Be silent!

This one’s just generally for Chinese people trying to stop us from talking about racism in Singapore. Use this when they say “Why are you talking about this?” or “This isn’t as important as bringing democracy to Singapore!” This one is as much for you to remember as for them to know.

You say…

“Not one single hurtful thing ever got changed by someone grinning and bearing it.

Hurtful things changed because people have said ‘That hurts me. Stop.’

And every time you try to silence someone and tell them that they shouldn’t be hurt, shouldn’t be offended, shouldn’t choose this battle, that this isn’t important and that other things are more important – you are serving the hurtful rather than the hurt.”

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Do not be silent

Whenever we talk about our oppression, Chinese people WILL tell you to shut up. They’ll do it in nice ways sometimes (why race? why can’t we all just be Singaporean?). Sometimes they’ll do it by trying to tell you what their experience is instead. (I felt it when I was in Australia!) Sometimes they’ll outright tell you to shut the fuck up. DO NOT. Do not be cowed. Do not feel alone. If you don’t keep saying it, they will say it doesn’t exist. And they will use your silence to prove they are correct.

Remember…

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”

Zora Neale Hurston