Growing up as an ethnic minority is a weird experience, you’re firstly thrown into a society that see’s you as ‘less than’ or as an ‘other’. In that same society, they somehow expect you to cater to the thoughts, feelings and emotions of the majority, and work to really ignore all of the racism, sexism and every ‘ism’ that exists. You learn how to make yourself palatable and smaller, so that you don’t face any backlash. Heaven forbid you are seen as an angry ethnic, or one that doesn’t assimilate to the status quo.
In order to be given half of the respect and opportunities as the majority, we have to work twice as hard, and be ten times more friendly and non threatening. So here’s a helpful guide on how to be a ‘good minority’.
NEVER DISCUSS RACE
In order to be the model minority, you can never discuss race, racism or anything controversial. You have to pretend we live in a world where a racial harmony now exists, since racism was is a past issue that no longer effects anyone.
DON’T SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE
Sometimes when people don’t understand what you’re saying, they feel threatened by it. They feel like you’re speaking badly about them, and in turn might take this as an insult. So, to avoid this, always speak the language of the status quo, and forgo your mother tongue.
WEAR THE CLOTHING OF THE MAJORITY
Just like language, different clothing can make people remember that different races and ethnicities exist. It’s best to avoid this, and assimilate to the clothing of the majority ethnic group.
ANSWER ALL THEIR WEIRD QUESTIONS WITH A SMILE
When someone asks ‘why is your hair curly?’ ‘why is your skin brown?’, or other questions of this nature, just smile politely and answer it as if it’s not the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard in the world. The aim of the game is to make everyone feel comfortable, even when they look at you like you’re a zoo animal, or exotic.
IGNORE EVERY RACIST REMARK/LAUGH ALONG WITH THEIR JOKES
We must remember that we’re in a post racial society, we don’t see colour anymore, and because of this we can laugh at their racist jokes. Never challenge people on what they’re saying, otherwise you might come across as sensitive or even sassy, just nod along, laugh, and even join in. The more enthusiastic you come across, the more comfortable they feel. COMFORT OF THE MAJORITY IS EVERYTHING.
Essentially the job of the good minority is to make the majority feel comfortable, so they can enjoy this post racial utopia. If you dare hurt their feelings or heaven forbid make them feel like they’re racist, you will be outcasted as a difficult minority. So remember to be palatable, safe, polite and approachable!