The world is still racist

Sure, we claim to have the first Black American president. So what? So what if people in America have voted and gave the majority of the votes to Obama? Does that mean that they have overcome their issue on race? No. In fact, the very statement irks me when they say “We’ve got our first Black President”. If a country is truly race blind, then there is no need to emphasise on the word Black. In fact, we would treat him as a normal person who won the election.

When we say racial politics, what comes to our mind? The first thing would probably be people attacking Obama and labelling him as black. This is because we have always thought that racial politics was used against a candidate, but have you wondered if it can be used for a candidate? What’s up with all the hype about being the first black president? Or being a black candidate? The very statement on black means two camps will emerge, one against, one for. Kind of like the blind man singing a sad song on the underpass. You pity him and give him 2 dollars.

I think this whole issue is very interesting. In Singapore’s sense, we say we are a society that practices racial harmony. We have four major groups and we practice racial tolerance. But why do we use the word tolerate? Perhaps we as a society should really move towards racial acceptance. One very simple example would suffice:

If Singapore truly has racial acceptance (as opposed to racial harmony), then why do we have the need on a race quota for members in a GRC? Why do we have a need to represent the minorities in the GRC? Surely in a country where we are race blind and do not care about race, we should also trust our MPs to work for us, regardless of the race they belong too. I should trust and believe in my MP, no matter whether they are Chinese, Malay, Indian or Caucasian. Hence, in a way, we know that deep down we are still racists. There must be some people who have problems relating to a MP who is of a different race, that is why we still have to have such a quota for the GRC.

Perhaps when we all have evolved to become a race blind country, then we can finally abolish the need for such quotas in the GRC, and also abolish the GRC system in its entirety.

9 thoughts on “The world is still racist

  1. I think everyone deep down inside is a little racist. Perhaps some biological hard wiring, genetics?

    I think the day we stop talking about race is when the world is full of “brown” people – from decades of inter-racial mating.

    Until then, we can only strive to achieve racial harmony and equality for different races πŸ™‚

  2. Haha. Thanks for commenting. Ironically we all came from Africa and then slowly migrated out to where we are now. πŸ˜›

  3. Well its obvious why SG still has the GRC system. The PAP put in in place to hinder and obstruct the opposition. It was implemented after the late JBJ won a seat in Anson (the first for an opposition MP in Parliament after the Barisan Sosialis party prosecuted for political gain). Clearly its implementation was not about racial politics; it was put in effect 16 years after Singapore’s first racial riots and 11 years after the second riots. Why would the PAP wait that long after the riots to soothe racial relations?

  4. Hi Commenter, thanks for commenting. I understand what you mean, and I must say that I already thought about what you said before I even wrote this entry. However, I cannot write them because I cannot take responsibility for that kind of words, hence I went from another angle to still try to end with the same aim.

  5. Definitely… on a psychological and sociological level, humans will always tend to associate with people similar to themselves. And racial differences, which brings out even more differences in culture, mindsets blah blah, is always a distinct point of segregation.

    But on a deeper level, it takes more than race to irk me. And its usually behaviors and attitudes that is the defining aspect of how I perceive someone.

  6. I don’t see the need for you to censor yourself. Why not just say it out loud if you have a point of view? Afraid that someone from the ISD would come knocking on your door in the middle of the night? This is a blog, for goodness sake and not to diminish your status in any way, I seriously doubt anyone would care to prosecute or sue you for what your wrote. We’re just peasants, after all.

    P.S. See why I chose to remain anonymous?

  7. One thing I forgot to point out just now. Talking about racial attitudes in Singapore, especially since you claim not to want to offend the ruling party by not expressing your views forthrightly, itself is probably more risky and dangerous than expressing your true opinion.

    After, by claiming that others are still racist, you could have been accused of wanting to stoke racial sentiments.

  8. Hi,thanks for commenting again. Well I’m not censoring myself, but practicing responsible speech here, since there is no way I can prove those sentences that you have written, because intention cannot be proven. For example, I may intend to do something a certain way, but you’ll never know my true intention since I did not acknowledge your hunches.

    It’s not about being afraid of the ISD, that’s rather far fetch. Besides, so what if this is a blog? A blog has to practice responsible speech with matters as serious as this. I seriously believe that a deframation on a blog is as serious as on another medium.

    By the way, I did not claim to not want to offend the ruling party. What I said was I cannot take responsibility if I had written those sentences. That is different from offending. Talking about racial attitudes is not dangerous.

    I can only stroke racial sentiments by writing racist statements, or calling people to belittle a certain race or religion. I have done neither, but merely noted that deep down there’s still a racist bit in all of us. So where have I fanned racial sentiments?


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