June 10, 2009

Aren’t Indians the most racist of people on this planet?

A Bollywood actress caught saying

so-and-so is amazing as a director. He can make even a black African look pretty”.

A Bollywood actor saying:

(I knew) it was time to leave Shanghai and Hong Kong after six weeks of stunt training and go home when his eyes started “turning into little slits like the Chinese”.

Source: http://www.asiansinmedia.org/news/article.php/television/1404

As the BBC critic of Indian origin remarks, these are not unsurprising remarks. As most Indians know, we make these remarks all the time and either don’t realize these are offensive, or just don’t care. Why, we have names for such obscenities. We call our north-eastern country-men(and women), or just any person with mongoloid features “chinky”. We call any white-skinned person “firangi”. Any person of African origin is still called a “negro”, decades after this term has been replaced by “africans” or “african americans” in politer societies.

The fact is that we Indians have more ways to divide and discriminate humans than any society in the world, but few Indians would admit to this. We discriminate by race,skin color,caste, religion, regionality(”madrasis”) … if there are any other ways to divide people that I can’t remember now, we probably do that too.

However, nobody in India has the guts to address this problem. We let people openly advertise for “fair”, “brahmin” etc. brides and grooms in matrimonial listings in newspapers and online sites. There is still no government push for banning all temples from restricting who can enter by caste. There is no push to accommodate our north-eastern brothers and sisters into mainstream society. In fact, most of India would rather revel in “Gandhigiri” but blissfully ignore that Iron Sharmila , who has redefined Gandhian methods of struggle, even exists.

Source: http://blog.sandipb.net/2006/12/28/arent-indians-the-most-racist-of-people-on-this-planet


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  3. man i live in texas and am mexican/cuban and saying that i stand by the fact that anglos are still the most racist. every country has a caste system. its the instant cause of neo-liberalism. so is racism. rich want to stay rich and in doing that they must keep anyone else from gaining more. rich people are the problem, there are just a few thousand of them and billions of the rest of us. the country im born in has a 28% un employment rate amongst people younger than 30 and they dont even count anyone that has been unemployed for longer than 6 months cause staying at home legally becomes there occupation. i cant wait for usa and britian to fall. for south america to thrive. columbia has the largest pull of lithium ever found. large enough to make almost every car electric and lithium is recyclable. but no one that has money wants any people in columbia to get it. i could go on in my rambles but i guess thats why i have a blog.

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  4. Ignorance is BLISS ??? Indians are also called many names. The only thing I cannot understand is the acts of barbarism that is allowed to continue or the " popular people " that do not campaign against it. All it takes is one courageous person to act to start the ball rolling.

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