Did Race Really Matter?
Racism exists because of Race: You can alter the way you dress, change your job, amend your political loyalties and even choose another religious faith. But you can’t change your race. I wonder whether racism has something to do with the existential nature of race. Maybe if we avoid using race as a way to manage Singapore society, it could help in alleviating racist attacks.
Let me elaborate slightly more today. There are two news reports that caught my eye yesterday. The first was a front page article about an elderly homeless couple who stayed in a car park. Nothing wrong with that per se, but one sentence caught my eye....
"Both are Chinese."
A few pages down, there was another article on a security guard found murdered. Again nothing wrong with that; just that the opening line went...
"A Chinese security guard in his late 40s...."
Was the race of the elderly couple and the security guard important or even relevant to the main thrust of the article? NO. Yet it was mentioned as if it was significant. The casual use of the race of a human being in day-to-day lingo is distressing. As a first step, lets try to get rid of identifying with race. Because all it provides for is stereotypes, nothing more.