Cosmetic Race and it’s Endurance once Swedish economists set out to examine whether economic freedom made people any less or more racist. It was all about asking people from different countries to identify the kind of people they would want as neighbors.
Data reveals that the Anglo and Latin American countries are most tolerant and the coolest among all; while India and Pakistan are the least tolerant of racial diversity in their neighborhood. More than 40% of people in the respective countries have expressed their resentment against other races.
We are conditioned by education and media to keep racial preferences or controversial replies private i.e. to lie about them in surveys. Sadly, we have no survey question for honesty. But at least considering the little percentage of honest replies, the data is quite disappointing.
Ignoring the survey for a while, studies actually say that Asian population is more tolerant to diversity in races and culture because we are predominantly influenced by movie and multimedia.
We tend to watch a lot of movies in different languages, but the western population has a limited go-to in terms of selection, so they aren’t exposed to much variety, either by choice or by force.
This is a double edged sword with contrasting responsibilities: one not to act with intolerance and other to protect the tolerance and advance it.
The changing geographic and political reality made this world racially and culturally diverse, but not harmonious. Respect the difference. This involves a conscious rejection of biased beliefs and behaviour and the valuing of others irrespective of their colour or creed.
Acceptance of differences and diversity also entails “enthusiastic endorsement of difference”. Endurance upto a stage.
It is too early to equalize perspective and tolerance. Not everyone who speaks to be anti-racism is one. Every high school student responds against racism using terms like ‘justice’, ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’. But how many of them will be equally receiving in congruent situations. Self-reflective and empathising perspective is tolerance.
Racism sadly is being antagonistic in nature. But in strong roots of sociology and philosophy, racism has 2 components: proposition – having knowledge about the existence of different races and the essence of adaptation.
On the other end, there is a disposition, which defines moral significance; terms such as superiority and inferiority will come into play. Everybody should have a clear preposition of racism, it is moralistic enough.
So you can be a racist without having racial prejudice. That is how you can advance in the route of racial tolerance. But using these racialist thoughts for discrimination, segregation, or denial of human rights is erroneous.
Colonial rule, institutions, and power are important structures for inflicting insidious and potent oppression and exploitation.
A tolerant racist shall refrain from acting on false beliefs and statements. He/she shall not influence people’s ideology or societal functioning. There has to be symmetry between logical, moral and human priorities.
The thousands of horrors of racism isn’t news anymore from slavery to holocaust to apartheid to ethnic cleansing. But only rare cases like that of George Floyd gain momentum and revolutionize the world.
So according to Angela Davis in a society where racism has taken over, it is not ethical to be a non-racist; you have to be an anti-racist. Embrace all colors. All colors are beautiful. To wrap it all, there is only one human race; scientifically and anthropogenically. Build Endurance
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