An innocent good time or racist oppression? That is the discussion on the University of California-Davis campus after an event that featured fat-sumo-suit wrestling.
From the Campus Reform:
The student government at the University of California-Davis (UC Davis) quickly saved face after its constituents scorned the governing body for renting out a pair of sumo suits for an annual campus block party.
Students accused the Associated Students of the University of California-Davis (ASUCD) of fat shaming, and culturally appropriating the traditions of the Japanese people.
“[A]s a heavy-American, I don’t appreciate the blatant fat-shaming involved with caricaturing [sumo wrestling].”
“My overall impression is that this conversation is in itself an expression of white-supremacist anti-Asian structural racism,” student Scott Tsuchitani told The California Aggie. “Asian Americans are treated as mute, hapless victims, devoid of agency, a.k.a. the ‘model minority’ stereotype. That is what is…