Many people, not just Ryan, justify stereotypes by falling into the trap that “they are based in some truth.” Therefore, why be offended by them? Ryan, a Japanese/Hawaiian American, was aware that this opinion would gain some backlash, especially from fellow Asian Americans, me included. He knows that people use stereotypes as a form of racism, but instead of getting angry, like he used to get, he finds it better to laugh at them because, “they are true, right?”
I know that this has been talked about a lot already, but I just found out how How I Met Your Mother ends. "Spoilers," Ted uses his dead wife as a plot device to talk about how he’s actually been in love with Aunt Robin all along. If that’s the case, why not marry Robin in the first place!? Why marry someone you pretended to love or was your “second choice”? It's extremely disrespectful and definitely not romantic. Because of the ending, the whole show doesn't make sense. In real life, it would be extremely disgusting if someone was actually in love with my best friend, and waited till I died of a fatal illness to confess to their children they actually loved my best friend all along. The show is asking the children, and the audience, to be happy that the mom is dead because she was just an obstacle for Ted the whole time.
Why is the U.S. is afraid of mixed people? Because it means the loss of white racial privilege. With racial mixing come mixed raced people who don’t fit in the binary and thus, debunk it. The U.S.’s miscegenation laws were used by Hitler. Hitler actually got a lot of his eugenic ideas from how the U.S. justified their treatment of non-whites. So, that brings us to Latin Americans. I guess we call it Latin America because the roots of Spanish, French and Portuguese are from Latin. They speak those Latin rooted languages because of white European colonial and imperialism, and their people are mainly of mixed race, because of the intermixing of indigenous and African slaves. We in the U.S. refer to central and south America as “Latin America” because of the languages. But it is also used to mean a “race,” not just a geographic area and nationality. We say Latin, rather than mixed because of the U.S.’s fear of racial mixing.
21 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.