Hey folks, I have a favor to ask. I’d like to ask for your honest (and gentle) feedback. As you know, I care deeply about issues of race, injustice, sexism, etc. But like others, I have blind spots and may miss the mark on certain things but I was honestly surprised at the several emails I received and the stuff I read via FB when my post was cross-posted on Sojourners.
Couple days ago, I sat down and wrote a quality blog post for the first time in a long time. Truthfully, I felt good about my convergence of thoughts that came together for a post entitled, “Why I’m Not Quitting Christianity” – in response to Anne Rice’s announcement to leave Christianity (not Christ).
In my attempt to be witty, humorous and adorable, I wrote this sentence:
First of all, I am a fan of Anne Rice. In fact, I don’t know of many people that dislike her. She’s a phenomenal writer and additionally, she’s gotta have some Asian genes in her. She’s 68 and ages like no other.
Again, my humor… Clearly, not intended to be racist (or sexist) but since I do acknowledge that I have blind spots, here’s my question:
Was this racist or sexist?
I don’t think so…which is why I wrote it. Duh. But maybe I’m just stupid.
I’m open to learning…
What do you think?
Here’s some of the emails/comments I’ve received:
This is an honest question, and I hope either I can understand better … or if I’m pointing something real out, well I pray I’ve taken logs out of my own eyes. You wrote:
“…she’s gotta have some Asian genes in her. She’s 68 and ages like no other”
Is this different than suggesting Steve Nash (or whoever) must have some black genes in him, cause he’s amazing at basketball…
“She’s gotta have some Asian genes in her?” And this is one of her ‘attributes,’ according to the author . . . she doesn’t ‘age?’ Holy fifties, Batman. You lost me at the chauvinism and vaguely racist statements, dude. Not helping your case.
I expect better of Sojourners than the “she’s gotta have some Asian genes in her” remark.
And I have to include one encouraging comment. 🙂
Too bad so many fixated on the Asian comment and decided to engage in bashing. Eugene Cho is Asian, folks. It’s hardly a slur that he complimented Anne Rice on her youthful visage. He’s also a gifted thinker, writer, pastor and philanthropist. I know because I attended Quest Church when I lived in Seattle. He’s also got a sense of humor. Too bad you missed it.