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Racism, White Supremacy, Stereotypes & Hollywood
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boycott their movies and write letters to send a message
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you are just being too sincere or being too stupid are you?
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Bulletproof Monk (2003)
Seann William Scott as (originally Tibetan American) Kar




I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2005)
Rob Schneider as Asian Minister

Rob Schneider’s Filipino grandmother notwithstanding, his portrayal of an “Asian minister” in this film was widely criticized. It was noted by Richard Roeper as “perhaps the most egregious stereotype of its kind since Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”




Balls of Fire (2007)
Christopher Walken as Feng





Norbit (2007)
Eddie Murphy as Mr.Wong







30 Days of Night (2007)
Josh Hartnett as (originally Inuit) Sheriff Eben



21 (2008)
Jim Sturgess as Ben





Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
Justin Chatwin as Goku

Few examples of modern yellowface are as notorious as the films 21 and Dragonball: Evolution. In 21, the story of real-life Asian American blackjack players was re-cast to feature white actors in every prominent role. Dragonball’s Goku, the Japanese equivalent of Superman (an alien child lands on Earth, is raised by the native culture, and becomes adopted as the champion of his new home), was likewise whitewashed with the casting of Justin Chatwin.

Regardless of the ethnicity in the source material – whether mythological, fictional, or historical – Hollywood continues to enforce a glass ceiling for performers of color.



Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Jake Gyllenhaal as 6th century Persian prince Dastan
Gemma Arterton as “exotic Indian princess Tamina”





Genghis Khan (announced, 2013)
Mickey Rourke as Genghis Khan


Yellowface helps to ensure that top acting roles continue to fall into white hands. Asians and other minorities have become acceptable to see in small roles such as sidekicks, maids, war enemies, etc. It is rare enough that a good script is written that calls for an Asian in a leading role. When these scripts do arise, yellowface makes it acceptable for that role to go to a white person. Producers claimed that audiences didn’t want to look at an Asian lead for so long, or that there weren’t any qualified Asian actors.

- Peter Npstad
Western Visions: Fu Manchu and the Yellow Peril



There are enough minority actors and actresses for marginal or sinister characters – but Hollywood continues to insist it is difficult or impossible to find talented Asian American actors for positive, substantial roles. This is reflected in Paramount’s planned films for the 2010s. Of the studio’s announced films, 89% feature white leads. On a related note, a staggering 94% of planned leads are men, despite the fact that women make up 55% of American ticket sales.
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Fourteen Examples of Systemic Racism in the US Criminal Justice System

by Bill Quigley

The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people.

Saying the US criminal system is racist may be politically controversial in some circles. But the facts are overwhelming. No real debate about that. Below I set out numerous examples of these facts.

The question is – are these facts the mistakes of an otherwise good system, or are they evidence that the racist criminal justice system is working exactly as intended? Is the US criminal justice system operated to marginalize and control millions of African Americans?

Information on race is available for each step of the criminal justice system – from the use of drugs, police stops, arrests, getting out on bail, legal representation, jury selection, trial, sentencing, prison, parole and freedom. Look what these facts show.

One. The US has seen a surge in arrests and putting people in jail over the last four decades. Most of the reason is the war on drugs. Yet whites and blacks engage in drug offenses, possession and sales, at roughly comparable rates – according to a report on race and drug enforcement published by Human Rights Watch in May 2008. While African Americans comprise 13% of the US population and 14% of monthly drug users they are 37% of the people arrested for drug offenses – according to 2009 Congressional testimony by Marc Mauer of The Sentencing Project.

Two. The police stop blacks and Latinos at rates that are much higher than whites. In New York City, where people of color make up about half of the population, 80% of the NYPD stops were of blacks and Latinos. When whites were stopped, only 8% were frisked. When blacks and Latinos are stopped 85% were frisked according to information provided by the NYPD. The same is true most other places as well. In a California study, the ACLU found blacks are three times more likely to be stopped than whites.

