I saw this image and thought What-the-What!!!!
So this is T.V. in Japan?
Then I remembered why I had this feeling about the Japanese. Then I remembered Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone comments from 1986:
The level of Japanese society far surpasses that of the United States. There are many blacks, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans in the United States whose average level is extremely low.
And then from 1990 you have Justice Minister Seiroku Kajiyama who “compared prostitutes in Japan to black Americans who move into white neighborhoods and ”ruin the atmosphere.”
How could this offensive thinking, this derogatory image make it to Japan? Maybe they traveled from America and still have proponents here.
Or emails from police departments in Missouri which
“include one sent in October 2011 that showed a photo of bare-chested dancing women, apparently in Africa, with the caption “Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.” A June 2011 email described a man trying to put his dogs on welfare because the canines were “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no … clue who their Daddies are.”
The photos, the videos, the emails make it clear how some feel about African-Americans. And it is clear that these white-supremacists opinions have been projected through-out the world.
And it should come as no surprise that American conservatives who have this estimation of Blacks and Hispanics would find ways or have no problem with schemes that make it more difficult for these sub groups to participate in governing through voting.
And then there is the exportation of jobs right after America began to implement Affirmative Action. So, just as America really began to engage the issue of centuries of economic exclusion of blacks, America discovers globalization which makes advancement opportunities which existed before outsourcing obsolete. Of course this export increased the need for government support as the ability for able-bodied Americans to support themselves, all things remaining equal, became exponentially more difficult.
So can you blame the Japanese for their estimation of Blacks in America?
You have a trade policy which pulled rungs from the ladder of upward mobility combined with image exportation which reinforces age-old concepts of inferiority and superiority. The greatest irony is Black America’s assistance in building and sustaining a country which thinks so little of it, an assistance which takes the form of tremendous purchasing of Japanese products. Japan was subsidized for years by America even as American implemented internal policies which kept employment opportunities and housing opportunities (red-lining) and educational opportunities (separate but equal) away from blacks. America essentially re-built a nation, Japan, which attacked her even while she continued to abuse, brutalize, and exclude members who helped build and defend the country. In the final analysis, Japan’s view of the pecking order and racial characterizations are entirely logical, considering what has been exported. Especially when you remember the strategy of conservatives and the order they seek to maintain with their policies.
This is the part where the street performer passes the hat or cup.
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