Why are you reacting this way?

Sometimes you can’t take it. The frustration, the anger, it all boils over. You yell/ scream/ call them names. They jump on this. They say you are emotional, violent, too sensitive. They say you making statements about Chinese racism is generalization, that you are racist. They will ask why are you reacting this way? Don’t ever feel bad about it.

You say…

“Usually the Malay/Indian “racist” has been produced by the Chinese racist. In most cases where you see it, it is the reaction to Chinese racism, and if you analyze it closely, it’s not really minority racism.

If we react to Chinese racism with a violent reaction, to me that’s not Malay/Indian racism. If you come to abuse me, humiliate me, take away my rights, and I yell at you for it, to me that’s not racism. Yours is racism, but my reaction has nothing to do with racism. My reaction is the reaction of a human being, reacting to defend himself and protect himself. ”

— (Adapted from) Malcolm X

Why are you so sensitive?

We’ve all met them. Those Chinese people who revel in their moral superiority and belief that simply by saying they are not racist, that means they are not. And that means that whatever racist thing they say that you are offended by just means you’re the sensitive one.

You say…

“Not being racist is not some default starting position. You don’t simply get to say you’re not a racist; not being racist is a constant, arduous process of unlearning, of being uncomfortable, of eating crow and being humbled and re-evaluating. It’s probably hard to start that process if you’ve been told that every thought you have is golden and should be given voice, and that people who are offended by what you say are hypersensitive simpletons.”