Three. Since 1970, drug arrests have skyrocketed rising from 320,000 to close to 1.6 million according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice.

African Americans are arrested for drug offenses at rates 2 to 11 times higher than the rate for whites – according to a May 2009 report on disparity in drug arrests by Human Rights Watch.

Four. Once arrested, blacks are more likely to remain in prison awaiting trial than whites. For example, the New York state division of criminal justice did a 1995 review of disparities in processing felony arrests and found that in some parts of New York blacks are 33% more likely to be detained awaiting felony trials than whites facing felony trials.

Five. Once arrested, 80% of the people in the criminal justice system get a public defender for their lawyer. Race plays a big role here as well. Stop in any urban courtroom and look a the color of the people who are waiting for public defenders. Despite often heroic efforts by public defenders the system gives them much more work and much less money than the prosecution. The American Bar Association, not a radical bunch, reviewed the US public defender system in 2004 and concluded “All too often, defendants plead guilty, even if they are innocent, without really understanding their legal rights or what is occurring…The fundamental right to a lawyer that America assumes applies to everyone accused of criminal conduct effectively does not exist in practice for countless people across the US.”

Six. African Americans are frequently illegally excluded from criminal jury service according to a June 2010 study released by the Equal Justice Initiative. For example in Houston County, Alabama, 8 out of 10 African Americans qualified for jury service have been struck by prosecutors from serving on death penalty cases.

Seven. Trials are rare. Only 3 to 5 percent of criminal cases go to trial – the rest are plea bargained. Most African Americans defendants never get a trial. Most plea bargains consist of promise of a longer sentence if a person exercises their constitutional right to trial. As a result, people caught up in the system, as the American Bar Association points out, plead guilty even when innocent. Why? As one young man told me recently, “Who wouldn’t rather do three years for a crime they didn’t commit than risk twenty-five years for a crime they didn’t do?”

Eight. The U.S. Sentencing Commission reported in March 2010 that in the federal system black offenders receive sentences that are 10% longer than white offenders for the same crimes. Marc Mauer of the Sentencing Project reports African Americans are 21% more likely to receive mandatory minimum sentences than white defendants and 20% more like to be sentenced to prison than white drug defendants.

Nine. The longer the sentence, the more likely it is that non-white people will be the ones getting it. A July 2009 report by the Sentencing Project found that two-thirds of the people in the US with life sentences are non-white. In New York, it is 83%.

Ten. As a result, African Americans, who are 13% of the population and 14% of drug users, are not only 37% of the people arrested for drugs but 56% of the people in state prisons for drug offenses. Marc Mauer May 2009 Congressional Testimony for The Sentencing Project.

Eleven. The US Bureau of Justice Statistics concludes that the chance of a black male born in 2001 of going to jail is 32% or 1 in three. Latino males have a 17% chance and white males have a 6% chance. Thus black boys are five times and Latino boys nearly three times as likely as white boys to go to jail.

Twelve. So, while African American juvenile youth is but 16% of the population, they are 28% of juvenile arrests, 37% of the youth in juvenile jails and 58% of the youth sent to adult prisons. 2009 Criminal Justice Primer, The Sentencing Project.

Thirteen. Remember that the US leads the world in putting our own people into jail and prison. The New York Times reported in 2008 that the US has five percent of the world’s population but a quarter of the world’s prisoners, over 2.3 million people behind bars, dwarfing other nations. The US rate of incarceration is five to eight times higher than other highly developed countries and black males are the largest percentage of inmates according to ABC News.

Fourteen. Even when released from prison, race continues to dominate. A study by Professor Devah Pager of the University of Wisconsin found that 17% of white job applicants with criminal records received call backs from employers while only 5% of black job applicants with criminal records received call backs. Race is so prominent in that study that whites with criminal records actually received better treatment than blacks without criminal records!

So, what conclusions do these facts lead to? The criminal justice system, from start to finish, is seriously racist.

