ColorQ.org talks about relations between different marginalized groups. Much of the US focus on race relations (whether in fiction or non-fiction) centers around Europeans Americans vs other ethnic groups. There is little attention paid to relations between people of color, both on screen and in print.
Most media stories of negative race relations tell of white prejudice against towards people of color. Oppressive behavior between non-white groups is under-reported. Although some European Americans do practice bigotry, people of color too are equally capable of bigoted behavior. Awareness and healing is necessary between non-white groups just as it is between whites and non-whites.
When it comes to portrayals of positive interracial relations like partnerships and intermarriages, white-colored liaisons are disproportionately represented, compared to partnerships between non-Europeans. For example, many books have been written about relations between European Americans and African or Native Americans, but there are few published stories of unions between Native Americans and African Americans, despite the fact that people of African-Native American heritage are common in American life.
This media imbalance silently perpetuates the idea that white people are "universal" and non-whites are "specific." For example, in the vast majority of movies/TV shows, whites can marry anybody of any race but Asians only marry Asians or whites. The idea that Asians can marry blacks or Latinos or Native Americans just isn't out there in the media. Of course there are a few films/shows which are examples to the contrary but the problem is they are too few. Is it then a surprise then, when real-life Asians talk about marrying non-Asians, they almost always mean marrying whites? Not Black. Not Mexican.
Like it or not, mass media influences our views of what is possible. If the media does not provide positive images of black-Latino partnerships, black kids who do not have Latino friends are less likely to see themselves making Latino friends. More often than not, the news reports black-vs-Latino gang wars instead of positive collaborations between activists and intellectuals from black and Latino communities.
Some whites like to point out the existence of one black general and say equality exists in the military. Unfortunately that's not true. Equality may exist if the proportion of blacks in power to whites in power is close to the proportion of blacks to whites in the general population. But equality does not exist just because there is one black in 100 success cases.
The same applies to movies. One black-Asian screen couple for every 100 white-Asian screen couples does not reflect the proportion of blacks and whites in actual life. Equality is still far away. This mainstream "conspiracy" of not encouraging people of color to see each other as allies/potential partners helps to preserve the status quo of white power and superiority.
In the Middle Ages, the Mongol court in China had liaisons within the various ethnic communities. Chinese, Jews, Arabs, Persians and Turks were encouraged to talk to the Mongols but NOT to each other. The Mongols were the "universal donor" to various subject races just as Europeans/Euro-Americans are seen as "universal allies" to other peoples of the world. This was how the Mongol ruling class consolidated its power. They kept the different subject races fighting each other over privileges so that the Chinese, Jews, Arabs, Persians and Turks would not unite and turn on the Mongols.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Europeans on the American continent seethed to see Negroes intermarrying with Native Americans. They worried that unity between oppressed peoples of color would overthrow the European oppression of slavery and racism. In a calculated campaign to deprive black slaves of potential native allies, whites encouraged Native Americans to own slaves and be slave hunters while using blacks to fight against Native Americans.
Sometimes, the Europeans' tactic of divide and conquer worked. However, various peoples of color on the American continent united against the European oppressors. Even so, the history of the cooperation and intermingling between peoples of color on the American continent is largely untaught in American classrooms. This history of friendship can teach people of color to see each other as allies instead of looking to the whites alone for "multicultural interactions".
We make no claim that the current racial situation in the US (and its influences worldwide) is deliberately engineered. Anyway, we believe all Americans will be happier without the current divisions between peoples of color and other marginalized groups. ColorQ.org is a small effort to start the ball rolling.
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