Racism is a two-edged sword
One girl in her blog says 'Brotherly luv, not for brown folks', referring to Philadelphia being known as the 'city of brotherly love'. Some comments in her and several others' blogs were like the roommate's. Evidently, someone commits a mistake, their whole race/clan/whatever is to be deleted from the face of the earth! While there was much outrage and tons of email (not regular letters, which have some value) to the station managers and/or owners, because the RJ impersonated a white man and said to her 'he will strangle the eff out of her, the rat-eater'. I read somewhere, when a Jewish industrialist was accused of racism when he supported the extermination of the Palesteinians, he is supposed to have said that he can't be called racist because he lost his parents in the holocaust! The holocaust where not only Jews were rubbed off, but even German homosexuals, Polish, French, Russians, Britons, the stateless Gypsies, and the list goes on. Interestingly, the Russian soldiers who survived these concentration and prisoner camps were executed or exiled to Siberia by Stalin on charges on collaborating with the Nazis. La vita e bella, absolutely!
In (an) unrelated incident(s) halfway across the world, something worse than calling someone a rat-eater and making a threatening phone call, racism is being exhibited in our own perfect country in the world, the shining India. In the recent tsunami, many people were affected, mostly in my home state, Tamil Nadu. Tons and tons of aid is literally pouring into the country. People affected were of two kinds - the dalits and the non-dalits (is calling them harijans politically correct?) Excerpts from London Telegraph newspaper.
Thousands of low caste Indian "untouchables" are being denied food, water and shelter by higher castes in camps for tsunami survivors.
Around 5,000 Dalits from the worst hit area south of Madras have been kept from aid agency water tanks and pushed to the back of long food queues.
Furthermore, they are accused of 'polluting the water source', being denied access to the water, biscuits and food sent by the UN.
At one camp outside Nagapattinam, the Dalits were accused of polluting drinking water supplied by the United Nations and were told at another that biscuits being handed out were not for them.
When the Dalits asked for food packages and clothes, they were pushed away and forced to sleep on a nearby road because upper caste women said they did not "feel safe" with them around.
"There are no toilets here and the upper castes even prevent us from using the area which serves others as an open toilet," said V Vanith, a Dalit teenager.
The dalits say that only Muslims helped them by setting up free kitchens and providing shelter. Huh? Aren't these the same Muslims who owe allegiance to Pakistan, as the rabid Sangh Parivar says?
Well, well, well, is this how the aid I, my family and relatives sent being spent? Maybe this is why the Government refuses foreign aid whenever some disaster happens - these things should not come into light! The sorrow I felt for these people has disappeared now, just as the feeling the New York dude had for the 'African-Americans' changed to animosity towards the 'nigaas'.
It seems the NY dude's Jamaican and Guyanese clients (People of Indian Origin) complained to him that the dual-citizenship offered to successful NRIs are not being extended to them. It is offered to only those who emigrated from India after 1950, not those forcefully transplanted before that. They strongly feel love towards India, their motherland, as much as they love Jamaica or Guyana. I read somewhere that Israel offers unconditional citizenship to all Jews all over the world. What else can we expect? The state forgets its own people and territory affected by the Tsunami, and people want to remove a word from the national anthem because they 'feel' it is an anachronism. So much brouhaha over 'forced conversions' and laws had to enacted by the right wing party in power last term 'to stop these'. Do they include provisions against tribals forcefully 'returned to Hinduism'?