TOKYO (Accredited Times) – Japan has a long history of racism. In World War II, the Empire of Japan allied with Nazi Germany, even as the Nazis slaughtered six million Jews in the Holocaust. Japan itself not only participated in the horrific genocide, but it also engaged in its own gross human rights violations, including torturing thousands of prisoners of war and raping millions of Korean “comfort women.”
But that’s all changed, right? WRONG. Japan remains the same deeply racist and xenophobic country that it was over seventy years ago. Since 1955, Japan’s right-wing “Liberal Democratic Party” — which is neither “liberal,” nor “democratic,” nor a “party” — has almost continuously held power. Meanwhile, consistent with its right-wing ideology, Japan has shunned Muslims and other immigrants despite the proven benefits and cultural enrichment that arise from multiculturalism, diversity, and shariah law. Unlike the People’s Republic of China, Japan even eschews traditionally African-American sports, like basketball, instead opting for white sports, like baseball, soccer, and figure skating.
Unfortunately, one of Japan’s racist exports has swept through the world like a Godzilla-triggered conflagration: ANIME.
In the world of anime, whiteness rules. Entire programs lack African-American and Hispanic-American characters, and social justice themes are almost completely absent. The ideal anime character? Happy, dumb, and white. Take, for example, Kana Minami from the hit show Minami Ke:
Notice that Kana, a white woman, is wearing a shirt stating, “I AM BOSS”. While progressives can applaud this shirt for undermining traditional gender norms, the shirt raises troubling questions as to White Privilege. Why is a white person wearing an “I AM BOSS” shirt despite centuries of oppression of People of Color by whites? Moreover, if a white is indeed the boss, who are the servants? Or, more precisely, who are the slaves, and where are they? Notably, African-Americans are completely absent from Minami Ke.
Similarly, in the Vision of Escaflowne, Princess Millerna represents the perfect anime ideal of beauty and class. Notice anything about the character?
Again: happy, dumb, and white.
Meanwhile, guess who serves as Princess Millerna’s love interest in the show? Oh, that’s right, another white, Allen Schezar, who supposedly embodies chivalry in all its forms, yet is never seen attending a protest, a social justice event, or even a Gay Pride Parade despite his obvious gayish appearance:
In anime, you will never see a character modeled after important African-American role models, like Gabourey Sidibe (nominated for an Oscar for her role in Precious):
Similarly, not a single anime program bears any resemblance to The Cosby Show, a program showing that African-American families can be affluent AND socially conscious at the same time:
Anime revels in whiteness. Just look at this theme song from the hit show Fairy Tail:
The song essentially involves a blonde white girl running to syrupy white music with Japanese and English lyrics. Or look at this opening theme song from Minami Ke:
White girls flying through the sky? Seriously? Where are the African-American, Hispanic-American, or Muslim American characters? Why are none of the girls wearing burkas or hijabs?
Anime’s racism needs to end NOW.