First of all, it’s kind of late but I finally discovered Lorde is Kiwi. Before you get all smug at me, I only recently started to listen to Lorde, and I happen to reside in the U.S. and have done so for a good ten years. Onto the commentary.
Even in the 21st century, multicultural couples still attract questions and are targets of racists and White supremacists along with multiracial people. This is not surprising, given that racism itself still persists.Until individuals stop discriminating against others because of the color of their skin, different ethnic practices or devaluing somebody else’s culture due to ignorance or intolerance, racism will continue to persist. I highly recommend Martin Luther King Jr.’s book Why we Can’t Wait, which not only addresses the beginnings of the nonviolent civil rights movement, evils of segregation and inequality, but can be applied to injustices in today’s society, color-blindness, unequal representation and pay of people of color in the workplace, government, media (think of the ratio of people of color to Whites in shows like Modern Family, Sex in the City)…just look around, be aware.
As a Chinese third-culture-kid, unfortunately I’ve experienced racist acts and witnessed them in two of the countries I have lived in, New Zealand and the U.S. I’ll talk about my personal experiences with racism in future posts; let me stick to historical events for now.
Here’s a non-comprehensive list of historically racist attitudes of the US towards Asians: Immigration quotas towards Chinese-Americans in 1875, Chinese exclusion act, Angel Island immigration policies, Japanese internment camps, Vincent Chin’s death by two White men in Detroit, Michigan who thought he was part of a rival Japanese auto firm and assumed he was Japanese though he was Chinese in 1982. Here’s an insightful article about it: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/23/opinion/why-vincent-chin-matters.html?_r=0 Forgive me for events I did not list, I’m sure there are many more.
What does this have to do with Lorde? Well, she is currently dating an Asian man and has received racist backlash from celebrities like Justin Bieber, fans of One Direction, but more importantly her fans, the masses which supposedly reflect common people (not saying that all her fans are racist, just the ones that have left racist comments about her boyfriend and are hating on their relationship). I hope Lorde takes the initiative to publicly speak out against discrimination of Asians and the haters. Add racist attitudes towards multicultural relationships. Please tell me if she does, as I don’t have a Twitter and don’t follow her on Facebook, Tumblr…yet.