International Writers Magazine: Comment
the U.S.A. people are all prejudice which in itself is quite normal.
I suspect we can all agree upon that. However, racism
is more deliberate and more direct and to the point. There
is no room for sarcasm. We have learnt to live together.
We have learnt to accept our differences to a degree where we
can work together.
I think western
countries have centuries of experience in dealing with various races
whereas eastern countries have not. But yet, western countries
have the longest and most brutal history of mistreatment of people of
non-European background. Emil Nolde, German impressionist painter,
who himself was a Natzi even stated that " the white man has brought
the whole world under his oppression, changing all of mankind [sic]."
He wrote that while traveling through China during the Arrow Affair
period. I have always been astonished at how unified racist elements
can be and at the same time how backwards and stupid they are at the
Let me explain: Foujita Tsuguharu, Japanese painter, known for his amazing
and ground breaking art work.
Here is a man who arguably changed French painting forever !
His techniques at drawing white skinned naked women on a canvas background
was unheard of in the art world. When he finally returned to Japan
which was during WW2 he tried to help out with the troops moral by drawing
nationalistic pictures to help inspire them to continue the fight.
After Japan lost the war, Foujita was branded a radical by his own peers
and was expelled from society.
Foujita returned to France to live out the remainder of his life in
peace and never returned to his native land again. He was even
buried in France during a time when racism had still existed. The Japanese
turned their back on a man who was a nationalist national treasure.
Emil Nolde himself was branded an outcast by Hitler because he didn't
believe in art which he felt was a corruption of the soul. Many
of Emil's paintings depicted suffering Jews that glorified Natzi oppression.
Today, in Japan, we see the same hypocrisy. We see a new form
of racism beginning to emerge in this country. What's interesting
however, is that the Japanese have no first hand knowledge regarding
other races in terms of real experience, but yet they are prejudice
and borderline racist all at the same time. They draw faulty conclusions
based on pure ignorance.
So for the sake of argument, let's say that all Japanese people are
racist to the core, and let's say that all Japanese have first hand
experience dealing with non-Japanese from which they can draw their
racist conclusions from. Tomorrow, Shinzo Abe makes an announcement
that every Japanese will digress back to the old ways.
There is only one problem. Pacifism and racist don't mix very
It's like saying that "war is wrong, but racism is okay."
That's like Hitler saying " it's okay to hate the Jew and kill
the Jew, but war is wrong." For the Japanese it's okay to be racist,
but nationalism is bad because it shows we love our country and our
I can hate the big bad black man, but I am too damn cowardly to wave
the Hinomaru ! I can't sing the Kimigayo because it reflects on
my racist past too much and I am ashamed at what my country men did
to others, but black is bad
black is bad. Japanese don't
like Blacks because they did nothing to us. We did nothing to
Tenno Heika Banzai
How to be 'polite' in Japan
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