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Racism | Issue | 2nd December 2021 | Virtual Wire

 

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Oxford defines racism as prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism by an individual, community, or institution against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized and racism can be seen from literature to real life, in everything.

In the first scene of Othello, the speech by Iago and Roderigo concludes Othello as ‘the thick lips, 'an old black ram', 'a lascivious Moor' and 'a Barbary horse', and he 'is making the beast with two backs’ with Desdemona. “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou is another example of racism from literature. Thomas King wrote about the contrasting stereotypes of indigenous people seen in culture and how they live in Canada in the poem “I am not the Indian you had in mind.” And many more examples can be seen in the literature.

We see a lot of racism in our day to day lives. Marriage in India becomes a big problem if the girl is dark in colour. Every mother thinks of bringing his son’s wife white in colour. If she is not fair, she is not supposed to get married and be in the family. A dark coloured woman was pregnant; the mother-in-law gave her some pills and medicines because she (mother-in-law) didn’t want a dark child in the family. And this is just the case, such thousands can be found on a daily basis.

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In West Bengal, in a school, a book said, “u for ugly” with the black man’s photo in it. More than a dozen African nationals were attacked in South Delhi in 2016. The attacks reportedly took place in Rajpur Khurd, Chhattarpur, and the victims were beaten with cricket bats and iron rods. A mob strips and beats a Janeth, a Tanzanian woman in Bengaluru, she said, “My experience was not bad,” she told Quartz, “50-50.” Her experience with fellow students was problematic, and she did face racism, especially from the general public. “They think Africans are into fraud and prostitution,”

Auwal Aliyu was beaten by a mob in the evening when he went to bring some food near his house. “They thrashed me with mops and whatever they had within their reach.”, he said. Punjab state police used a derogatory term for African. Hindustan Times reported that a governess from Meghalaya was asked to leave Delhi golf club because she was wearing a traditional Khasi dress. In our own nation when US president, Donald Trump came to India, a half kilometre wall was built to hide the slum in Gujarat.


In 2020, a video went viral all over social media, George Perry Floyd Jr. was an African-American man who was murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest after a store clerk suspected Floyd. Kavitha Emmanuel, the woman behind the ‘Dark is Beautiful’ Campaign told The Week that “changing names is not going to be enough to undo the damage, done in the past 45 years”.A Kenyan woman was dragged out of her car and beaten very badly in Greater Noida. A woman from Uganda was killed in Bengaluru. Congolese nationals were beaten up to death in Delhi after an argument in hiring an auto-rickshaw. Another Congolese national was tied and beaten up in Bengaluru.

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A Nigerian was found stabbed to death in Northern coastal Goa. Sangeeta Teel, an Indian American woman who married an African American’s daughter is bullied in school in India, her classmates call her “Kali kauvi” (Black crow) We as Indians, what are we doing to our people? Do we even consider North Eastern people part of India? Calling Northeastern girls ‘Chinki, Nepali, it’s too common and we enjoy that. A man was arrested for calling a Manipuri woman “Corona” and spitting on her face. We have unending cases in front of us.

Where are we heading as humans? In a nation where police are going wrong, where will a victim go? Constitution has all the measures but then where are we going wrong? Racism is not in our blood. We should not encourage racism or anything which is poison for humanity. The hashtags on Instagram, Twitter are useless until we have benevolence, affection, love, friendship, respect for every culture, race, caste, gender, religion.


“There is no such thing as race. None. There is just human race- scientifically, anthropologically.”-Toni Morrison.

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