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Facing Racism

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“Fleshism” the next form of bigotry and prejudice?

An excellent exhibit on “Fleshism” can be viewed right here at the World Against Racism Museum


If history is any predictor, every new group that shows up with a “new” difference experiences some form of persecution for that difference. Through education, the Terasem Movement Foundation is working to raise awareness about this issue before a new prejudice has a chance to take “root” in the culture.

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California Indians Encounter Racism

The disastrous experience of the California Indians with white racism found expression in 1902 in the testimony by Cecilio Blaektooth, the “Captain of the Indians” living in Warner Ranch in Southern California to an Indian Commission. His testimony is reproduced in Douglas Monroy, Thrown Among Strangers: The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990), p. 270:

“You see that graveyard over there? There are our fathers and grandfathers. You see that Eagle Nest Mountain and that Rabbit-Hole Mountain? When God made them he gave us this place. We have always been here. We would rather die here. Our fathers did. We cannot leave them. . . .If Harvey Downey says he owns this place, that is wrong. The Indians were [always] here.”

“If you [the Commission] do not buy this place [to make it a pro­tected reservation], we will go into the mountains like quail and die there, the old people and the women and children. Let the government be glad and proud. It can kill us. We do not fight. We do what it says. If we cannot live here, we want to go into those mountains and die.”

Mexican Immigrants Encounter Racism

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For Mexican immigrants coming to California in the early twentieth century, the encounter with Anglo culture was often harsh and hurtful. A Mexican corrido (folk song), titled “El Deportado,” expresses the initial shock of border crossing at a time (c. 1930) when immigrants were especially vulnerable to immediate deportation in hard economic times. From George J. Sanchez, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993), p. 14:

 It must have been about ten at night,

the train began to whistle,

I heard my mother say, “There comes that ungrateful train

that is going to take my son.”

“Goodbye my beloved mother, give me your blessings.

I am going to a foreign land, where there is no revolution.”

Run, run little train, let’s leave the station.

I don’t want to see my mother cry for her beloved son,

for the son of her heart.”

Finally the bell rang, the train whistled twice.

“Don’t cry my buddies, for you’ll make me cry as well.”

Right away we passed Jalisco, my, how fast the train rap. La Picdad, then Irapuato, Silado, then La Chona, and Aguas Calientes as well.

We arrived at Juarez at last, there I ran into trouble. “Where are you going, where do you come from? How much money do you have to enter this nation?”

“Gentlemen, I have money so that I can emigrate.” “Your money isn’t worth anything, we have to bathe you.”

Oh, my beloved countrymen, I am just telling you this, That I was tempted to go right back across.

At last I crossed the border, and left with a labor agent. And there, dear countrymen, was much that I endured.


For Mexican immigrants who raised families in Southern California, the clash between traditional-minded parents and “Americanized” children could be both comic and tragic. A father lamenting his daughter’s insistence on bobbing her hair—“flapper” style—during the 1920’s, from Douglas Monroy, Rebirth: Mexican Los Angeles: From the Great Migration to the Great Depression (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999), p. 177:

My Lupe says she will bob her beautiful hair, if I say,  “yes,”  or if I say, “no.” What makes her like that? She knows that her father will beat her if she does not mind us. Since we have been in the United States she has always been a good girl, until now when, she says that she will do  what she wants. She says that we are funny and that we want her to be funny and like the old people, too. Do you  think that the girls will laugh at her in the school if she has long hair? The nurse says  for us to let her cut her hair, that it will be good for  the hair. Lupe: says it is her hair, and she will cut it if she wants to. She is young and she will not listen to the  ones who know more than she does.

Facing Racism: Reminiscence of Chinese American Immigrant

Between the 1850s and the 1870s, tens of thousands of Chinese immigrated to the West Coast of the United States in search of opportunity. They worked in the gold mines and on the transcontinental railroad, but were subjected to violence and discrimination, ultimately leading to their segregation in “Chinatowns” and exclusion from further immigration under the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Read the rest of this entry »

Facing Racism: Reminiscence of Japanese American Immigrant

The Japanese began immigrating to Hawaii (incorporated as a U.S. territorial possession in 1900) and the West Coast in significant numbers starting in the 1890s. Chinzen Kinjo, who arrived in Hawaii soon after 1900, described how Japanese plantation workers reacted to the despotic rule of the “lunas” or overseers—reminiscent of the racist abuses of Old South slave plantations. From Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler, The Japanese American Family Album (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), p. 50: Read the rest of this entry »

Virtual “Body Swapping” Affects Gender Identity

The World Against Racism Foundation ( studies the destructive consequences when gender identity is treated as a biological given rather than what it really is: a developmental process shaped by interacting social and psychological factors. See our web site at Read the rest of this entry »

“Cuddle Hormone” Experiments Challenge Gender Stereotypes

In My Fair Lady, Professor Henry Higgins—after linguistically reprogramming Cockney-speaking flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass as “a great lady”—exasperatingly asks: “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man”? When he doesn’t get the answer he’s looking for and loses Eliza, he laments: “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

It’s too late for Prof. Higgins, but the rest of us can learn from a new study in the Journal of Neuroscience, April 7, 2010, 30(14):4999-5007, that his mistake may have been to try to bridge the gender gap from the wrong direction and with the wrong assumptions. A joint British-German research team has found that the naturally produced hormone, oxytocin—when  inhaled as  a nasal spray—makes  men more empathetic and sensitive to “social cues” from other people. A neurotransmitter in the brain, the so-called “cuddle hormone” has long been known for triggering labor pains and mother-baby bonding, and to facilitate breast feeding. It may also be involved in sexual arousal.  Recently, it’s been shown to increase facial recognition  among experimental subjects. The  first polypeptide hormone to be sequenced and synthesized biochemically by Vincent du Vigneaud in 1953, oxytocin may prove beneficial in the treatment of schizophrenia and autism.

Gender differences, once thought to be both “natural” and immutable, appear in quite a different light—the more we learn about the subtle and manipulable keys to “gender chemistry.” For more on this, see Martine Rothblatt’s bestselling book, The Apartheid of Sex, and the extended discussion on the web site at .