Racism In Singapore

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently brought up the issue of racial integration in Singapore during the OnePeople.Sg Community Leaders’ Conference earlier this month (4 Oct). He stressed that the harmony which Singapore enjoys today is not natural, but an act of will that has been sustained through the decades.

That’s right, racial harmony has to be forced. However, not all Singaporeans are quite as colour-blind as the rest of the world may think.

And if you don’t believe that, just take a look at this Facebook page.

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PM Lee mentioned that Singaporeans have become increasingly complacent to the issue of racism in recent years. And that we’ve been lulled into a false sense of safety that racial and religious matters are no longer divisive.

In short, we think we can pass insensitive comments about other races, thinking that whatever we say won’t matter.

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But guess what.

Everything matters.

Let’s take a closer look at the earlier mentioned Facebook page.

I’m Not Racist, But..

Titled “I’m Not Racist, But.” — this is the phrase that betrays a racist, or a bigot generally. It’s basically like saying “No Offense, but.”.

You’re almost assumed that whatever comes after is incredibly offensive.

Along the same vein, posts on this Facebook page are incredibly racist.

Posts here are true stories and happenings of Singaporeans who have been casted with various racist comments.

Because of racism, people are even ashamed to be of their own race. And embarrassed even.

No one should ever be feeling like this.

Let’s take a look at another post.

Not being allowed to go to a friend’s birthday party just because they are of a certain race?

WHAT!? This is unacceptable.

Isn’t this entire situation rather ironic? While schools are encouraged to make sure that students are educated and engaged in racially diverse activities such as learning journeys to the various cultural places in Singapore,  it is equally important for parents to be preaching the same practices to their kids at home too.

Kids look up to their parents, and such practices are evidently a sign of poor parenting.

Disappointing. Simply disappointing.

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A Voice

Racist situations are usually dealt with severely in Singapore — take the case of the infamous Amy Cheong and her Facebook post flaming Muslim weddings for example. She was fired from NTUC immediately.

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Serves you right Amy Cheong.

However, not every case is big enough to be covered on the news or to be dealt with on a national level. There are still many people out there who are suffering from racism — from a young age even — and it’s sad because many are unaware.

But this page helps serve as a voice to the many victims of racism in Singapore.

Something more needs be done

While this initiative is noble in wishing to speak up for racism in Singapore, a campaign would help increase the effectiveness of this cause.

While there isn’t a campaign at the moment, helping to share and like this page doesn’t take too much.

And if you wish to get your stories posted on this page, you can write about them here.

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Featured image via I’m Not Racist But…
With reference to The Straits Times, Facebook, Yahoo Singapore