Good morning to Mr. Mariapan and my beloved audience. Today, I am bold to talk about an issue that has haunts us for so long. Countless legislation, organizations and campaigns are created to combat this issue….but…to no avail. The problem has been all over the globe and standing here today, I am on a mission to eradicate this issue once and for all! Ladies and gentlemen,
Let us hold hand in hand and “Say No To Racism”
The racism button is the easiest to push and yet, the hardest to counteract. Almost everyone will tend to be racist, the only exceptions are the little babies and children yet to learn about the dark side of the world, but, it is just a matter of time before they learn the behaviours of these people around them. By 1945, the world had enough of the consequences of slavery, segregation, colonialism, apartheid and the race ideologies of the Axis powers. Eventhough a fresh United Nations has declared racism as illegitimate, racism thrives after. If we are serious about combating racism, the time is now! .
Before I go on about the importance of anti-racism, lets take a trip down to memory lane of the World War II . Recognize this guy? He is Adolf Hitler.Hitler believed that in the world, only one race was fit to survive; the Nazis. The Nazis considered Jews, Gypsies, Poles along with other Slavic people like the Russians, Ukrainians, Czechs and anyone else who was not their race according to the contemporary Nazi race terminology to be subhuman The Nazis rationalized that the Germans, being a super human race, had a biological right to displace, eliminate and enslave inferiors. According to statistics from the United Nation, Some 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust Ladies and gentleman,
If you think our Multicultural country Malaysia is free from racism, think twice. The worse scenario on racism that etched our memories up till today is the May 13 incident in 1969 where Malaysians of different races fighting against each other, causing loss of lives and property. Just imagine yourself living in 1969 encountering that particular day, where people chases you with the intent to murder and innocent wives and children have to tremble with fear just because of the act of impulse by several racist citizens, it is indeed a black point in the history of the nation. Recent scenario in Malaysia such as the posting of NEGARAKUKU video with racist statement by Namewee, the emergence of Hindu Rights Action Force(HINDRAF) and the issue of School Principal of Johor making racist remarks on Indian and chinese students to go back to China and India clearly shows that racial discrimination does exist in our country. Ladies and gentlemen,
We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall be united against racism. We cannot turn back to the days where racism destroys us as individuals and ultimately destroy the world," UNESCO marks March 21 as the yearly International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in memory of the events that occurred on March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa, where police killed student demonstrators peacefully protesting against the apartheid regime. "The 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville events is a day to remember and to pay tribute to the many who fell, but also the many who continue the struggle against racism – helping to make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others So, coming back to the main point today what can we, as common citizens contribute to prevent and fight against the contemporary racial discrimination that takes many shapes. The Power of Your Pen
Writing surfaced early on as one of the anti-racist movement’s best weapons. People simply won’t rally for a cause they know nothing about. So, to contribute to anti-racism, get the word out about racism. Say, a business in your community treats patrons of colour shabbily or outright refuses to...