This was mentioned in the comments over on Asian Junkie, and the ending especially made me laugh out loud.
I’m actually a little confused by who, exactly, is angry at him for liking BTS, because at first I thought it was BTS haters, but listening to it carefully, I think it’s BTS fans who don’t like the fact that he likes the group? Or maybe something else–I can’t really follow the logic, and I’m not sure I want to.
But the video brings up something I’ve seen expressed before by the dumber K-Pop SJWs: The notion that you can’t be racist to white people. Another variation is that you can’t be racist if you’re not white–which is an especially exciting idea for the Korean fetishists, because (News Flash!) it turns out that Koreans! are! not! white!
Of course all that’s silly, anybody can be racist to anybody. (On the other hand, it annoys me when white Americans encounter racism and act like it’s some incredibly significant event–you know, because they’ve never experienced it before! Everybody deals with racism, and it’s always unpleasant, but if you’re white in the United States, at the end of the day you’re still one-fifth as likely to be incarcerated as a Black American and your family has, on average, ten times the wealth of a Black family. Have a sense of proportion.)
My main annoyance with this notion, however, is that it is the massive dumbing-down (by some massively stupid SJWs) of a very important idea: That there is individual racism and institutional racism, and that these are two forms of racism that present very differently.
Individual racism is what probably jumps to mind when you think of racism–slurs, denying someone employment because of their race, etc. A person might deny that they’re racist, but they’re lying and they know it–they are knowingly acting in a way specifically designed to hurt people of certain races.
Institutional racism doesn’t necessarily look like racism at all, and the people who are actually enforcing it may not hold racist beliefs, or even have the slightest idea that they’re promoting racism!
Say that you are a police officer–a proud African-American police officer, even. You are assigned to an African-American neighborhood, where you go right to work, issuing summonses, arresting criminals, and generally doing your darnedest to enforce the law.
Eventually a study comes out showing that Blacks in the city where you work are far more likely than whites to be arrested for the crimes that whites commit much more often.
Oh, shit! What happened?
No one is patrolling the white neighborhoods. The only time the police show up there is if somebody calls them up and asks them to.
All that hard work you’ve been doing? Whoops! Sorry! You are part of the problem!
If you ask your supervisors why you (and every other police officer) were assigned to an African-American neighborhood and not a white one, they will pull out records pointing out that crime (as measured by all those arrests you made) in your assigned neighborhood is high. Crime–as indicated by arrests–in the white neighborhoods that are never patrolled by police is low. Your “race blind” supervisors were concentrating police resources in high-crime areas, without much thought as to how those areas came to be defined as “high-crime” to begin with.
Institutional racism is almost always “race blind,” which actually makes it a lot more difficult to weed out than if your police department was headed by some Bull Connor type who couldn’t go five minutes without bragging about all he has done for the cause of white supremacy.
And that’s just one way institutional racism can operate. The vast majority of civil rights activists in the United States have come to accept the idea that combating every incident of individual racism, no matter how trivial, should not be nearly as high a priority as identifying and rectifying institutional racism, which tends to impact many more people more significantly. Because whites in the United States still control a disproportionate amount of money and power, and because historically racism was quite acceptable in the United States, institutional racism typically benefits whites–even though it’s supposed to be doing something else, like fighting crime, preserving property values, or preventing voter fraud.
Or preventing people from voting for Obama.
Saying that you can’t be racist to someone who is white is the idiot’s version of this. It’s taking the ideas that 1. individual racism aimed at whites isn’t so significant that it deserves to be a huge policy focus, and 2. institutional racism in the United States does not target whites, and then passing it through a brain that struggles to comprehend those new 280-character Tweets.
Here’s a particular nuance that I think it’s important to pay attention to: Institutional racism benefits whoever has the power. In the United States, those people happen to be whites who speak English.
In other countries?
This is why the “Koreans can’t be racist because they’re not white!” thing is so extraordinarily stupid. Not only can Koreans be individual racists, but Korea is 96% Korean. Of course Korean institutions are going to be designed to benefit Koreans.
If a non-Korean can’t fill out a government form because their name has more than three syllables, well, to me, that’s a pretty close cousin to institutional racism. These forms were probably not designed to exclude non-Koreans and damage their interests–in all likelihood, nobody thought about non-Koreans at all. “Language blind”!
It’s not just Korea, either. Lots of countries have weird insider/outsider institutional crap, like hereditary positions, ethnic or religious segregation, and strict restrictions on citizenship. Adopting the dumb American SJW mentality that institutional racism in every place in the world is exactly like it is in the United States contributes to the mentality that racism, bigotry, and discrimination are problems only in the United States.
Racism certainly is a problem in the United States, but guess what? We look for it. Institutional racism flourishes precisely in those situations where nobody (well, you know, nobody who matters) thinks it exists at all.