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Problem with racism

Posted by Joe on June 10, 2009

racismI have serious problems with racism.
Mainly because I really dont understand it.
Seriously. I have tried to understand hell lot of times.
Every time I thought
‘Now I know racism’,
something new pops up.

For example, let us consider that a girl is really beautiful.
If you go and tell her
“You are beautiful and you look like a lovely Rose”,
then definitely that can be called as racism.
Confused? I will explain why.
That girl might be from Himachal, and that girl might be having a milky white skin and perfect teeth and crisp nose and so on and on. Guess you guys got the flow.
So definitely she is an Aryan.
So I am calling her beautiful because she is Aryan.

This is definitely racism, as we all know Nazi’s are called racist, as they said aryans are the most beautiful, brilliant, strong and blah blah blah in the whole world.
If you think that is not racism, then how do you explain Harbhajan Singh calling Symonds a Monkey racist? (Maa ki *** was not considered racist and it was OK)
It is not a big secret that Symonds looks ugly. I dont understand how calling him ugly and saying that he is looking like a monkey is considered to be discriminating his Aboriginal race and calling his mom names, who I think is also Aboriginal is not considered discriminating the same Aboriginal race?

I seriously dont understand it.

By the way I have been called racist twice.
I dont understand why I was called racist both the times.

The first time was when my friend completed his maiden marathon and he updated his pic in Orkut. He was having a french beard like I am having right now, and he looked like an Afro American (This is not considered racist). So I told him that you are looking like a Nigger. He told me not to use the N word, as it is considered racist.
Now my problem is that, I learned this word from the same Afro Americans through their Rap songs. I dont understand how the same word, when told by some one from their community is not considered racist, and infact those songs are telecasted all over the world, and if some one who is not an Afro American says the same word, he is called as racist. By the way we should not call Afro Americans black. Because if you call them black, it is considered racist. But I feel Afro Americans is a more racist word than calling them blacks or Niggers. This is because you are telling them that you are from Africa and thats why you are looking like this.

Some how, moving forward, I did my MTech from IIT Guwahati. And it is a common term to call the people of north east as Chinki. But only recently I came to know that that is also derogatory, as one of my friend got upset because of calling a person from North East Chinki. My problem is that my best friend is from Assam and I regularly call him Chinki. He never had any issues with that. So only after one guy got hurt because of an innocuous Chinki comment, I came to know that I have been racist for the past three years. Now my problem is, if I call a person from Tamil nadu tamilian should be called racist. But no one is even thinking of terming that as racist, as we even have a famous saying in tamil ‘Tamilan endru sollada, talai nimirnthu nillada’, which literally translated, denotes something like ‘Call yourself Tamilian and stand with your head held high’. That is definitely racism. But nobody calls it so. But when you call a north east chinki, that is called as racism.

I seriously dont understand it.

I think racism comes out in most of the cases because the people are so sensitive and we dont have any idea when we will hurt their feelings. May be they were having some inferiority complex too. I think Racism is some thing to do with having prejudice about a person just because he is from some race.

But people dont think in that way.

Now we say the recent attacks on Indians in Australia racist. I dont think any of the attackers would have singled out the Great Khali, if he was caught alone.
Indians with soft muscles and smaller build were soft targets and thats why they were picked. I think the attackers, given a chance would have picked Australians, provided they were having soft muscles and smaller build.

I seriously dont understand it.

If any one did understood what racism means and how the recent events are considered racist, please do enlight me.

Waiting for your replies 🙂

PS: I already wrote a post about racism and even there, I was not able to understand racism.
PS: The photo is taken from here

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11 Responses to “Problem with racism”

  1. Common Man said

    “I think Racism is some thing to do with having prejudice about a person just because he is from some race. But people dont think in that way.”
    This is true … not only in india … but everywhere in the whole world. I dont know why but when people watching same event happning with others, they will say “it`s not right” … but when they themself do same thing then it is “OK”.

