Fun fact: Mortal Kombat and Sabrina The Teenage Witch take place in the same universe. In 1997, to promote the upcoming sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa reprised his role as Shang Tsung from the first film in an episode of Sabrina The Teenage Witch entitled “Get Over… YOURSELF.” It is revealed that Shang Tsung is actually Sabrina’s uncle by marriage, and while in town on business, he pays the Spellmans a brief visit. Sabrina’s aunts are not thrilled when Shang Tsung fixes dinner–raw boar–or when he takes Salem’s soul after the cat insults him. To get it back, Sabrina agrees to help promote that year’s Mortal Kombat tournament; shenanigans ensue.
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Some Americans tend to see all 200,000,000 or so white Americans as being the same culture, and thus they’re more open to criticizing those white Americans who do things that they don’t agree with, while they’d never think of saying that about a different non-white culture.I guess another way of saying that is that some Americans only think about respecting other cultures if the people from those other cultures aren’t white.For example, suppose there’s a family with a teenage daughter. The family has a rule: the daughter cannot date until she is 16, and even then, she can only date boys approved by the parents first.I know some Americans who would criticize those parents for being out-of-touch and too controlling of their daughter’s life… if it’s a white family we’re talking about. If it’s, say, an Indian or Muslim family, those same Americans I know wouldn’t criticize the family, but say something like, “they’re from a different culture, and we should respect that.”Or, suppose a white family refused to let their daughter go out in public in an outfit that showed her shoulders. A lot of people would criticize that family, while at the same time respecting the family down the street that insists their daughter cover her hair when leaving the house. Why? Because the family down the street isn’t white, so therefore they’re from a different culture that must be respected.There are a lot of Americans who respect the cultural differences of their non-white neighbors, but not the cultural differences of white people who live on the other side of the country.I listen to a lot of progressive talk radio, and the radio hosts constantly mock and criticize rural and Southern white voters in ways that they’d never do for any non-white person. In fact, they’d be fired if they said some of those things about non-white people. They don’t recognize that those rural and Southern white voters are also from a completely different culture than they are, even if they (the hosts) are also white Americans.Before you say something about a white American, imagine you were saying the same thing to a non-white person. Do you sound like a bigot or xenophobe when you use those same words on a non-white person? Then maybe you shouldn’t use them on a white person, even if you are also white. That doesn’t mean you’re from the same culture.In my hometown in the South, many whites would say that they have more in common with their Southern-raised black neighbors or the newly-arrived Hispanic immigrants than they have in common with other white Americans from New England or the West Coast. Those Southern whites, blacks, and Hispanics are more likely to share the same values about family and Christianity than Northern and West Coast whites share.