Are you unintentionally being racist?

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On left, Cathy, On right, Connie Chung


Someone told me the other day that I looked like Connie Chung, a woman that is approximately 30 years older than me,  and has a totally different face shape too. I think the only two traits we share are short dark hair and are Asian. Oh, did I say someone? 

What I meant to say was four people total. 

It's kind of like saying Chris Brown looks like Dennis Rodman because they are both African American and have short blonde hair. 

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Exhibit B.

Have you ever received a comment that you disagreed with? I'm sure the person didn't mean to generalize me like that but I couldn't help but wonder if I really do look like Connie Chung because I actually look like her - - or is it solely based on those two traits (hair length/color + race). 

In that case, would Taylor Swift look like Britney Spears? Would Tom Cruise look like Robert Downey Jr.? Does Rihanna look like Oprah? 

Yeah, I didn't think so. :P

-Cathy



4 comments:

  1. 4 people! Well its a tough one because perception creates reality. You can only really control how you feel about it at the end of the day. Also I would probably have a look at where these 4 people came from, are they people who's opinion you value and would like to be around.
    I have this ability to filter out noise these days, which might make a weirdo to some. For me its just about converting energy, I don't know how you could convert being called Connie Chung into anything. That said she isn't exactly a misfit, not the worst ill-advises comparison one could make.

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  2. You do not look ANYTHING like her you all are Asian but not even from the same country and yes I think that is rude. People think I am from all over the place Asian, Mexican, etc. but I hate when people are just rude. Your young and beautiful who cares where your from.

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  4. That sucks. It is racist, and people don't understand why its a problem. I man once said that I looked like "scary spice." I said thanks, I thought he looked like Jodie Foster. He was annoyed, and I said, "I thought we were playing a game? Otherwise what you said could be considered racist."

    I guess people don't think about the bigger contexts in which these comments should be considered. Racial profiling is one that comes to mind. Once I was standing with my husband at a bus stop, and 2 police officers harassed me because I "looked like" a "prostitute- drug dealer" they were looking for. I did not look like her, its just we were both light skinned black people with curly hair. I think people need to realize the bigger, picture when making these comments.

    Great post, really thought-provoking for me!

    Stephanie
    www.bassability.blogspot.com

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