Sociology Essay: Race and Ethnicity

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Denson Tan


Sociology Essay: Race & Ethnicity

Racism- the act of discriminating others based on race; has existed throughout human history and will continue to exist as long as people subjectively see races as real categories of people. Thus I would like to talk about the issue of racism in Singapore.

Singapore is renowned for its multi-racial society. People around the world are amazed at how our different races have been able to coexist and live together in harmony. But there is more than meets the eye. Though there aren’t outwardly expressions of displeasure amongst the different races, Singaporeans do practice racial biasness, more often than not without themselves even realising it. For this topic, I would like to talk about the news of an assistant director that was fired for her racist comments.

According to the article, NTUC assistant director, Amy Cheong, was sacked after she posted offensive comments online. She put up a public status on her personal Facebook timeline, complaining about a Malay wedding that was being held at a void deck near her home. In her status, she related Malay weddings to high divorce rates, and asked how society could “allow people to get married for 50 bucks”, peppering with vulgarities. She also allegedly wrote, “Void deck weddings should be banned. If you can’t afford a proper wedding then you shouldn’t be getting married.” Cheong’s Facebook account has since been deactivated, and she has apologised publicly. However, her post has sparked a furious backlash from the citizens.

The reason for Amy Cheong posting the racist comments on her Facebook is due to her prejudice toward the Malays. According to the Symbolic Interactionist Perspective, Prejudice is a product of labelling and perception. These labels create selective perception of others, and overpower with emotion while blocking out rational thoughts. Consequently, self-fulfilling...
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