I watched and read all of Attack on Titan. I’ve renewed my otaku cred for another year.
Asian-Americans should not be the safe comedy race, the race you can make racist jokes about and expect it to be okay. There’s this false impression that Asian-Americans are somehow immune to racism, maybe assuming that it doesn’t really happen to us. And yet recent studies have shown that Asian-American students are the racial group who are most frequently targeted by school bullies, almost 20% more frequently than White, African-American, or Hispanic students. Attitudes like the one behind Colbert’s joke contribute to the bullying culture that thinks racism against Asian-Americans is socially acceptable.