Yesterday some 6th graders in 6-2 were laughing at a picture of Martin Luther King jr. in the textbook. You know, cause he’s black. Today I caught Cool Kid in 6-3 meticulously applying white-out to his face during class. Through my laughter I managed to say “No. Stop.” He resumed minutes later and I didn’t give a fuck, it’s not like any of my kids hate black people, they just think they are funny looking. Come to think of it, even if they did hate black people I wouldn’t give a fuck, I’m here to teach English and let’s be real, most Koreans think Koreans are better than every race. Koreans outside of California don’t really know about Rodney King/ Sa-I-Gu. If they did, they would have a much less neutral attitude. In the next class I showed a video of MLK’s last speech. Nobody understood a single word or even cared about my explanation of Martin Luther King day, but then again I teach D-list students.
The reason I’m talking about MLK is this: A while back, one of my friends who had an abnormally tight vagina, I mean seriously she was pretty fucking muscular but having sex with her was like getting a handjob from an angry Steve Austin in the awesomest heterosexual way posted this as a status, and accrued many likes:
“When we complain about men raping, abusing, harassing, and refusing us our human rights, and you come back angrily with “But some men aren’t like that! How dare you imply that I might be like that.” Do you not think that the problem might come from the very fact that you are angry at us for complaining, rather than angry at your fellow boys and men for this enduring misogyny? Instead of being furious that we point out that some men do act this way - including men these women trust completely - be angry that there are men that will treat your mother, sister, daughter, friend, girlfriend badly purely because they are female. Not only that but they are giving you a bad name, not us.” — Unknown.
It’s a catchy quote- that’s why so many people liked it. It’s also a quote that one were to oppose, the oppose would likely get branded a misogynist or a promoter of “rape culture”.
I offered this analogy to illustrate the prejudice of the quote:
“When we complain about Black people raping, stealing, murdering, and smoking crack, and you come back angrily with “But some Black people aren’t like that! How dare you imply that I might be like that.” Do you not think that the problem might come from the very fact that you are angry at us for complaining, rather than angry at your fellow Black people for this enduring criminality? Instead of being furious that we point out that some blacks do act this way - including Blacks these people trust completely - be angry that there are Blacks that will treat their Black brothers and White peers badly. Not only that but they are giving you a bad name, not us.” — Unknown.
Any reasonable person can see that both my version of the quote and the original rationalize group generalizing as just, only the first targets Men and the second targets Blacks. It seems that some women, oftentimes those who identify themselves as feminists but don’t know the difference between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd wave feminism (hint: 1st wavers fought against the oppression of women and won, 2nd wavers created new forms of oppression against women that persist to this day, and 3rd wavers are a mix of liberal arts majors who mean well but have lost their way in the quagmire of philosophical sophistry and smart women) feel that one cannot be prejudiced against a majority such as Men.
My buzz is wearing off, but I am left with this thought which has been burning bright in my head since I watched Martin Luther King speak out against civil injustice again:
Whether you judge me by the color of my skin, the shape of my eyes, my sexual orientation or what lies between my legs, it does not matter to me. If you should judge me by anything other than the content of my character, you are just another chimpanzee who represents everything that the Civil Rights movement marched against, what thousands of brave, Black brothers gave their lives for.
Oh yeah, Seoul was cool and I’ll write about that soon. Reading Game of Thrones has been taking up all my time.