Let me calmly try to explain to you how ignorant and completely idiotic this message is.
Starting in the beginning, the first part of this that’s alarming is the fact that you said “America is made up of white people”. Let’s throw some statistics out there to give you a bit of insight.
Black or African American 13.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2%
Asian alone 5.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2%
Two or More Races 2.4%
Hispanic or Latino 16.9%
Add those up and that makes up 38.9% of the people living in America. Here’s a source for you too. As of 2013, there are 316,128,839 people in America. According to the percentage I found, the math shows that 125,819,277 people in the United States are not white. So straight off the bat you’re beginning your argument with a misunderstanding of America’s population.
Now that we have these statistics, we can take another argument you made and clean it up a bit. Let’s say that we make it so that America’s media represents it’s population. So it must be that 39.8% of movies, music and TV are represented by POC, right?
We’ll focus on one area of this right now because I truly do not have time to point out all the under-representation of POC in American media. We’ll continue by passing out some more statistics. Blacks and Latinos are together less than 5 percent of voters for the Oscars. According to an article I’m currently looking at, “Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.” Here’s a link to it. If we look above at our stastics about population, this country is 16.9% Latino or Hispanic yet we have less than 2% of the Oscars being represented by this demographic. Your argument immediately becomes invalid.
Moving on to the completely inaccurate history fact you’ve decided to bestow upon me. “We founded this country”. No. “You” didn’t. You invaded this country. I don’t know what level of school you have completed and I don’t know what kind of school you go to but I do know that ever since I began school in America during the second grade, the words “Native Americans” and “Founding Fathers” have been thrown at my face nonstop. Our history books don’t go into much detail about this because it makes white people look bad and :O :O WE CAN’T DO THAT!!! Here’s the truth: Native Americans inhabited this country long before white people did. White people invaded their land, turned them into practically an endangered species and left them for dead. Columbus brought the mighty Mayflower to this country and and wiped out about 90% of the Native American population of Massachusetts by spreading smallpox. Here’s a source. You don’t own this country, you don’t represent this country. The inhabitants of it do.
"Bollywood movies have only Indian people in them". Firstly, you’re wrong. I’m not even going to take the time to correct you on how many countries of South Asia (and beyond) are represented by bollywood. I’m not saying bollywood itself doesn’t have misrepresentation and flaws but the country of India does not claim itself to be the melting pot of the world. The country of India does not claim that it’s multiple elements of culture melts together to form one homogeneous entity. INDIA’S PEOPLE DON’T UNDERGO CULTURAL ASSIMILATION DUE TO MEDIA PORTRAYAL.
My parents gave up speaking their native language, living amongst their own people and practicing their own culture without being judged to come live here because it’s a melting pot, the land of oppurtunity, the place where everyone is accepted. And here I am, 14 years later, replying to a message that looks like this attacking my right to be angry about being misrepresented in a land where acceptance was advertised to the rest of the world. A land where oppurtunity is advertised to the rest of the world. A land where I was told I could be anything or anyone. But unfortunately I forgot to read the fine print that explains I have to be white for that to apply to me. Incredible.
I truly pity you.
Where did you go?, Hishaam Siddiqi
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There is a post going around tumblr with tens of thousands of notes saying that I “announced” that a certain character in my book The Fault in Our Stars dies one year after the end of the book.
1. I have never said, written, or thought any such thing. (Photoshop is magic!)
2. If I had said, written, or thought any such thing (which, again, I did not), it would not become true. As you’ve probably heard me say a gajillion times, I don’t think the voice of the author should be privileged when it comes to matters outside a book’s text. So if I ever make such an “announcement,” I don’t think it should carry more weight than any other reader’s speculation.
I ended The Fault in Our Stars where I wanted to end it. I have never said anything about what might happen before or after what’s depicted in the book. I finished writing it, for better or for worse, and it now belongs to you.
I want to make love to you in my childhood home,
bring your hips to my hips in every place I ever felt small,
find better reasons for staying up nights.
currently reading: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
(Also Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh)
Just finished: Allegiant by Veronica Roth