Letters to the Editor,
With the current situation of the North East Indain, few things we need to add in mind, ‘Race’ is a significant social issue because people use racial differences as the basis for discrimination. When Europeans began colonizing Africa and the Americas, the white settlers adopted the idea that they were superior to the other races they encountered and it was their job to “civilize the savages.”
This false notion became known as “the white man’s burden,” and was used to justify the Europeans’ taking land and enslaving people. In this way, naturally-occurring racial differences became the basis for systems of exploitation and discrimination. That was just an example.
Racism is the systematic practice of denying people access to rights, representation, or resources based on racial differences. Institutionalized racism is a thorough system of discrimination that involves social institutions and affects virtually every aspect of society. That may last for generation.
It’s important to remember that racism is neither natural nor inevitable. Through history, people of different racial groupshave interacted and co-existed peacefully. But why not we Indian ? India is famous and well known with its rich culture. Don’t we feel proud of our culture whenever we say ‘its my culture’ and at what point we are standing now ? We gonna use easy words ‘I love my culture and my India’ blah blah blah.... Don’t we have the judgmental attitude for our own bothers and sisters ? Think about it...
Asking oneselves, do we have that problem here in India representing the Nation from the East ? Yes, very much.
I hope most of us could’t avoid saying “yes”. I would use the words of Martin Flanagan and give a challenges to the Goverment and all public leaders (especially leaders in NE region) with the quotes, “Multi-culturalism in this country is no longer a social aspiration of certain political groups - it’s a reality.”
WAKE UP NOW. STOP RACIAL DESCRIMINATION !
Khamlianlal Zou @ Khams Zotal
(Student social workers), Manipur firstname.lastname@example.org