Institutionalised Racism

I had a heated argument with someone recently, on racism, which reminded me of a recent forum that I attended on institutionalised racism that was such a negative experience for me that I have lost all faith and respect for Hindraf.

Regardless, I just want to write down a few items to note here.

All these people, are complaining about being victimised and being at the receiving end of unfair treatment. In one case, they claim that their situation is the way it is because their race is too weak and make excellent soft targets. In the other case, they claim that their race is too strong, and is victimised because certain people are jealous at their success.

I find it extremely stupid that these people are be asking for fair treatment while framing everything in terms of the strength/weakness of their race.

If one claims that their race is too good, one cannot also ask for equal treatment in the same breath because the two does not reconcile except to an individual. If we think that our race is superior, then we must agree to the affirmative action policies and institutionalised racism because that helps to level the playing field. Otherwise, the superior race will end up wiping out the inferior one and genocide is generally considered a bad thing.

If one claims that their race is too weak, one cannot also ask for equal treatment because their own race would be wiped out otherwise. What they are not happy with is that the affirmative action policies are not for them but for the other group. Again, this is a stupid argument because they only oppose institutionalised racism because they are not beneficiaries but if protection was afforded to their weak race, they would need it to survive.

Seriously, I think both these arguments are equally stupid.

If you claim that your race is superior, then you’re supporting the justification for institutionalised racism. If you claim that your race is inferior, you’re also supporting the justification for institutionalised racism. The only way to do away with the justification for institutionalised racism is to do away with racist views ourselves.

PS: One person even attributed my personal success to my race. That would totally ignore the amount of hard work that I have put in and sacrifice that I have made throughout my life to get where I am today. I took it as a personal insult and told the other person off.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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