The Br’er Rabbit

And the Oscar goes to………….

Nobody. Because whoever won it only deserves it because they are white. Hence, the whole ceremony is invalid, and whoever pays attention to it, is racist.

I don’t know whether that is Spike Lee’s and Jada Pinkett’s intention or not, but after boycotting the whole thing, I guess that’s what comes across to most people, and if that’s so, then they’re barking at the wrong tree.

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Do we really live in a racist society, though? Or have we put ourselves in a position where we have become oversensitive about everything? Even after societal obstacles has been put aside? Are we maybe just stuck in a transition phase, where new ideas and diverse values are still opposed by old ideas?

I honestly don’t know what to think about. As Asian, I’m just used to the thinking that we exist and nobody gives a fuck about it. I mean, we never really get the “white privilege” of sorts, and we’ve never really been that much oppressed or been enslaved by other races. I mean we enslaved ourselves and sometimes the whites enslaved us, but even then, we (as a race) tend to just let it past and never really ask for the same sorts of privilege as what happened in the Oscar right now.

The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities – he is only reacting to 400 years of the conscious racism of the American whites. – Malcolm X

But again that’s the main problem isn’t it?

That we will never able to put ourselves in each other’s shoes. The closest person to ever even remotely feel other race’s shoes is maybe Michael Jackson. And that guy was basically God.

So why it seems then? that this problem keeps on rolling on our yard? I mean not only in terms of race, but things like gender equality and God knows how many other stuff that speaks to personal preferences and (in my opinion) will never get sorted out because every single person has their own unique ways of seeing it.

Don’t get me wrong, though, some things do need to be sorted out. Things like pay equality between genders, racist justice systems and issues like slavery in general. But when we hunt for privileges like the ones in the Oscar, it becomes an entirely different thing.

I get that Oscar is a celebration of art, and that every race should have at least a tiny bite of the pie so that everyone feels represented. But does it really matter that much? Or are we just pushing it that bit too far?

Should we really worry about this? Or is this just the case of pettiness?

I guess the thing about human is that we, as a species, tend to assume. We assume that everybody wants the same thing, and we assume that as a group we will fight for the same beliefs. And if I’m prepared to guess, both Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett are expecting all black actors to do the same thing.

The whole Oscar boycott has become some sort of enforcement by a particular group to get what they believed in, without really considering any other aspects. And that’s why it is hard for me to sympathise with them. It becomes similar to when I read about a Muslim group (allegedly) asking for the government of Germany to ban alcohol (apparently to prevent sexual attacks). It is not equal by any means, but the point is that it becomes more like an enforcement of beliefs rather than an act of repression by the allegedly “privileged”.

And that is one of the human tendency that I am not a fan of. At one thing, it can come from a good intention, where people just want to feel the same, and that they want for others to believe and feel the same thing. But on the other hand, it can be blinding. And turns people to some kind of extremist that demands something to be believed.

I mean what are the alternatives? In the case of Alcohol ban thingy, if people don’t like alcohol, then simply don’t touch it. If they think alcohol is bad, other people might think the otherwise, and it becomes entirely their rights to decide whether they will consume it or not. That’s why (partly) we have tax so that people can be discouraged while still having the ability to choose. And I don’t see why the same can’t be applied to Oscar too. I mean really what are the alternatives? Are we really going to make an obligatory nomination for Black, Asian, Red heads, et cetera, et cetera? Am I really going to see Di Caprio losing to some random Korean actor? Or Kevin Hart?

I don’t really know what’s right what’s wrong here. Maybe the Oscar is indeed corrupt. Maybe it’s not. All I’m asking is that have we (as a society) considered the possibility of being a tad bit oversensitive?

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)… There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.” 

 

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