This is so frightening that I had to comment. I feel that I’m in a particular situation to understand it. As a child, I grew up being told I wasn’t white by most people in school, because I was Jewish. Even to the point that I was told on questionnaires I had to mark my ethnicity as “other.” While, I’m Caucasian, I feel far from the notion of white privilege. Why? World War II and the fact that anti-semitism is rampant, either overtly or covertly. Nonetheless I am white.
Foyt’s portrayal of the “Coals” and “Pearls” is overtly racist! Read this article and you’ll CLEARLY see why. The very names of the two peoples is glaringly offensive. Pearls are seen as beautiful, fancy stones. And coals? Well, we all know how valued coals are OUTSIDE of material value (i.e. being USED for fuel).
So, Foyt’s portrayal may seem outlandish and horrible. Horrible? Yes. Outlandish? No. When I’m in a group of Caucasians, who don’t know I’m Jewish, it’s quite interesting…wait…horrifying to hear what some people say.
And where does this sense of freedom to speak openly when there are no PoC around? Well, I’ve noticed since Affirmative Action came around (note it was prevalent beforehand anyway) bitterness has spread through the non-PoC’s culture. It’s called, “bullying” or “unfair” or my least favorite, “Reverse racism.” There’s no such thing as reverse racism. Racism is racism.
This bitterness has led to a number of white employees suing employers who’ve promoted PoC over them simply because they were “minorities.” All things being equal, yes ethnicity may have been the reason. And…too bad.
You have four hundred years of AMERICAN slavery to thank for that. If it weren’t for Affirmative Action PoC would be losing out far more than whites are right now. It still happens anyway. In high school I applied for a job at a store around the way, and was told “no jews.”
Now that PoC are given a leg-up, it’s considered horribly unfair. This is where the bitterness comes in. So, I’m sure Foyt’s frightening portrayal of the “coals” stems from this same resentment. PoC are recognized as equal, which means whites are actually losing out on jobs. Throw in a mix of immigrants and well-fare…people used to being given all the advantages begrudge those that take .1% of their “treasures.”
As you can see, this has me all fired up. What’s the icing on the cake? Foyt doesn’t get it! She’s surprised people are offended by the racist overtone. She expected readers to take offense at the presence of an interracial relationship!
As someone who’s almost been in only interracial relationships that makes me want to…I won’t say it. Interracial relationships have only been on the rise as have the number of mixed race peoples.
I’m going to end this, before I get any more angry. This post may seem disjointed and hard to understand, but I’ll chop that to the mood in I’m writing this in.
Victoria Foyt needs a reality check…bad.