Racism is fucked up. No matter where it rears its ugly head, it manifests the same symptoms, vile, putrid, and evil ones at that. The following story is an example of how disheartening racism can be across cultural and political borders. For this episode of global racists, we take you to… China!
20 year old Lou Jing is not your average Shanghai girl, she’s an aspiring star, one that can sing, and even rap a little. Lou Jing has aspirations to go to Columbia University and really take it to the world, on a Carpe Diem tip you could say. So recently when she starred on Chinese Idol, the pressure was on, she was in the limelight, and was being asked to star. As far as most objective observers could tell, Lou Jing performed very well all whilst looking absolutely stunning. Her ability to rap a little was a unique skill that further distinguished herself from her esteemed peers. Unfortunately, Lou Jing’s distinctness eliminated her from serious consideration before she even graced the stage. You see, Lou Jing is bi-racial, half black, half chinese, which for the majority of our planet means black.
Lou Jing was raised by her mother who is Chinese after her father left her mother before she was even born. For Lou Jing, life in Shanghai was nothing other than the life she always knew and loved. She is very much a young CHINESE girl, there’s no doubt about that. What I and many others are confused and appalled by is the manner in which she was treated on national Chinese television. Put simply, her dignity was raped. On stage the judges ‘adoringly’ called her ‘chocolate girl’, and a wave of racial critique hit the Chinese web community. Within hours of Lou Jing’s TV appearance she was labeled as “gross” and “ugly” on Chinese entertainment blogs, and her mother was criticized for having sex with a ‘black’ man. Speaking to NPR last week she was visibly shaken saying “I’ve always thought of myself as Shanghainese, but after the competition I started to have doubts about who I really am”. Well, that’s nice and sad.
But overall this story is a happy one, she will probably end up going to Columbia due to this, and her looks are far beyond the aesthetic filter the freaking Chinese have placed on themselves. Between Lou Jing and Amerie (half black, half Korean), I’m pretty sure we found the genetic equivalent of alchemy gold.