Internalised Racism in a World Filled with Color: The Case of Yellow-on-Yellow Racism

Racism has been in debate for so long, whether it actually exists, is justified or just downright play. However, in a world full of close-minded opinions, and hateful debauchery, racism is intact in society. The only question is why? Why is the world so entitled of their own hateful and disgusting opinions even if it hurts and degrades others? Also, why is internalised racism still a thing?

 

In Robin Nicole Johnson’s The Psychology of Racism, she wrote that this definition does “not provide a sense of the complexities or dynamics of racism”, and proposes the definition be ”an individual’s conscious and unconscious acceptance of a racial hierarchy in which whites are consistently ranked above People of Color”.1

Internalised racism is one of the most common forms of racism that people fail to acknowledge. With the continuous reports on racism on television, social networking sites (SNS), and personal cases of internalised racism, one might know already why racism is still alive and well.

Internalised racism is one of the most common forms of racism that people fail to acknowledge.

It cannot be reduced to one form or be assumed to affect similar individuals or groups in the same way. It is a condition of all the structures of oppression. It is the result of all the institutions, whether it is media, government, social narratives, that affect the very way a person thinks about themselves, and others.2

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References:

1. Robin Nicole Johnson, The Psychology of Racism: How Internalized Racism, Academic Self-concept, and Campus Racial Climate Impact the Academic Experiences and Achievement of African American Undergraduates

 2. AZN Identity, Internalized Racism Among Asians, https://medium.com/a-m-awaken-your-inner-asian/internalized-racism-among-asians-49980f984401

3. Donna K. Bivens, What is Internalized Racism?, http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/What_is_Internalized_Racism.pdf

4. Ho Kyeong Jang, How Bad Is Racism in South Korea?, https://www.koreaexpose.com/racism-south-korea-what-why/

5. Ho Kyeong Jang, How Bad Is Racism in South Korea?, https://www.koreaexpose.com/racism-south-korea-what-why/

6. South Korea’s Racism Debate, https://thediplomat.com/2011/08/south-koreas-racism-debate/2/

7. Julian Ryall, Why is Racism so Big in Japan?, https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2123539/no-chinese-why-anti-china-racism-so-big-japan

John G. Russell, Face the reality of racism in Japan, https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/06/03/commentary/japan-commentary/face-reality-racism-japan/#.Wz8WeyN97aY

John G. Russell, Face the reality of racism in Japan, https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/06/03/commentary/japan-commentary/face-reality-racism-japan/#.Wz8WeyN97aY

 ‘Racist’ Thailand skin-whitening advert is withdrawn, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35261748

 “Images Spark Racism Debate in Thailand : The New Yorker”. newyorker.com. Retrieved2014-06-07.

Napat Chaipraditkul (6 August 2013). “Thailand: beauty and globalized self-identity through cosmetic therapy and skin lightening” (PDF). Ethics In Science And Environmental Politics. 13: 27–37. doi:10.3354/esep00134.

Gideon Lasco, Filipinos and racism, http://opinion.inquirer.net/110703/filipinos-and-racism

Harvard University, The Pluralism Project, Asians and Asian Exclusion, http://pluralism.org/encounter/historical-perspectives/asians-and-asian-exclusion/

AZN Identity, Internalized Racism Among Asians, https://medium.com/a-m-awaken-your-inner-asian/internalized-racism-among-asians-49980f984401

AZN Identity, Internalized Racism Among Asians, https://medium.com/a-m-awaken-your-inner-asian/internalized-racism-among-asians-49980f984401

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