Friday, May 17, 2013

You're Racist even when you think you aren't!

Some people think that being Racist is to kill people of other Races or to insult them without compunction. That's some anachronistic way of looking at Racism. Witty people disguise ways in which they brandish the wand of their Racist desires.

Only the stupid can be overtly Racist! Being Racist in our contemporary application is to act in a way that gives you good reasons not to be suspected. You can be Racist but still  praised for the same action that you know you performed out of Racist desires.

Multiculturalism is the chief culprit when it comes to fostering Racism. It helps the powerful, mainstream societies to stay away from other Races. This helps them nurture their feelings and thoughts about other Races. The more Races mix the more they come to know about one another and the more hateful fables are gotten rid of. The segregating nature of multiculturalism helps people who harbor hateful feelings to actually augment them with fantastic and fabulous stories.

This compartmentalizing nature of multiculturalism makes sure that the only information mainstream and power-holding communities have comes from the media. And as we know the media has to put a spin on stories to make them interesting. What's concoctted is what these communities become. No need to be careful!

Hiring Managers and CEOs can hide behind 'we need qualified individuals!' Well, I have friends of mine who hold advanced degrees with strong experiences but they were mysteriously denied jobs. The media ignores any good things happening in some communities and only talk about these communities when it comes to death or something that reflects the community as indecently and uncanadian.

Western News Matra: Good news is no news (unless it's our own)...bad news is always needed news.

A TV reporter ignores a plea from some ethnic communities but end up later showing a story of a lost 'rooster' or a 'cat.' 'Awe, it's so cute!" You just got to love this society.

However, some people might say that this isn't Racism. You'll tell me what it is.

These people have internalized the importance of who they are. They see what they do as more important than what others do. "After all, they came to 'our' country!"

Race helps in selecting what is deemed worthy as consumable news for Canadians. An African community doing a fund-raising event for development issues in their home country is less important than a lost 'rooster.' If Race is not actively and directly relevant to the decision-making, then it's the internalizing of self-imporance that helps.

Even when we think we aren't Racists, we sure are being so.

However, let's remember that being Racist is an attempt to mask a void in one's self. Racism is a result of being inadequate; being fearful of the person one discriminates against. People who are comfortable with who they are don't become Racists. They are so content with who they are that what others mean to them is only a learning opportunity not an occasion to be scared of  the whatsis of others.

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ON CULTURAL IDENTITY & BELONGING

Dear Melbournians, the South Sudanese people to be precise. Do you think we have seen it all? Do you think we have seen that: I mean in the aftermath of yesteryears, in regard to our culture and the notions around identity and belonging? Do you think we have seen the true reaping of what we sowed years ago? Do you really think so? After all, did we really sow anything like seeds and that there’s something to be reaped? Did we really live it out well to be seen today?

I am sorry to have bothered you, my potential readers, with questions regarding our social, economic, and political location in our host society: Australia. I think we have not seen it all and as a whole: The idea that people are bound by certain values and beliefs of significance to them. This requires cooperation and role-specific obligations on the roles of every man and woman across a given people and their society.

TOLERANCE & INCLUSION


While it is possible for us to racially discriminate or judge people we know, the chances of judging people we know diminish significantly the more we know them. An easy example of the importance of understanding others is the attitude people develop when they want to harm others or when they want to deny them something valuable. Essentially, before you fight someone, you insult them. Insults are attempts at diminishing the value of people, an attempt at estranging them, as Toni Morrison argued in The Origin of Others. It is easy to discriminate against strangers or make others strangers or dehumanized in order to discriminate against them.

Transformational Leadership, Inclusive Institutions and Service Provision

Leadership, given what is happening now in South Sudan, and generally in Africa, fascinates me. And it fascinates me not in a good way but because of the sociopolitical and socioeconomic ills facing the African continent and most of the so-called 'Third World.' To me, South Sudan, now, is a classic case.

Rebellion by disaffected politico-military leaders and repression by the government of South Sudan in Juba have stunted institutional development and leadership growth. This has made service provision almost irrelevant as political survival has taken primacy and supremacy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

‘Black’ as an Identity Oversimplification and Mockery

Black as a universalized cultural identity of the African Person (AP)* is a residual effect of slave and colonial mentality; a racial/race paradigm. It is a malady I call, conservatively speaking, stuck-in-the-past syndrome of color constraints. Black could be an on-the-street ‘social identifier’ of race figures not a meaningful phenomenon of deep cultural identification on a universal scale.