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If you are part of a privileged group and have to constantly demand that somebody in an oppressed group say “not all (insert privileged group here) are like that”, what you are really demanding is that they reassure you that you’re not like that and you’re not being held accountable, which is a cowardly thing to do and also shows the great lengths you will go to in order to avoid examining your role in a toxic system.

So please stop turning every discourse about racism in Singapore into an exercise on why you shouldn’t have to hear it.

People of color

November 26, 2016

Not all people of color are equal in the hierarchy, even amongst non-Black people of color.

Think about the ‘Asian American’ experience that never includes South or Southeast Asians.
This is not just in America, this happens in Australia as well.

Think about the North Indians who hate dark skinned Southerners and Tamil people. Think about Hindi Imposition on the South.

Think about Arab Muslims participating in the dehumanization of Black Muslims.

I’ve begun to make a serious reconsideration of the term POC because it continues to obscure power relations between us.

Maybe what has truly failed us all this while was the false solidarity of assuming Whiteness hated us all the same.

Photograph: Richard Milnes/Demotix/Corbis

Photograph: Richard Milnes/Demotix/Corbis

So here is a list of organizations that supposedly support refugees but who are profiting off them instead. These are racist organizations full of white saviours who believe that refugees do not and should not have a voice of their own. Instead, these organizations function on the premise that white people and non-refugees should speak for them about them and above them while reaping monetary benefits of being involved in their 0ngoing incarceration and abuse.

Here is the list of orgs/co-ops that helped to start Manus/Nauru detention centres, and “community detention program”. RISE questions all these “non-profit organisations” who claimed to be “refugee supporters” but participate in the abuse, discrimination and rape culture against our community groups. The organisations below are equally as accountable as the Australian governments who have created institutions and racist policies against our community.

Salvation Army, administration for Nauru and Manus Island $74.9 million

Save the Children, for care and support services to minors on Manus Island, $11.1 million

Australian Red Cross, administration of the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme: $10.9 million

ACCESS Community Services, administration of the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme: $11.6 million

Adult Multicultural Education Services, administration of the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme: $94.5 million

Multicultural Development Association, administration of the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme: $30.7 million

Life without Barriers, for their services in particular to detained unaccompanied minors: $3.13 million

Anglicare, care and welfare services to clients in community detention: $4.6 million

Adult Multicultural Education Services, care and welfare services to clients in community detention: $9.2 million

Wesley Mission, health services for clients in community detention: $4.8 million

ACCESS Community Services, care and welfare services to clients in community detention: $7.7 million

Mercy Community Services, provision of services to clients in community detention: $1.4 million

Lentara UnitingCare (subsidiary of Hotham Mission), provision of services to clients in community detention: $2.9 million

Salvation Army, provision of Services to clients in community detention: $5.8 million

Marist Youth Care, provision of services to minors: $4.2 million

MacKillop Family Services, provision of services to clients in community detention, $2.0 million

IHMS, health service provision to refugees in detention on the mainland and on Christmas Island, $150.9 million

Note: We published this document during our ‘stop the rot’ federal election campaign in 2013.

Taken from https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8oBCLooH-ZDeWVYY1doVWFDZFE/edit. Please support RISE by donating to them.

Who gets to be ‘Asian?’

September 7, 2016
Photo by @cubbieberry

Photo by @cubbieberry

I was recently at an event at the Footscray Community Arts Centre for a panel entitled “Danger Asians.” While there were some interesting things said there, by and large, I was quite disappointed by it.

White Women on Asian Panels

For one thing, the entire panel, including the moderator, was East Asian or light-skinned Southeast Asians.

Proximity to whiteness is so obvious and clearly quite important. The panel spoke about East Asian issues. All the examples given were on Chinese history or Japanese characters, even by the Southeast Asians on the panel. The complete and utter lack of anyone actually brown on the panel was very obvious to me-someone who is ethnically South Asian while born in Southeast Asia and very concerned with both these regions. Even the questions asked were all about East Asians. The television shows ‘Family of Law’ and ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ were spoken of as ‘Asian,’ and not one person on the panel pointed out how Asian is used as a stand-in for East Asian.

Asian really means East Asian

The term Asian is so synonymous with East Asian that no one on the panel questioned it or even thought to think or speak outside the considered norm. East Asians dominate and monopolize the term, leading to the erasure of other people who occupy the category.

The fact that the organizers would rather have a white (or white-passing) woman on a panel about Asians in Australia (a woman who used the term ‘coloured people’ in a comment-yikes) rather than a visibly brown person is actually quite painful and telling.

Even within so-called POC spaces, dark-skinned Asians are constantly erased. We are not even considered, it is almost as if we do not exist.

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