#OscarsSowhite

Some people do not believe in life after death but practice Feng Shui in their lives. In their opinion, Feng Shui is not about future prediction; rather, serves as a general advisory of the potential bad luck; as well as the careless decision-making that may disturb our peace of mind and cost us dearly on the health, familial, and financial fronts. In shorts, the intention behind the attempt to figure out whether or not there is a life after death or the flow pattern of the so called, Qi, in Feng Shui, is all for the purpose of self-preservation and self-protection.

Why do we feel the need to protect and immortalize ourselves? Because, as vast as the universe is, there is only one of us, though we may share certain cultural values and physical attributes with a number of people, who descend from the same racial lineage as we do. Our individuality makes us uniquely different. In a world, where we are taught the importance of embodying our authentic self and the necessity to speak up for those weak and powerless, who do not have a voice, the innate desire to get our singular voice heard and our hard fought battles recognized is as strong as ever.

There are many spaces, resources and opportunities on this planet earth, but they are not available to all. Our background, social class, and racial privileges, in many ways, have pre-determined our life’s quality, circumstance, influence, and the degree of the abundance. Reality is a sphere, in which dichotomy and contradiction run rampant. Positively forward progression is, at times, more easily achieved in a bed time story, written on the inside pages of a children’s book than within a grown-up system, where deeply ingrained prejudices can hinder the pace of advancement of any kind subtly and efficaciously.

Over the weekend, the topic of #OscarsSowhite was once again heating up the late night radio wave of BBC London, and during which, a counter attack in the name of White Racism was mentioned by some for the purpose of justifying the blinding whiteness among the 2016 Oscars nominees. According to those counter attackers, people, who complained about the lack of racial diversity among the Oscar nominees this year, were using the race card as a tool to discriminate against white people. Some even suggested that there were not any outstanding performances by Black actors and actresses that worth an Oscar nomination, despite the fact that many positive reviews were given by film industry critics to the likes of Idris Elba, Will Smith and Michael B. Jordan.

Racism is a heavy word that is filled with historical sentiments and memories. Having studied and observed human histories of the past and the present, I am not sure that white people are in a position to couple the word, white, with the word, racism, together. In addition, thanks to the global popularity of Western pop culture, white is still perceived and portrayed to be, under majority of the circumstances, the dominant race. For someone white to self-proclaim as the victim of race-based discrimination under this #OscarsSowhite climate, in my opinion, is a little rich.

Perhaps, whoever in the white community feels and thinks being racially discriminated against is due to his or her discomfort of noticing the increasing visibility of the so called, the others, in the mainstream medias, whose presence is previously looked at as exotic, incomprehensible, and foreign. And hence resistance is their natural response to change.

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