Professor Michelle Alexander concludes that it is no coincidence that the criminal justice system ramped up its processing of African Americans just as the Jim Crow laws enforced since the age of slavery ended. Her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness sees these facts as evidence of the new way the US has decided to control African Americans – a racialized system of social control. The stigma of criminality functions in much the same way as Jim Crow – creating legal boundaries between them and us, allowing legal discrimination against them, removing the right to vote from millions, and essentially warehousing a disposable population of unwanted people. She calls it a new caste system.

Poor whites and people of other ethnicity are also subjected to this system of social control. Because if poor whites or others get out of line, they will be given the worst possible treatment, they will be treated just like poor blacks.

Other critics like Professor Dylan Rodriguez see the criminal justice system as a key part of what he calls the domestic war on the marginalized. Because of globalization, he argues in his book Forced Passages, there is an excess of people in the US and elsewhere. “These people”, whether they are in Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib or US jails and prisons, are not productive, are not needed, are not wanted and are not really entitled to the same human rights as the productive ones. They must be controlled and dominated for the safety of the productive. They must be intimidated into accepting their inferiority or they must be removed from the society of the productive.

This domestic war relies on the same technology that the US uses internationally. More and more we see the militarization of this country’s police. Likewise, the goals of the US justice system are the same as the US war on terror - domination and control by capture, immobilization, punishment and liquidation.

What to do?

Martin Luther King Jr., said we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.

A radical approach to the US criminal justice system means we must go to the root of the problem. Not reform. Not better beds in better prisons. We are not called to only trim the leaves or prune the branches, but rip up this unjust system by its roots.

We are all entitled to safety. That is a human right everyone has a right to expect. But do we really think that continuing with a deeply racist system leading the world in incarcerating our children is making us safer?

It is time for every person interested in justice and safety to join in and dismantle this racist system. Should the US decriminalize drugs like marijuana? Should prisons be abolished? Should we expand the use of restorative justice? Can we create fair educational, medical and employment systems? All these questions and many more have to be seriously explored. Join a group like INCITE, Critical Resistance, the Center for Community Alternatives, Thousand Kites, or the California Prison Moratorium and work on it. As Professor Alexander says “Nothing short of a major social movement can dismantle this new caste system.”

Bill is Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. He is a Katrina survivor and has been active in human rights in Haiti for years with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. Quigley77@gmail.com
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DrifterZ0 wrote:

As opposed to Yellow racism, we might take in note that the hate for another race for whatever reason is still racism.

Whether it is hating a race for making stupid mistakes, whether hating a race because whatever reason you point out.

Sorry to say this Mr. Shinto-male, but you are being a racist.


But no one here has an issue with white people. Shinto-Male is calling white people out for institutions that fall largely in their favor.
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This is from memory but Japanese companies have a large roll in the Hollywood you dis-like. You call Racism when it should be called bigotry at best. As the population change the more actor's will change to reflect the movie going audience. It is called economics and name recognition. To save money I would go with no name talent. There something to a name and a large pay check for that name will bring in some people because of the name. Here I go again basic economics 101 wake up use your brain other then a hat rack.
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the population is changing over 30% of americans are minorities and are still growing and the minority population have higher birth rates than the white population and the economic excuse is done to death in this thread already America currently have a black president why can't Hollywood put more minorities in leading roles and let Asian Americans play asian historical figures like Ghengis Khan?





Extraordinary Measures: Another Case of Yellowface in Hollywood

When I first saw the movie poster for Extraordinary Measures, starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford, I had no idea what it was about. I guessed Harrison Ford played some kind of heroic character, but beyond that, I had no idea. Nor did I really care — the movie poster looked “eh.”

