The menace of Racism
(Saikat Chakrborty is an engineerig student and hails from Agartala, Tripura. He belongs to a region which has continuosly suffered the scourge of Racism)
Racism, as Wikipedia defines it, is actions, practices or beliefs, or socio-political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities.
It has been 4.5 billion years since a single cell developed into various different species including human beings, mammals, bacteria etc. Also, According to Darwin’s theory of evolution,”all life is related and has descended from a common ancestor; the birds and the bananas, the fishes and the flowers – all related”; basically meaning that everything on this planet Earth is related. We evolved from a single celled organism to multi-celled organisms. But as time drifted by, people forgot the “related” term and started differentiating each other on the basis of caste, creed, hair color, skin color, language etc.; anything and everything that they could find to get isolated from each other. People started considering themselves superior for their white skin colour and blacks began considered “sin, ill omen or slaves”. Who doesn’t know about the famous rivalry between the Whites and the Blacks in United States of America during the 17th century which lasted till mid 90’s or the afrophobia in Russia where black people are constantly attacked and killed by the white Russians. As per a survey, a number of people are killed and hundreds of them injured only because of racist attacks every year.
How would you term these activities, yes some questions are better left unsaid but till “when”? Drawing the attention closer home, yes to India as we all know that we are a secular country where people can practice any religion on their own. Humans have been practicing racism from the very beginning of the time and the whole stance got inherited to their successors. Just a few days back, we witnessed racial discrimination in New Delhi, capital of India where a guy was killed brutally only because of his ‘Hair color’. Its time, we start asking ourselves ‘is it worth it’?? That guy could have been anybody, you, me or anyperson. Who kills someone due to his hair color, strange, isn’t it! He was from the North-East India and the incident and many such others stink of racism. Who is to be blamed, someone else or us? We, the largest democracy in the world, the country which has tolerance at its foundation and inclusivity as its fibre; when did we become this nation that judges people based on their hair color or facial features for that matter?
We blame the system, the democracy for not fulfilling our needs instead of moping the corruption that we have inside the ‘piece of meat that beats and pumps blood’, our hearts. We need to initiate an anti-apartheid movement within our hearts so that we, the Indian society emerges greatest superpower because, ‘united we stand and divided we fall’. The key-term is ‘love thy fellow being!’ SPREAD LOVE , STAY EQUAL AND SAY NO TO RACISM !!
“Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned…Everything is war” – Bob Marley
“…racist thought and action says far more about the person they come from than the person they are directed at.”– Chris Crutcher, Whale Talk