My answer to my own question is no. But I’ll explain why! This girl has an account on YouTube, and she uploads videos of her doing impressions and telling made up stories about people. In her videos she speaks in accents of different types of people: in the video I shared the link to, she says it is the “Official Jewish Aunt Welcome”, and she has other accents too, including a Dominican accent, and an Italian man from Brooklyn. Though she does get some good reviews, some people comment saying that her videos are racist, however she never claims that her voices are how EVERY Jewish woman speaks or how ALL Dominican girls talk. Personally, I think her videos are funny, and I think some people are sensitive. I also believe that a lot of the people commenting are confusing racism with her acting out stereotypes. Stereotypes are introduced to us at an early age, in large part through media. Whether we choose to believe them is our own choice. Just because one is aware of a stereotype does not mean that they believe in it. It is nearly impossible NOT to be aware of them, because they are all around us: on television, in movies, and other peoples’ points of view.
And so, I do not think this girl is racist at all. I think the people who are ‘outraged’ by her videos and and say she is racist do not fully understand what racism is. She is playing with stereotypes that we’re all aware of, and making a joke of it. Do you think she is racist?
Here’s the link: