing to do when you have your moment in the sun, but whattaya know...you did it. And like everyone else in history who did anything similar, you have to deal with the consequences.
Take some responsibility
Remember that old T-shirt, "D.O.P.E: Your kids are on drugs"? Here's another one: "D.U.H...Your kids are spoiled and fucking lazy as hell." And you know what, white parents? It's your fault.
When I was growing up, my father didn't believe in television. If I was bored, he wanted to know if all my chores were done. If they were, then then he wanted to know if all my homework was done. If it was, then he started handing me books - Sophocles, Shakespeare, Ferdinand Oyono, Wole Soyinka - and basically told me to hush.
There was none of that "dating talk" in his house. Nor talk of wearing makeup. I had friends, I had sleepovers, and such, and my father could've stood to be a bit more lenient with me, but he was an African father raising a daughter in America and he was horrified by other people's children. I see that now.
In college, I only had white roommates. With the exception of the lesbian disowned by her parents, none of them had a damn work ethic. They didn't want to go to class and I had every possible excuse in the world as to why they couldn't hold a job. At one point, I found myself in court because my roommate at the time hadn't paid rent in 5 months. She was the same one who skipped class for a whole semester, bitched about failing, complained about being depressed (she slept all day), and while she talked about constantly being stressed over money problems, she didn't do any job-hunting whatsoever. This didn't stop her from shopping, mind you, or visiting our neighbors at dinnertime, or asking to borrow my car every fucking day.
I don't give a fuck - I worked hard and still work hard for what I have. I met plenty of Africans and black Americans in college, but they were never the ones raiding my fridge, trying to crash on my couch, or ride in my car on long trips without chipping in for gas. It was the white kids. They were the ones who felt entitled to good grades even though they didn't go to class or do homework; they were the ones who acted as though their landlord was irrational for expecting rent; they were the ones who felt getting a second job was beneath them, and they were the ones who shed WWT when time came to explain their shitty grades to their parents...who in turn always let them off the hook.
Keep our names out your mouths
Due to the Three Bears Effect, issues like this get me riled up because of the unspoken divide-and-conquer strategy. First white folks complain that Latinos are stealing jobs and Asians are filling up the best schools, then they turn to black folks for backup. Keep in mind, these are the same people who brand us as violent, illiterate savages whose women are unattractive and whose men are to be murdered at whim. In their eyes, the only thing we're good for is building up their country and being good little darkies while we're at it; after all, we're supposed to be the dumbest and laziest of the bunch.
White North America needs to stop trying to shoo the spotlight away from its own laziness onto everyone else. Black women in America, for example, make more money than white women not because of affirmative action, but because they're more driven to pursue advanced degrees and are more willing to work 2-3 jobs. I, for example, work two jobs. My day job with the government involves assessing families, and my part-time job involves conducting sociological research. Neither of these includes the tireless, complex work I do for Middle Child Press (whose sales are coming quite nicely, thank you).
My black female colleagues all work extra jobs. Once in a while, I meet a white female coworker who's willing to do the same, but usually white female coworkers look appalled when you simply suggest they work a few extra hours somewhere (mind you, they have no problem making their hubbies work 2-3 jobs). None of the my black female colleagues have children, nor want to when money is tight. Can't say the same for my white ones.
So what needs to happen now is the POC of North America putting all these bullshit articles on blast, and telling it like it is once and for all. White North America: Your children are lazy. You have not done right by them. You have failed them. You didn't smack them enough, or say "No" enough, or enforce rules and standards consistently enough. Remember...you looked down on families which did that. You published studies denouncing the ways Africans and Asians raised their kids, remember?
And now you can't even accept responsibility for the failures of your own damn families.
With articles like these, you are screwing up your children as we speak. You're telling them their laziness and academic incompetence is not their fault. This does not help them. It tells them to expect everything to be handed to them "just 'cause." You are no different from the dim-witted white hicks scraping a living in the South, wistfully staring at the old plantation houses and dreaming about the "glory days." Get over it - you don't "run the show" anymore. The world is changing rapidly and you need to get used to it.
So keep our names out your mouths, haul your asses home, and go fix your goddamn kids. Switch off the TV, take away the games, give 'em some chores, lay down the law, set stricter curfews, axe the unnecessary adolescent dating, and straighten them out already.