Then I read this article on racebending.com and found out that Harrison Ford’s character, a doctor who finds a cure for Pompe disease, is actually based on an Asian doctor, Dr. Yuan-Tsong Chen. Here is a portion of Roger Ebert’s review of the movie:

Dr. Robert Stonehill doesn’t exist in real life. The Pompe cure was developed by and his colleagues while he was at Duke University. He is now director of the Institute of Biomedical Science in Taiwan. Harrison Ford, as this film’s executive producer, perhaps saw Stonehill as a plum role for himself; a rewrite was necessary because he couldn’t very well play Dr. Chen. The real Chen, a Taiwan University graduate, worked his way up at Duke from a residency to professor and chief of medical genetics at the Duke University Medical Center. He has been mentioned as a Nobel candidate.

I know this isn’t the first time a Caucasian actor was hired to play a role based on an Asian or Asian American — far from it. But that doesn’t make it any more bearable each time it happens. I’ve always had respect for Harrison Ford as an actor, but I wonder if the movie — which opened to just $7 million this weekend, for 7th place — would’ve been better had an unknown Asian actor been cast. I understand the studio probably wanted a famous actor to carry the role. Yet, if you look at previous unknowns like Gabourey Sidibe in Precious and Carey Mulligan in An Education, you know this is the year of the breakout star.

I don’t know about you, but I believe America is more than ready for Asian Americans starring in non-martial arts films. Even if Hollywood isn’t.

http://www.8asians.com/2010/02/01/extraordinary-measures-another-case-of-yellowface-in-hollywood/
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Covert anti-japanese racism

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-648372/otaku-arent-japanese/?pg=3#32659760


I dont really understand weeaboos... i know a couple and they're alright, but sometimes they go a little too far with their obsessions. It's okay to be unique, like anime and stuff, its just that I think many of these people take it a little too far. When you abandon reality in favor of your anime and manga (etc.), that's when I think you've really gone too far. Japan is indeed, a different country than most weeaboos think of it as, not everyone there is interested in anime and stuff. Many weeaboos, when thinking of Japan, just think of anime and what they've seen of Japan through anime, they arent looking at the real thing, and dont recognize Japan for what it really is, and thus fantasize about it...

And, if you don't mind me asking, what's with the obsessions with Asian girls? I've been seeing it more and more and it's starting to bother me...


More covert anti-Japanese racism

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-643634/why-do-everyone-love-japan-and-japanese-people/?pg=11#32573792


http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-643634/why-do-everyone-love-japan-and-japanese-people/?pg=11#32574946


http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-643634/why-do-everyone-love-japan-and-japanese-people/?pg=12#32575181


http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-643634/why-do-everyone-love-japan-and-japanese-people/?pg=12#32601585






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I know there is anti Japanese resentment but most that comes from Asia not here. Most Americans did not live through japan WW2 stunts and there allot survivor from that war that can remember what they saw. Think thing through better you should know there was a Japanese American regiment or division that won more unit citation in WW2. I respect the Asian people I just wished they stop looking at the ground so much.
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This is from memory but Japanese companies have a large roll in the Hollywood you dis-like. You call Racism when it should be called bigotry at best. As the population change the more actor's will change to reflect the movie going audience. It is called economics and name recognition. To save money I would go with no name talent. There something to a name and a large pay check for that name will bring in some people because of the name. Here I go again basic economics 101 wake up use your brain other then a hat rack.


Except that name recognition doesn't work. They tried to do that with Memoirs of a Geisha and MOAG TANKED at the box office. Same with The Last Airbender.

Ultimately, name recognition means absolutely crap when it comes to if it is a good movie or not.
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What about Tom Cruse and which I can not stand there other actors but right now my blank Morgan Freeman and Eastwood I love to see them work together or independently.. Remember it may have tanked here what about over sea it may not have. Most people are not even familiar with those titles. And marketing has allot to do with a movie success. How were the star in those movies I do not pay much attention to stuff like that. American idol I could careless about it. What about Jet Lee and Jackie Chain ? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can say that but they do pay large amounts of money to this jokers because of there name. I guess Hollywood likes flush money down the toilet, i am pretty sure they do not. the there only a hand-full of movies that are consider block buster in a year. allot of movies do not even break even and some make profit. The after market sell need to be looked at as well. By the way every ones a critic when movies are involved.
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tarakelly wrote:

This is from memory but Japanese companies have a large roll in the Hollywood you dis-like. You call Racism when it should be called bigotry at best. As the population change the more actor's will change to reflect the movie going audience. It is called economics and name recognition. To save money I would go with no name talent. There something to a name and a large pay check for that name will bring in some people because of the name. Here I go again basic economics 101 wake up use your brain other then a hat rack.


