Meet Alexandra Wallce 2.0: Samuel Hendrickson, a student from Indiana University, has made a video detailing 10 reasons why he wouldn’t want to be Asian. His reasons include dating Asian women, sweatshops and math.
Since he posted it on YouTube, people have responded negatively, prompting Hendrickson to apologize, 8Asians reports. He defends the video as merely humorous digs, but the “jokes” he spews are based on very real stereotypes.
Let’s be frank: racism still exists. Racist jokes aren’t funny. Because we accept racism in our everyday humor, we see the perpetuation of micro-aggressions and misconceptions. If our culture didn’t give racist jabs a green light under the guise of a “good joke,” we wouldn’t see college campuses – areas where we should be challenging and criticizing racism – “border hopping” or “ghetto” theme parties.
Why are supposedly educated individuals continuing a dialogue rooted in ignorance?