“Shila, knock it off. Stop arguing with Geetha. You know you will never win.” That’s my classmate’s comment when she saw me debating the issue on truancy with Geetha. Everyone in our school knows Geetha as the Indian girl who can eloquently speak her mind, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be as good as her. Today, in my speech titled ‘Share The Resources Extensively N Gain The Harmony’, I will explain, why I should be on a par with Geetha.
A very good morning to the wise and honourable judges, teachers and members of the floor.
You must be still wondering why I relate the previous incident with the theme ‘Unity’ for my speech today. Now, listen to this one, my sister had always complained to me that it was impossible for her to beat her friend, Mei Mei in Mathematics. Her logic in it was, and I quote: “Well, you know, the Chinese are always good in Maths. The chance we have in beating them is 0%.” Unquote. The examples I previously mentioned are the common misconceptions we perceive to the different races. What we fail to see is the strong points possessed by these different races should be shared and nurtured to ultimately gain harmony to our country. The strength is to be shared, not envied.
If we keep on labelling certain races to be better, or worse, being worse than us, can we live in unity? We can’t live harmoniously in our multi racial country if we keep on seeing other people’s strength as a threat. The crux of this matter is that, this theory, that certain races are good or bad in certain things has been embedded in our minds since we were young. We fix the same assumptions to the respective races because we’ve been raised in a closed mindset by the previous generation, which have been also raised like so with the generation before that. Crippled by the xenophobia instilled in our ancestor’s bloods from generations ago, rooted by confused feelings during invasions on our country,... [continues]
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