Stereotypes are common when it comes to a person’s race. Most commonly, people would assume someone who’s white is a yankee, and someone who is Asian to be “fresh off the boat” and smart, or someone who is black to be ghetto and from the “hood”. But what happens when an Asian person is ghetto? Are they acting black? Or are they just being themselves? Are we supposed to behave in the matter that is assumed of us and what does this say about our culture?
I watch a lot of youtube videos and I am subscribed to a few Asian Americans who make videos for comedy. These Asian Americans just so happen to speak with slang and talk ghetto. The videos are usually followed by comments from some viewers that address the issue about these Asian Americans “acting black”. A good example of this is from watching most of the videos by ‘Timothydelaghetto2’. He’s racially Asian, he looks Asian, but most people would say that he doesn’t “act” Asian. Some may even go as far to say that he’s a wanna be Black person. Even if he does act black (whatever that means), what’s the problem with that? Why does the way a person act have to be affiliated with a specific race which then, creates a norm on how people should behave? Here’s an example of a video,
(Before watching the video, know that there may be inappropriate language involved and jokes that may not be funny to some viewers. This is all for comedic purposes but I’m showing this as an example for my perspectives on the effects of race.)
I think this is a perfect example of how race gets tied into prescriptive identity and causes stereotypes because of a person’s race. Are all Asians smart? Are all blacks ghetto? If a Black person was smart and good at math, would they be accused of acting Asian? Why does it only work one way and not another? Maybe these stereotypes are so informed into our society that people start to feel uncomfortable when others act out of their racial norm.