Marsha

Reframing the conversation

You may have heard of Alexandra Wallace, the UCLA student who recently posted on YouTube a rant called “Asians in the Library” about how Asians were “taking over” her school. (If you haven’t, just Google her name.) The video went viral within hours and created a shitstorm that she never expected. She quickly removed the video and offered a fauxpology, but the cat was out of the bag. Lots of people responded with thoughtful rebuttals to her arguments. And, unfortunately, lots of people responded with their own racist or sexist (or both) rants against her.

A slam poet named Beau Sia created this video, which is one of the best responses I’ve seen. He doesn’t insult Wallace by commenting on her sex or ethnicity; rather, he presents his comments in her “voice,” and ends up with a very sharp critique of racism and white privilege:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F84NWh8Uzok[/youtube]

(Via the awesome folks at Sociological Images.)

One Response to “Reframing the conversation”

  1. Shannahon 29 Mar 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Very, very good.