Racist Asians Outraged at the MARTA yellow line
Have you ever met someone who lies all the time and doesn’t trust anyone. I am sure you have most people have. The reason people who compulsively lie don’t trust anyone is because they assume everyone lies just like they do.
MARTA recently color coded their lines to make it easier for travelers to navigate Atlanta’s fairly simple subway system. They decided to go with a fairly primary or elementary color scheme, red, yellow, green and blue. The line from The Atlanta Airport to Doraville is the yellow line. For people that aren’t from Atlanta, Doraville and Gwinnett have a large Asian community, but is not the only area that is predominately Asian in Atlanta, Clayton County has a large Asian community as well.
The naming of the new lines caused a lot of outrage from Asian-American activist in the Gwinnett / Doraville area. A group called the “Center for pan Asian Community Services” petitioned to have the name of the line changed. MARTA has agreed to change the name of the line to the “Gold” line to appease the community that is important for their business.
Now here is where this article is going to get really controversial so stop reading if you are sensitive.
I went and took a look at the “Center for Pan Asian Community Services” website and the organization is by definition racist. The description of themselves on their website is as follows:
The Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc., (CPACS) is a private non-profit organization. Its mission is to create and deliver culturally competent and comprehensive social and health services to counteract problems faced by immigrants, refugees, and racial-ethnic minorities.
So basically this organization provides help to people but only if they happen to look Asian. If they are black, Hispanic, Indian or white they can not receive help from this organization. That is the definition of racism. And this is not an isolated incident ( I am not just picking on them for the sake of it) any organization that only helps people of a certain ethnicity is a racist organization, that includes NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens. The point is that MARTA most likely did not mean to imply anything derogatory by naming the Doraville line the yellow line it just happened to be the color they decided to use.
Perhaps the people who are saying that the “yellow” line was a racist statement assumed that because they think everyone is racist just like they are. In my experience the people who are the most racist are the fastest to turn racism when it’s not there.
I want to end on a strong positive note, so here it is. If people truly want to end racism they have to stop making everything about race, it’s counter productive to create racism where there is none in the name of ending racism.
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Holli Smith is the creator of The Colligere. She is a freelance web designer who resides in McDonough Georgia. She is currently attending school at the Art Institute of Atlanta to finish her Bachelors degree in interactive media design. When she does have free time she likes to read and play Katamari Forever on the Playstation 3.