    I faced same thing in Bangalore “Bus conductor was talking to a lady very gentally (and ask her very politely to get down bcoz she was traveling by a wrong bus )… but in their language, when he came to me (I was also on wrong bus )…And as I asked him where this bus is going in hindi… he suddenly started shouting… for first few seconds I was not able to digest, what is happening then when every one in that bus was looking at me…(fortunatly every one else was locality). Out of all those, one lady was looking at me with sympathizing eyes. I was feeling that I am not in my own country.”

    • Joe said

      The incident which happened with you can be termed as regionalism and not as racism. Regionalism, because you are not from the same region and thats why you are discriminated. Discrimination is based upon linguistic terms and not on ethnic terms. Even if you are not from Karnataka, and if you talking with the conductor in Kannada, I dont think he would have yelled at you. Racism would have come into picture if he has yelled at you even after talking with him in Kannada, if he has found out that you are not from Karnataka.
      Now the problem with racism is that, the word racism is being over used. Because of that, people are considering each and every discrimination which is happening to them as racist.

      • Joe said

        More over most of the so called racist incidents might not be racist to begin with. They might be an regular bullying. But when some one gives a racist outlook to the whole incident, and thereby politicizing it, the further incidents becomes racist. This can be seen in the Australian attack on Indians.

  2. Srini said

    Chinki is definitely a derogatory term abt North East…but tamilan is not such a term.

    You call a telugu guy as ‘gulti’ or a saurashtra guy as ‘bav’ or an iyer as ‘sambar’ or a christian as ‘hallelujah koshti’, all these definitely comes under racism !!!!

    • Joe said

      so who will decide which one is derogatory and which is not? why is calling a telugi guy gulti derogatory and calling a person from tamilnadu tamilian not derogatory? where are the rules? I am still confused 😦

  3. RAMESH said

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    • RAMESH said

      More over most of the so called racist incidents might not be racist to begin with. They might be an regular bullying. But when some one gives a racist outlook to the whole incident, and thereby politicizing it, the further incidents becomes racist. This can be seen in the Australian attack on Indians

  4. on61 said

    In Japan racism is part of the cultural fabric, a constant message from the media, and readily accepted by the public: http://on61.wordpress.com

  5. Sagat you are what I like to call an ignorant peackerwood specimen honkys whom argue that blatant anti-black racism and slavery was long ago so it shouldn’t be held against them today (now that there are laws forcing them to be humane and not act like animals), despite the fact that if you look up any video on the black race or that even shows a black person engaging in bad behavior of some sort (on such sites as youtube) you’re bound to see a sea of caucasians making anti-black racist remarks. Bear in mind, most videos on youtube are of white people engaging in bad behaviors and it’s very rare to see any anti-white racist remarks. Basically, what I’m getting at is any of the few secretive places whites can still get away with direct anti-black racism, you’ll see them taking full advantage of that with anti-black racist remarks galore. In the end, this is why society doesn’t give a shit when whites bitch about strict treatment they receive for being perceived as racists, because if they could get away with it, they would (as so many of them have proven). hopefully selective breeding will kill off the caucasion race once and for all.

  6. joe you are what I like to call an ignorant peackerwood specimen honkys whom argue that blatant anti-black racism and slavery was long ago so it shouldn’t be held against them today (now that there are laws forcing them to be humane and not act like animals), despite the fact that if you look up any video on the black race or that even shows a black person engaging in bad behavior of some sort (on such sites as youtube) you’re bound to see a sea of caucasians making anti-black racist remarks. Bear in mind, most videos on youtube are of white people engaging in bad behaviors and it’s very rare to see any anti-white racist remarks. Basically, what I’m getting at is any of the few secretive places whites can still get away with direct anti-black racism, you’ll see them taking full advantage of that with anti-black racist remarks galore. In the end, this is why society doesn’t give a shit when whites bitch about strict treatment they receive for being perceived as racists, because if they could get away with it, they would (as so many of them have proven). hopefully selective breeding will kill off the caucasion race once and for all.

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