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RACISM: DIVERSITY UNREVEALED

13/06/2017


Racism in the modern world, come on? This kind of terminologies happened to become mundane in our daily life. I don't know what was happened in our education nor exemplary implementation. But it shows us, the evolution of our life become very crucial.

These days, I read from the media all about "diversity"; but what is the contradiction in our real life for that? Racism is something we've all witnessed. Many people fail to understand that race isn’t a biological classification, but an artificial grouping of people with no scientifically variable facts; so in that sense, in Indonesia; there are no original of Javanese, Sundanese, Medanese, etc. In other words, the difference we make between races has nothing to do with genetic characteristics. The different border of ethnicities touches educational and economic opportunity, political representation, as well as income, health and social mobility of people of color.

It appears that is racism has been around so long we would have been able to overcome it as our species evolved, but contact with those of whom we are worried of often lead to disputes, which, in time, is what caused racism to convert from people just disliking each other, to the indestructible base of common racism and prejudice... is that diversity problem?

If I were told that all Chinese Indonesian were sneaky or all Maduranese are evil or all Ambonese are criminals, I could bet that I am going to feel this way about them. Simply I want to get common words of “Upbringing is the largest cause of racism”- Anonymous. Even if I concede myself to get to know some of them, this will always be in the back of my mind... showing my shallow mindset, right?

As I said above, how racism makes its way into my head is through the powerful social media. As I grow up, social media becomes a part of my life whether or not I want it to be, and is also a primary source of how racism keeps itself active. 

In bigger scale, how does racism influence the society? Apparently, some members of racial and ethnic abused groups (or we called them as the minority) remain to fight for equal access and opportunity, particularly during times of stringent economics. Often, the victim race has a harder time doing things such as finding a well-paying position or job. While there have been some sizeable increases in the labor force status of racial minorities, significant gaps remain. 

Often what makes people act racist is the fact that they have determined to hide their fear with racism. Personally, fear is what makes me uncomfortable, making me need to protect myself and defend, mostly causing uneasiness to the person or object of the fear. Instead of trying to fix and deal with the differences, the wall between the two maintains; union and agreement are never attained.

Thus, how do I want to put an end to this problem? The sad fact of the matter is that, during this age, I couldn’t. People were born differently, and it’s only human to retaliate negatively to things or people I am not used to.... be honest!

In general, as humankind grows, my way of thinking becomes more sophisticated, as does the world around me. The values I once had isn’t forgotten but substituted with new values as my old ways hide in the back of my minds. 

For others, this genuinely is the expectation for humanity in their fight to end racism. As Indonesian in the future, if we can overcome the silliness of racism to the point where no one senses it, we will be in fine condition. The most efficient way to begin this is to “Stop Talking About It.” - Bhineka Tunggal Ika!

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