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Racism in Mali and the Upcoming Elections

Racism in Mali and the Upcoming Elections | Conflicts and Prejudice |
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
Gabriel Chia's insight:

I feel that what MNLA has done is truly unforgivable, calling the blacks 'infiltrators' and chasing them out of their homes.What they have done truly increased the racial tensions in Mali. I feel that Mali needs to learn how to accept people from different races even when they are different, such that Mali will one day become a multi-racial country where people will lend a hand to those in need even if they were from a different race. Doing so will not only bring an agreement to the different races but also to bring peace in Mali.

Ann Tan's curator insight, July 16, 2014 10:57 AM

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.

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

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

This really saddens me that even in schools, students are using racist comments to hurt others. Khadeja might be different from the others, but she is not to be accused for being dangerous just because people from her race was known for terrorism. Even the shortest dialogues, words can hurt many. If Khadeja feels uncomfortable in her school, can school be deemed as one's second home even when it is where hurtful words can start spilling out on you? This is happening to many others, keep in mind that schooling is an important foundation to children, if this kind of racist thinking can be erased, it has to start from the beginning.

Ann Tan's curator insight, July 16, 2014 10:32 AM

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. 

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.

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Italy abandoning refugees to poverty and isolation, says report

Italy abandoning refugees to poverty and isolation, says report | Conflicts and Prejudice |
Council of Europe says African migrants granted asylum in Italy are being relegated to the margins of society and face racism...

Via ASGI, Ang Marcus
Gabriel Chia's insight:

The article really shows what extent racial prejudice can result in. It is really sad to hear that racism can go to an extent where little to no basic education, housing and jobs are given to these Africans. These African refugees risked their lives to acquire a better life in Italy but are instead not treated well by the government. They deserve basic human rights and should not be neglected no matter how different they are. I really hope for the best that the government would do their best for these refugees as the government plays a really big role to promote anti-racism.

Teh Shi Yun's curator insight, July 14, 2014 11:26 AM

The Italian government did not have a proper planning for the African refugees, this shows how the government has shown very little interest in helping the African refugees. The African refugees were wrong thinking that they would lead a better and more comfortable life in Italy. Due to the neglection of the society which is an act of racism, they were unable to even have basic necessities which might be as bad or even worse than where they came from. The government should treat everyone fairly in the country since the country has already accepted the African refugees as part of them.

Ray Kang's curator insight, July 16, 2014 6:59 AM

As stated in the article, the African people have risked their lives searching for the refuges, I think it is basic human right to have a proper place to live in and receive education so that they can be self-reliant. The Italian government should take the responsibility to take care of its own people.

Navas Ibraahim's curator insight, July 16, 2014 11:41 AM

I strongly feel that it is an act of racism for Italy to not helping the people in Africa. In my perspective, I strongly believe that everyone should be treated equally as well as lend a helping hand to others regardless of race and religion. The government of Italy should teach its citizens to treat anyone regardless of which race or religion.