Experiences of Racism?
Posted 5/12/13 , edited 5/12/13
As a Caucasian person, I'm curious to hear from people of various backgrounds what their experiences with racism have been? Have you seen racist imagery when reading anime or manga? What about going to conventions or doing cosplay? Or fandom? What are your life experiences in general?

I'd prefer if everyone was considerate and respectful when responding to people's experiences. Essentially, if you're a white person and a black person talks about how they've felt unwelcome in the cosplay community because of their skin colour, don't silence them or tell them how not all white people are like that.

It's not very productive in a discussion and makes you look kind of awful.

P.S. If this turns into a discussion about whether or not whites experience racism, I will scream loudly and post a lot of frowny faces. It's not that you aren't entitled to your opinion, I just don't believe it's going to contribute to this particular discussion.

Here's my example of racism, that has not affected me personally but is something I noticed:

Although, Usopp is one of my favourite characters from One Piece, he is a character of made up of black face. Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person.

Oda, the creator of One Piece, stated in a SBS that if the Strawhat Pirates were from various countries around the world, Usopp would be from Africa.

R: Nice to meet you, Oda-sensei. I have a question. If One Piece was set in the real world, which countries would the nine Straw Hats come from? (Pen Name: MICHAEL JACKSONS' BROTHER)

O: Well. I'll just put what fits with the character's image.

Luffy: Brazil
Zoro: Japan
Nami: Sweden
Usopp: Africa
Sanji: France
Chopper: Canada
Robin: Russia
Franky: USA
Brook: Austria

Note how he says that it fit the character's image. Racist American propaganda used to dehumanize African-Americans: the puffed lips and the bulging eyes have been filtered down into Eiichiro Oda's perception of what an "African" looks like.

I'm not going to address all the racial issues in One Piece, as there are many, but I thought I'd use this as starting off point.
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Posted 5/12/13 , edited 5/12/13
Racism has died down in my opinion. When I first moved to the UK as a child/teen, I experienced various racial abuse from children and adult verbally and physically many times. But it's true what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!

My friends who are white also get abuse from non-white people, though not as traumatic as mine but racism do exist and could happen to anyone in any race. For example my boyfriend is white Irish and he sometimes get abuse from white English people for being Irish and the stereotype that comes along with it. He even got refuse from boarding on a public transport because he was Irish (wtf!).

This may be a little bit off topic but I think people now-a-days are more aware of racial prejudice but not aware of religion related prejudice, whilst I am an atheist and have a basic concept of different religions, many people are blindly bias toward a certain group of religious people because of the media. It is sad!
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Posted 5/12/13 , edited 5/12/13
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