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Tuesday, January 04, 2005 CE

Racism against the tsunami victims?

I am using the logo of the Youth against Racism from Germany so I am including a link to them.

This is a comment I wrote in Bouillabaisse, Dianne Maire's blog, I encourage you to read it and to post a comment there because was I saw was really astonishing. The title of the original article is "Racism is a crime and should be punishable by law"

This is my comment:

I always take some time to read Dianne Maire's blog. I am surprised to see such virulent replies that started just from a plea for the tsunami victims. Racism is the result of lack of education. Education is the only tool we have to cover up our selfish nature. It then becomes a paradox for the racist because the ones who claim to be superior are actually the less educated, the ones who are unable to control their instincts, the ones who are more animal-like. So what can be done about it? Wait until humanity mixes all up so that no one can argue that he or she is superior based on skin color? That will probably take too long. What we need to do is convince our governments to inject billions of dollars in education, in showing real values to people so that they can accept differences and cover up our intrinsic selfishness that lead us into egoism and ethnocentrism. If we do not do that now, what is awaiting for us is a mega-fascist state that will be the source of wealth for a few and that will convert those "superior people" into automaton workers for their masters, with no freedom but to do their own job.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to thank you for your comment to the blog and for raising the issue here. I know racism personally but it's been years since I've had to face it as I am now. So much hatred it's hard to comprehend. Since you commented someone who must be a neo-nazi has visited and left a horrendous poem that I want to delete NOW. But, I must wait for my husband to get home to see it. I never imagined what is in the mind of some people.
I support free speech online but after seeing this I no longer know.


11:48 AM  
Blogger Doctor Marco said...

Hi Dianne. I read that last thing, please do not call it poem, poets might not forgive you. Probably you should consider leaving it there and educate people on what hatred is.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

succinct and very well put, enjoyed reading your post msdedi

4:58 PM  
Blogger Gindy said...

Another very interesting post. It is touching a nerve with me because of a few events I posted on today.

One is French children having great fun at a Nazi extermination camp. Another is that the citizens of the U.K. see Israel as one of the least democratic countries in the world (and least deserving of any respect, even over North Korea). Both of these attitudes are due to what they are taught at home and at school.

As to your last few sentences, where do you want that money to go to for education and who will decide what they are taught in terms of right and wrong? I am not sure I am asking the right questions. They were just the first to come to mind. Check out those two posts if you get a chance. I truly found them disturbing. I guess my point is that France puts plenty of money into education and it seems that it is ignorance coming out of their schools (children saying Hitler should have finished the job). Being Jewish, this subject is of particular interest to me. I enjoyed your post on the subject. Great post as usual.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Doctor Marco said...

Thanks for the comments. Nothing is perfect. It is true that French people is well educated, however, there must be some intolerance still towards Jews and other groups, I do not know the numbers. It is something to do research on. With respect to the British and their opinion, I have not seen the numbers but Israel has something to worry about if the country is not considered democratic. They must go deeper into why people who is generally well informed think like that and try to humbly correct mistakes. I remember, when I was a kid I was told from the bible and religion studies that Israel was the chosen people. So nothing bad could come from Israel. On top of that, when I learned about the holocaust the general feeling was of being sorry and again, nothing bad could come from Israel. However, things change. As the news come of abusive retaliatory power and of walls being built I realized that Jews are normal human beings, subject to the same mistakes as all other countries. Things have to be done and everything can always be improved.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Gindy said...

Thanks Doctor Marco. I apprectiate your position on the subject. I think the main reason that they have that opinion is because of the slanted view of the press and what they are taught from the elite (schools). But, what I was leading to is that money alone is not the problem. What if Cuba (I know this an extreme example)threw more money at their educational process. Would they get a better more tolerant education? I don't think so because Castro is the gate keeper of right and wrong. I believe France to some degree (a much, much lesser degree)has the same problem. Jews and Muslims are not allowed to wear Kippas and other religious symbols (skull caps)at school. The government has decided right and wrong, with religion being the casualty. I understand their concern by the way. I just don't understand their method to combat the problem. Thanks for your reply. Always interested in your comment as usual.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Gindy said...

I read you comment. Thanks. I have some sympathy for the inequality amongst the people. I am just not sure that is the way to solve the problem. I responded with a mediocre response. But, if you ger a chance take a look at this post (with articles). I think if you look at what is going on in the region, it looks like a troubling string of facts.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Gindy said...

I came back for those posts because I was curious about some info and I realized they are not attached. I appologize. Here they are. Thanks.


6:21 PM  
Blogger Gindy said...

I want you to know that I am not claiming to be right or wrong on this issue. I just have been following it with some concern. I also have family there and I don't think they are comfortable with what is goint on. The articles were just to show the canary in the coal mine thing (that is used alot with that issue). Agian, I appreciate your opinion on the issue.

1:22 AM  

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