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Racism in Mali and the Upcoming Elections

Racism in Mali and the Upcoming Elections | Conflict and Prejudice_Ong Meng Kiat (25) |
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
Ong Meng Kiat's insight:

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.

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.

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.


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#UN To Confront #USA On Persistent Racial Discrimination #racism

#UN To Confront #USA On Persistent Racial Discrimination #racism | Conflict and Prejudice_Ong Meng Kiat (25) |

#UN To Confront #USA On Persistent Racial Discrimination #racism

Widespread racial Discrimination continue to exist in the United States, and results in serious and pervasive human rights violations in a wide range of areas.

Via Juan Carlos Hernandez
Ong Meng Kiat's insight:

Racial discrimination is definitely a extreme problem which is still very prevalent in the world. If we do not discriminate others just because of the race, religion, gender, etc...,our world would be a more pleasant place to live in as everyone will work together as one family.This is because discriminating a group of people will only cause more hatred and no one will stand to gain. Thus, it is important for the American community to address these issues.

Swee Khim's curator insight, July 12, 2014 8:25 AM

I think that racism disempowers people by devaluing their identity. It is the opposite of the democratic principle of equality and the right of all people to be treated fairly. This would cause human violations to attain their rights and widespread racial disparities. In my opinion, racism is something you learn and not what you are born with. Hence instead of criticizing and discriminating people around us, we should learn to appreciate their existence. Even the UN cannot stand the level of racism and are searching for a treatment for racial discrimination to resolve this problem by confronting the USA. This is to prevent further conflicts between the nations and the people. 

Norman Chan's curator insight, July 12, 2014 7:57 PM

I feel that racial discrimination is a serious problem in our everyday lives. Even if we might not notice it, but we are sometimes already discriminating someone of different race. I feel that everyone should be treated the same and not treat them base on their race. Everyone should learn to appreciate people of other race and racial discrimination wouldn't be that be of a problem anymore.

Ryan Ho's curator insight, July 13, 2014 3:52 AM

Oh how a great nation has fallen. These people are throwing everything that Abraham lincoln and his soldiers had fought for, down the drain. That homeless African American was sent to jail without any possibility of being pardoned just because he was the middleman in the sales of drugs since he needed money for him to eat.

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The racist video that's shocked Australia

The racist video that's shocked Australia | Conflict and Prejudice_Ong Meng Kiat (25) |
Police investigate racist abuse caught on camera. (The #racist video that's shocked Australia - You'd be glad to know that she's being charged.

Via Jesslyn Tan
Ong Meng Kiat's insight:

I am utterly shocked by the crude words used by the woman. It shows the deep-seated discrimination. This would cause unhappiness in the society as no one wants to be criticized like that. As this is said in a public place, it will definitely affect the reputation of Australia due to these insensitive comments. We should definitely take note of what we speak, especially in such public places where many different people use the train.

Jesslyn Tan's curator insight, July 12, 2014 12:39 AM

After reading this article, I was devastated. I wondered why would the woman make hurtful racist comments just because some children did not give up their seats for her. I think she had no idea how sensitive these racist comments are. Just these words will lead to great conflict. Usually, conflicts due to racism are sparked off by prejudice which leads to sensitive comments against a certain race. I think that an important point is that prejudice is hard to avoid sometimes, but we can control what we say. This is how we respect people of a different race or nationality from us.