I’m not sure how this thread of posts gets started. One possibility is my post of the open letter from a New York Times editor to the WeChat group I belong for certain people in northern California. Yesterday I stepped upon the following post (I purposely remove the reference of identity to protect their privacy).
All are from the same person except the last one. I don’t know this woman. From her posts, she enjoys bragging about how much money she has, she hates Hillary Clinton, and she supports Donald Trump, to the point of being an extremist for the lack of a better word. When New York Times published the partial tax returns of Donald Trump and suggested that it be possible that Donald Trump might have avoided paying personal income tax for 18 years, she posted over and over in the group that the tax laws would not allow Donald Trump to do so. Otherwise she would do the same with her real estate loss. Because of those posts, I usually skim through to look for posts by other people.
What’s caught my eyes this time was the thumbs-up from another person, and the silence afterwards. While I can understand the hatred towards Clinton, I am still having trouble to comprehend how it automatically translates to diehard support for Donald Trump. But that is besides the point. After some thinking, I posted the following to the group around 8AM EST.
Based on the past posts, I was expecting an onslaught of refuting posts. The first few posts were thumbs-up to me, to my surprise, then followed by a couple of posts by two to three people listed below in the order of appearances.
The Chinese word in her original post is discriminate but in her excuse post she changed the word to disdain. Other posts talk about racial bias and its influence on choosing a neighborhood when buying a house. The last post, loosely translated, says “Disagreeing with other people’s values, thinking oneself correct, using political correctness, is also a discrimination”.
I have a theory that racial preference is genetic-related and everyone is racially biased. However, many people understand the effect and immorality of acting upon such a bias in certain ways and becoming a racist. In another word, I differentiate between racial bias and racist.
Had she used disdain instead of discriminate when talking about races, I would not have said a word. I said what I said because I had assumed that an educated Chinese would, after living in this country for awhile, consider it a wrong thing to be a racist. The post and followups prove me incorrect on both educated and wrong.
The posts show each one either uses his/her own definition of the word racist or believes that he/she has a right to be a racist (I’m giving an alternate because I don’t know these people and want to give them the benefit of doubt). The last post refers being a racist as a different value. And disagreeing with someone is also discrimination. Huh?
Now to the question I’m asking about students in China: Chinese are stereotyped as hard-study students. Shall we really say that they are hard-indoctrinated students? Or is racism so deeply embedded in the culture?