I recently heard about Alexandra Wallace, the girl who made a video about different ways that Asian people annoy her, and who is now leaving the university supposedly due to death threats but also probably due to the stigma of being seen in a bad way.
Now, I watched the video for myself and although there are parts in there that are offensive, such as when she makes fun of the way that Asians speak, I didn’t think it was that bad. She wasn’t calling for them to be rounded up or shot or anything like that. However, she also complained about people calling home due to the tsunami which was not cool and she probably shouldn’t have complained about that at all.
So, what do you think about this girl and her opinions? When I studied at the library, I was also annoyed by those chatters regardless of their race so I can see where she’s coming from, but posting a video on YouTube and singling out Asians? She made a big mistake there. Of course, everyone is prejudiced to some degree and I’m sure plenty of people judged this girl based on her hair color and cleavage.
What I find really interesting about this is the fact that so many people know about this story now, and that her video can be preserved even if she took down her own copy. We live in an age of nearly infinite storage and limitless bandwidth, and it is really changing the notion of privacy, memory, and how we should approach life. If you say something offensive in person, you can always apologize, but with Google Cache, Internet Archive, etc… if you say something offensive on the net, you can count on it sticking around for a while and spreading further than you intended.
The events happening in Japan have deeply moved me in two directions; in horror at how thousands of lives have been swept away and families shattered, but also in wonder at the courageousness and strength of the Japanese, and at their resolve to help each other instead of looting and grabbing everything in sight. Maybe when you live in such high density with others it pays to be polite with your neighbours, but whatever the reasons are, it’s something to see.
I wrote a post this week about helping Japan that has more information about how you can donate toward the earthquake & tsunami relief efforts; I hope you’ll consider it!
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Thanks for stopping by and for the great comments, everyone; have a great weekend!