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Racism in Mali and the Upcoming Elections

Racism in Mali and the Upcoming Elections | conflict and prejudice_Tan Ann |
We tend to underrate the importance of racism as a factor in the ongoing crisis in Mali. A short item from Radio France Internationale–English is a good reminder.

Via Afrikasources, The Divine Prince , Ang Marcus, Koh Chee Kiat
Ann Tan's insight:

Racism is one of the main cause to prejudice. I think that what MNLA is doing is wrong, they are bias towards the 'whites' which would raise the racial tension among the Africans. I think that fair and equally treatment among the Africans is very important. This is to bring harmony among them. I strongly think that the skin colour does not matter, and that they should learn to accept one another. I believe that without racism, it would resolve many conflicts and prejudices happening around the world.

Teh Shi Yun's curator insight, July 14, 2014 11:19 AM

I think that the members of the Tuareg National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad is going overboard by attacking the "black" people to chase them out of the district. The Bamako political class should not be discriminated in such a way just because of their skin colour. The members of the Tuareg National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad were being very selfish and thoughtless by doing such an act. They should put themselves in the shoes of the Bamako political class as all of them are humans regardless of their skin colour and everyone should be treated fairly. Acts of racial harmony should be promoted in the country by the government and not holding an election which would make the matter worse.

Navas Ibraahim's curator insight, July 16, 2014 11:02 AM

Racism is actually a belief that inherent differences among the various human races that determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. I strongly think that Mali should treat everyone in their country equally regardless of race or colour. Most human conflicts are caused mainly due the race factor which creates destruction and many social problems. In my perspective, I think that no one should judge anyone by looking at the colour of their skin tone or their race. It is who they really are that matters.


Ong Meng Kiat's curator insight, July 17, 2014 9:55 AM

This is a saddening story to see that discrimination is still so prevalent. Mali should learn to see everyone as the same kind, so that everyone can be happy and advance as a country at the same pace. It would do not good if we are fighting a "civil war" in our country as no one will stand to gain. Easing up tensions in Mali and having peace is the best remedy.

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Extremists attack 2 mosques, torch 100s of Muslims' houses in Myanmar - Press TV

Extremists attack 2 mosques, torch 100s of Muslims' houses in Myanmar - Press TV | conflict and prejudice_Tan Ann |
Press TV
Extremists attack 2 mosques, torch 100s of Muslims' houses in Myanmar
Press TV
The extremists frequently attack Rohingyas and have set fire to their homes in several villages in Rakhine.

Via Infidel Patriot, Sim Kee Yew, Ang Marcus, Madeeha Shahnaaz, Koh Chee Kiat, Le Hong Phuc
Ann Tan's insight:

After reading this article, I felt angry that the government did nothing to help the Muslims. The fact that the Muslims and Buddhist were treated differently led the conflict and prejudice due to the unfair treatment. At the same time, it was very heartbreaking to know that the Muslims' houses were being burnt down and were left homeless. They were neglected and tortured. Therefore, I think that the Muslims and Buddhists should be treated equally to prevent such prejudices they have among them.

Foo Yan Ling's curator insight, July 13, 2014 10:09 AM

From this article, it is seen that mobs of Buddhist extremists in Myanmar have attacked at least two mosques and set hundreds of Muslims’ houses on fire, killing one person and injuring at least 10 others. It is stated that “The violence that originally targeted Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar is beginning to spread to other parts of the country, where Muslims who have been granted citizenship are now being attacked, according to the website”


I am also startled by the fact that the Myanmar government has so far refused to extricate the stateless Rohingyas from their citizenship limbo, despite international pressure to give them a legal status. Myanmar’s government has been accused of failing to protect the Muslim minority. I feel disturbed and pitiful for the Rohingyas as they faced a lot of discrimination and unfairness and the Rohingya Muslims have faced torture, neglect, and repression in Myanmar for many years. I feel that the government should play a part by ending the vicious cycle of segregation and unfair policies. Something should be done to end their suffering.


