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On International Day, UN warns about link between racism and conflict - UN News Centre

On International Day, UN warns about link between racism and conflict - UN News Centre | Conflict and Prejudice_Foo Yan Ling | Scoop.it
UN News CentreOn International Day, UN warns about link between racism and conflictUN News CentreUN/J.

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“Racism and racial discrimination have been used as weapons to engender fear and hatred. In extreme cases, ruthless leaders instigate prejudice to incite genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message marking this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which focuses on the theme of racism and conflict.

 

Through this article I have read, I feel that racism is so insidious and pervasive. I learned how racism and racial discrimination can cause tensions among different groups of people and how it can deeply affect us whether politically, economically or socially. Racism undermines peace, security, justice and social progress. People are often enraged and aggravated by these acts of discrimination which results in instability within the country through riots, protests or wars. This thus causes a lack of peace and security in the country. “Racism is a violation of human rights that tears at individuals and rips apart the social fabric.” I agree with this statement as racism do bring about hatred which weakens the roots of a nation as a whole, furthermore, racism transforms people from simply disliking each other, to the permanent and indestructible foundation of common racism and prejudice. As stated, 55 per cent of violent conflicts between 2007 and 2009 had violations of minority rights or ethnic tensions at their core.

 

I feel that it is important to accept and appreciate others for who they are and simply not discriminate them by their skin color or their race. “Where societies have been shattered by conflict, the United Nations strives to promote peace processes and peace building that foster inclusion, dialogue, reconciliation and human rights,” It is seen that actions are taken to resolve these problems however what I feel is truly important is to have tolerance, a change of attitude, mutual understanding and respect for diversity.

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Citrine Tan's curator insight, July 13, 2014 7:15 AM

This article mainly focus on how racism and racial discrimination create conflicts and violence in the world. I feel that peaceful protestors should not be gunned down by the police just because they demonstrated against apartheid. It is being unfair and this will only stir up more hatred between one another as they are being shot down innocently since they are just voicing out their opinions and views as they have human rights. By moving to the world of social networking, the government can expect more of such conflicts of racisms as socialising is very common and people will just voice out their views which might eventually lead to more conflicts.

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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_Foo Yan Ling | Scoop.it
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Extremists attack 2 mosques, torch 100s of Muslims' houses in Myanmar
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The extremists frequently attack Rohingyas and have set fire to their homes in several villages in Rakhine.

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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 burmamuslims.org.”

 

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.”

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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.
Ann Tan's curator insight, July 16, 2014 10:07 AM

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.

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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CONNECTION TO TODAY #3 Current Connections Assignment

CONNECTION TO TODAY #3 Current Connections Assignment | Conflict and Prejudice_Foo Yan Ling | Scoop.it
Current Event Article ANTI-DISCRIMINATION RALLY PLANNED AFTER EXCLUSION OF JEWISH GOLFER FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR FROM PGA GOLF TOURNAMENT - February 7, 2011 An anti-discrimination rally is planned Wednesday, February 9, 2011, from 9:00 to noon in front of Angeles

Via Alice Nelson
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In this article, it mentions how Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland Cali, held a golf tournament. Wade Morris wanted to participate, however, he was not able to because they claim he was a Jewish golfer. He then filled for a lawsuit (Complaint of Discrimination). An anti-discrimination rally was then planned on February 9th of 2011.

 

Through this article I have read, I could make connections with what I had learnt for literature in Sec 2 last year. This event taking into consideration of racism against Jews (in this case of not letting one participate in a golf tournament) is related to the “Merchant of Venice” by Shakespeare. In this play, the Christians discriminated against the Jews. However, the Jews were equally the same, no more or less equal than Christians, just different ways of perceiving different things in life. Christians and Jews don’t really interact with each other in early Venice but in the Merchant of Venice, interaction between these two religious groups occurred when a Christian (Antonio) needs to borrow money from a Jew (Shylock). The interaction between Shylock and Antonio is just like this golf club not allowing a Jew to participate in the tournament. In this case, Antonio being the Golf Club/Tournament and Shylock being the Jewish Golfer simply just wanting to participate. It seems ridiculous that two different types of people can’t simply get along…

 

It is seen that the Jews, as well as, other ethnic groups, minorities, and females are strongly discriminated in this article. From my contextual knowledge, I learnt that Jews are hated for being a lazy and inferior race - but also for dominating the economy and taking over the world, thus they were discriminated by many. Well, I feel that there is a lot of discrimination and racism which exist in this world now. For example, discrimination among different races, different genders, different religions, the rich and the poor, and different reputations. Those are the few which I can see with my own eyes happening under the sun. Discrimination can cause lots of trouble, riots and turmoil in the country but still, some people insist to continue to discriminate other people who do not have the same ability than them. Don't we all love peace? Don't we all long for peace? Don't we all want the prevalence of peace in our own beloved country? So why practice discrimination when it cause lots and lots of unrest?

 

 The reason why we must not discriminate other people is because we are all humans. Different races should not be a reason to practice discrimination. Negros are humans right? Indians are human right? Caucasians are human right? So we are humans too, so why must we discriminate them even their skin color is different or their abilities are totally different than ours?

 

I feel that the government can launch some campaigns or activities during festive seasons to cultivate harmony between different races. From time to time, there should be some advertisements in televisions and radios to remind people about the importance of not discriminating anyone in the entire human race. Other than that, we can learn from history. This is quite useful because it can help us to recall what has happened in the past and consequently, teaches us not to repeat the same old mistakes which the people committed during the past. Parents should also teach their children not to discriminate other people.

 

 In conclusion, if there is no discrimination, unity comes in and peace pervades the world. Wars will also soon be extinct and everyone will live in harmony. As the saying goes, “United we stand, divided we fall.”

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Alice Nelson's curator insight, February 2, 2014 3:51 PM

 

 

Although some discriminations don’t exists does not mean all of it is gone. In this document it mentioned how Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland Cali, held a tournament. However in this tournament, Wade Morris wanted to participate.  It was a golf tournament. He was not able to because they claim he was a Jewish golfer. He then filled for a lawsuit (Complaint of Discrimination).  This happened February 9th of 2011.

Erica Benson's comment, February 9, 2014 12:38 PM
Very interesting connection!