Wow. I actually never thought of this before.
This is something that most people seem to forget. Black people don't choose to be defined by their race. Racists force them to be defined by their race.
If I am a black person, racists will treat me differently. This will be something I share with other black people. Two black people in the US might have nothing in common, except for the fact that racists treat them as being part of the same group.
In the US skin colour is simple. You are either black, or white. Someone who is black but has a relatively light skin would still be considered black. Racists would treat such a person the same as a dark skinned black person. This is why both light skinned and dark skinned black people share that common experience and why they are both considered black.
Now take South Africa. Here skin colour is tiered. You have white people, black people, and [coloureds](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coloureds
) in between. They would have different rights from black people or white people. They would be treated differently by white people. Because of this coloureds would have their own distinct culture, language, manners, and shared experience. The wikipedia article on coloureds even has a small section on coloured cuisine! The only reason they are different is because others treat them differently.
Asian countries have their own brand of racism. It's more xenophobia mixed with curiosity.
Many black expats I had met over there commonly said that they
felt far less discriminated in those homogeneous Asian countries than they ever felt in their home countries.
From the bestof'd thread:
> A big part of the movie was blacks vs. the world and blacks looking out for each other in the face of "colonizers", as the American character was called (even though, the US never actually had any colonies in Africa? I guess that was just because he was white.)
People from the USA did indeed establish a colony in Africa, but it wasn't like the Belgian Congo or the Cape Colony — it was intended to send black Americans to Africa. This was the idea of two groups: white Abolitionists who thought free blacks would face better chances for true liberty and success in Africa than in the United States; and (obviously) white Slaveowners who wanted to deport free blacks from American society and thereby "protect" their slaves from ideas/examples of freedom. Of course, the free blacks did not all rejoice at being sent from the land of their birth to a distant land...
EDIT to add: the comment that OP linked to about bellybuttons was a very accessible analogy and I liked it.
This is also why you shouldn't pile on to internet hate. One comment from one person each can add up to millions of comments.
That's pretty interesting. It's simple but I think fairly effective. I've heard the complaint that Black Panther was too political or too racial but... Other than some lines of dialogue that were a bit too expository I think it was accurate for a black experience and not overly political.
When a world is built on racial construct and your race has been the primary beneficiary of the racial construct then seeing those who have not benefited from it display their differences in a way that is accurate to their relationship with the primary beneficiary, I guess it is uncomfortable. I suppose it's uncomfortable to know/think that you are supposed to have benefited from the construct (especially in those that do not think they have actively benefited).
> A big part of the movie was blacks vs. the world and blacks looking out for each other in the face of "colonizers", as the American character was called (even though, the US never actually had any colonies in Africa? I guess that was just because he was white.)... I can totally appreciate movies with a more black (or generally diverse) casts, but it would be nice if it could be diverse without that being the point of the movie. Anyway, I can understand Chinese not liking the movie so much because, if I am tired of some of the commentary the movie is trying to make, for most Chinese it has no connection to their lives and they might not even really get it.
Is this guy completely ignorant of 19th century history, where instead of colonizers, China had outside subjugaters?
Yup, racism is such an unknown phenomenon to non-minorities. That's why any amount of racial stress (like being told they have white privilege, or a BLM protest) can cause such an overt reaction.
That is indeed very clear, and the silliness of the example helps deliver the point.
Yeah, sometimes i think about how angry i get when dealing people who are, at worst, discourteous and wonder how it's even possible to handle with a whole extra category of activly-hostile assholes.