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Mia Nakano LGBTQ | June 29, 2014 - 4:16pm

"Reverse Racism at Princeton" or "White People Can't Read This"

The Prox, a Princeton University blog hosted by the Daily Princetonian, published a piece earlier this week about an incident of purported racism in one of its classrooms:

Raphael Balsam '11, a Bloomberg Hall resident, was working on a computer in the third floor computer room when he noticed Chinese written on the blackboard last Sunday. He was surprised to learn that the writing translated to: "White people can't see this / White people can't read this / White people can't understand this" and immediately notified an RCA, Carrie Carpenter '10.
Evidently the chalkboard scrawl has caused a bit of a stir, inciting an investigation into whether or not the message was a violation of the university's Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities.

According to Roger Wang, a photographer for the Princetonian, most of those present when the message was deciphered treated it lightly, but, "I feel that there was a true concern regarding how the writing could be seen as a joke while an attack in English would suffer severe consequences."

The makers of Slumdog Millionaire told the press this week that they have made last-minute arrangements for the entire cast of the film (children included) to attend the Oscars this weekend, where it's up for seven Academy Awards.

The film has been controversial for a number of reasons, from the pejorative nature of its title to the cringe-worthy salaries paid to its child actors, Rubina and Azharuddin, (who played the youngest incarnations of protagonists Latika and Salim, respectively). While surely not all of the criticism is valid, the issue of the children's salaries remains a validly contentious one -- particularly given the wild and unexpected success of the film.

Debunking the White Man Fetish

Since writing my last entry on the Asian Fetish Myth, I've received some interesting responses. Most of them have implied that, while Asian women are fetishized by white men, Asian women perpetuate the fetish by favoring white men in the dating game (I believe Neela commented on this as well).

Asian Girls and the Guys Who Fetishize Them

That Asian Fetish Myth thing is making news again -- though this time no one's debunking it.

Obama Champions Right to Equal Pay

After eight years of disappointment, my nihilistic veneer is cracking. It's been less than two weeks since Obama's inauguration but he's already signed executive orders to close Guantanomano, seal CIA detention centers worldwide, end torture, institute transparency at the highest level of government, and repeal the Global Gag Rule -- in effect, making the world a better place. Who knew that pen-wielding could have such superheroic implications? (says the journalist).
 
Last week, our new pres kept up his hyper-progressive momentum, with the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a bill that restores individuals' ability to challenge unequal pay.

 


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