Racism/travel writing: an unpicking

11 Apr

Too good not to reblog.

Adventures and Japes

What is the difference between telling an adopted Asian kid at school that he can’t see through his eyes and talking about the cultural mores of a nation?

Some would say: nothing. They are both racist.

How about saying all Muslims are x or y or z?

Well, that’s not even ‘racist’ they say because Islam is a religion.

Let me just break something down here because some people still don’t get it.

Talking about the culture of a place, including what is acceptable, forbidden and usual. This is not racist. Possibly it is wrong, inaccurate or too generalised.
Think of how many Copenhagen blogs have posts about the Danes taking fitness and lattes seriously. Yeah, that’s not a thing everywhere.

Even when it’s critical, it’s still not the same as saying white people are the ones who should decide what the definition of racism is. It’s not the same…

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