Except that name recognition doesn't work. They tried to do that with Memoirs of a Geisha and MOAG TANKED at the box office. Same with The Last Airbender.

Ultimately, name recognition means absolutely crap when it comes to if it is a good movie or not.
Or to be precise, what marginalized stereotype/expectation is more marketable, and bank in on the over-hyped media frenzy of the easily impressed masses.

BTW, I quite liked MOAG. The politics behind the Geisha community is very complex and frankly interesting to explore.
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The fight against racism must continue

The fight against racism must continue


Daily News July 30, 2010



One of the quirks of the Canadian identity is our belief that we don't have a problem with racism here.

Hardly. The headlines speak loudly. In Courtenay three men are convicted for an attack on a black man in a case that had definite racist elements; in Richmond, an 18-year-old man is arrested for writing racist graffiti targeting people of Chinese descent; in Vancouver a Jewish synagogue and community hall that have been victims of attacks are granted federal money to beef up security.

Canada may not be the deep south, notorious for racist attitudes among many whites against African-Americans. And though we pride ourselves for receiving slaves who escaped via the Underground Railroad in the 19th century, the reality was that for those who got here they had freedom but little else due to the colour of their skin.

And let us not think that it was just easterners. A 19th century black settlement on Saltspring Island was not exactly accepted.

We all know the stories about the treatment of First Nations, the Japanese internment and even up to the 1970s when south Asians faced racism as they settled in cities like Toronto.

It is with considerable regret that as Canadians we must say racism is not confined to just these sad realities of the past.

Due in part to the Internet, hate is making a big comeback. It used to be that like-minded people, if they didn't want to dress up in bedsheets, had to sneak about surreptitiously for fear of being exposed.

Today they preach to the world from the anonymity of a computer in their own home. But one thing hasn't changed, and that's the surreptitious nature of these cowards.

When the Daily News ran stories about the RCMP shooting death of Jeff Hughes in October last year, claims emerged he was associated with racist groups.

Whether he was connected with such groups or not is not relevant. But what was of interest at that time was that certain racist groups did react to the shooting. And there was not a single instance in which individuals associated with those groups revealed who they were.

We should make no mistake that if we are seeing racist graffiti, attacks with racist overtones and Jewish groups needing enhanced security, racist groups are playing no small part as they use the Internet to spread their particular poison.

Such groups often pose as fighting for rights or free speech when the reality is that their bottom line is violence; making their racist views into reality would require the use of force in no small dose.

Fighting racism only starts with education, and not just with children. It starts with ourselves and admitting that the irrational fear or dislike of other races seems to be part of the human makeup. But by being aware of when we are doing it, we can then make a different choice. And we can teach our children to do the same, as well as those important lessons about being tolerant and open-minded.

One of the worst things we can do as Canadians is walk about thinking we're less racist than people in the United States or other countries. Racism doesn't work that way, it's not about quantity. Any amount at any place at any time is wrong.

By telling ourselves such a story we only allow the racists among us to continue to lurk in the shadows when they need to be exposed to the light like the scurrying cockroaches they are.

We may not be able to eliminate that very human xenophobic tendency, but we must learn ways to eliminate its manifestations.

http://www.canada.com/fight+against+racism+must+continue/3341259/story.html
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Go ahead boycott the movies like it going to make a real difference. The Japanese market is not that big and has very little to do with the politico in move making.
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more people are boycotting hollywood

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