"Muslim race is pitiful while Christians are very admirable and Hindus are a lovely people. I pity the Muslims. Conflicts are always with Islam. It's because of their extremist, superstitions and narrow-mindedness. It's because they lack capacity to adapt and integrate. It's because of their blinding stupidity. I really do feel pitiful towards them." - Wirathu


However, I am glad that Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has also come under fire for her stance on the violence. The Nobel Peace laureate has refused to censure the Myanmar military for its persecution of the Rohingyas.


Reading all 3 articles, I believe that there is no easy solution to the problem of prejudice, and while prejudice is less of a problem today than it was, say, 200 years ago it still can be seen in society. The best way to fight prejudice is through education about people's differences, open communication, and speaking up when you see clear prejudice in your life. By opening your mind to people's differences, and not allowing others to think that their prejudice is okay, you can help to lessen its effects and eventually end it forever. Discrimination is actually a natural human behavior. Anyone who appears different triggers a response in our brains. Skin color, height, build, blond hair, brown hair, people with red shirts, etc. But, just because we see differences first, it doesn't mean that we have to stay focused on those things. I feel that what matters most is people’s perception of one another, if we are willing to change our mindsets and learn to be optimistic and accepting of one another’s differences, prejudice and discrimination against others will of course lessen. However, if we are often having a pessimistic mindset to believe and do what we think is right ourselves, we’ll end up suffering in riots, wars, etc. Like what Nelson Mandela said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Dong Yutong's curator insight, July 16, 2014 4:53 AM
Innocent people die, got badly injurd. They did nothing wrong, just because the extremists cant accept their beliefs. These actions are so self-centre and undesired. Only if they can come to an understanding, then so much sacrificent cant be prevented. The govenment could had react faster, then many lives could had been saved.
Navas Ibraahim's curator insight, July 16, 2014 11:27 AM

It can be seen clearly that the Myanmar government not giving citizenship to Rohingya muslims is an act of racism. Also, the Buddhist extremists targeting them by attacking two mosques and hundreds of Rohingya Muslims’ houses is an act of racism. I strongly suggest that the government in Myanmar should treat its people regardless of race and religion and treat everyone equally.

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RACIST TORMENT IN CLASSROOM | conflict and prejudice_Tan Ann |
How racist bullying made 14-year old Khadeja Fahat's school life a 'daily torment'

Via Justin Gjerazi, Daryl Koh, Gabriel Chia
Ann Tan's insight:

After reading this article, I pitied this girl. She suffered so much just because she 'wore a headscarf'. From a happy girl who smiled everyday, to dreading to go to school because she will be bullied and tortured, isolating herself from others, and eventually affected her health too. Imagine having no friends at all, with no one to talk to, but get insulting remarks, how would one feel? Those hurtful words musy have impacted her alot, causing her too lose her appetite too.  Also, I'm surprised that the teachers do not know how to deal with this situation. It is important for the school to educate the students on the effects on racism to prevent future conflicts and prejudice. 

Teh Shi Yun's curator insight, July 14, 2014 9:21 AM

Having prejudice on someone that comes from a country where there were many terrorist is a cruel and unrightful act. Khadeja Fahat is one of many students that had to suffer from the acts of racism in her school. I felt very sorry towards her as she is just a innocent teenager and could not cope with such harsh comments and bullying moreover, she herself is not a terrorist and does not deserve such humiliation and torture from others. People should not stereotype anyone coming from the same country as a terrorists. The school should have taken action in this matter, not doing anything shows that it supports the unrightful act of racism.

Natasha Ho's curator insight, July 18, 2014 10:45 AM

Since young, many have faced racist Islamaphobic abuse and I think that this is a relatively serious issue. As we can see from this article that Khadeja have suffered mentally because of all the thoughtless remarks passed by her classmates. This issue is so serious that she fears going to school as she is worried of the comments that she might face whenever she steps into school. Also, from this article we can tell that young people can pick up racist behaviour from parents or friends. I feel that the root of this problem comes from people who are insensitive towards this subject. Is it because they have not been caught in this situation? Like what the article mentioned, I think that by educating the younger generation against racism, it can help prevent all these problems from happening.

Kasey Murray's curator insight, May 1, 2015 12:29 PM

Great example of how 9/11 affected the treatment of Muslims.