I’m not here to chastise you guys. I am here to ask honest questions based on what Tyler Oakley and many of you throughout my lifetime have asked:
Why is a flyer representing people who are not white seen as politically correct?
Why do you think organizations are scheming to include people of color, and why do you think this is done to a greater degree than organizations scheming to use sex appeal, to appeal to young people, or to appeal to emotion?
Is there a possible way to arrange a group of people who are not all white on some cover without it looking insincere? Or is it that as soon as a person of color is brought into the picture, it looks staged?
Finally, when given a picture of a group of people who are not all white on some propaganda, when is it going to be sincere to you? How do we make it look sincere?
Because, guess what? The organization who wrote those birth control facts, they didn’t just write them for white people. They wrote them for everybody. I know what you’re thinking, “That’s obvious! So why would they go out of their way to include people of color?”
Well, first of all, why is it “normal” to put a white person on the cover of something, then “out of the way” to include any other kind of person? Why is it that as soon as you see someone who isn’t white on a cover, it rings alarms for you?
Second, do you understand why it seems obvious to you who the message is for? Because any time there’s propaganda, the message is always represented using people who look like you. White people dominate informational, commercial, and media spaces in general. You think it’s obvious that this message is for everyone because usually, whenever an organization puts a message out there, it’s geared toward you. You just assume that since it represents you, it represents everyone like you.
You are white, so you’ve had the benefit of seeing people who look like you on commercials and pamphlets your whole life. But guess what? The same is not true for people of color. We rarely see people who look like us, and up until just a few decades ago we never saw people in the media who looked like us. This means that whenever an organization puts only white people on their cover, they are appealing to only white people.
We do not identify with white people. We are not white. So how could a cover featuring only white people possibly be inviting to anyone who isn’t white?
Answer: it isn’t.
So organizations, catching wind to this, finally start putting non-white people on their covers. “Hey, non-white people! We want you to practice safe sex, too!” or “Hey, non-white people! We want you to know that this space won’t be overwhelmingly white and uncomfortable for you!”
I was apart of my city’s gay youth group for two years. For two years, I was the only non-white youth to attend. Do you know how
to LGBT people of color it is that whenever propoganda featuring gay people is used (JC Penney’s gay ads), whenever a group is called together, whenever a fucking pamphlet is put out, the people used to garner attention are overwhelmingly white?
Where’s the non-white gay couples in JC Penney’s ads? Where’s the pictures of non-white people getting married in Washington? All the while shows like Noah’s Arc, a show featuring gay people of color as protagonists, are tokenized, “That PC show featuring all those black dudes.”
Why the fuck is a show featuring an all black cast so unnatural to you? Why is that more unnatural to you than the myriad of shows that feature all white casts that have existed for years and are very fucking popular?
Do you know that there’s rampant racism in the gay community? White gay men who make it known that they “Don’t date Asians, or Black boys, because—I don’t know, white guys are just cuter.” Do you know that even gay people of color consider white guys to be cuter because of media representation?
I need a white person to explain to me what is going through their heads when they label any kind of representation of PoC as “PC diversity.” Because what you see as insincere I see as society finally,
fucking finally considering that I exist and am worth being represented.