Let’s submerge ourselves into some messy racially tone drama, shall we? Monday afternoon New York Times editor and opinion writer Bari Weiss tweeted about the Olympics, something the whole world has been doing.
Her now-deleted tweet was about U.S. Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu’s triple axel. She tweeted a video about the “historic” moment and said “Immigrants: They get the job done.”
There’s only one problem with this, Nagasu isn’t an immigrant.
Nagasu was born in Montebello, California and raised in Arcadia, California. Her parents are immigrants from Japan. But still, Nagasu isn’t an immigrant. Weiss assumed she was an immigrant because she is Asain. That is problematic because assuming everyone that is not white is an immigrant is racist.
Chrissy Teigen, the queen of Twitter, tweeted to Weiss and explained why her tweet was actually super problematic. She called Weiss’s tweet “perpetual foreigner syndrome” and told Weiss to calm down because people are trying to educate her.
It’s like when POC get asked where are they from because whoever asking is assuming they aren’t American based on their ethnicity. When they’re met with a response that is in America, they ask again “okay but where are you REALLY from?”
People called Weiss out and tried to educate her why this is problematic like Teigen. She was also met with trolls and haters who accused of her racism. But anyone who tried to point out WHY people were upset with her tweet Weiss got defensive and still thinks her tweet isn’t othering, or in Teigen’s words, not foreigner syndrome.
Even when people tried to point out that she can’t handle criticism she still refused to believe them.
Maybe if we watch Nagasu’s triple axel one more time this will all go away.
Nope didn’t work. As a rule of thumb, for now on, let’s not call American citizens immigrants based on their ethnicity.