This isn’t a conversation about who’s winning and who’s losing, it’s not about diversity, and it’s not about racial warfare; it’s about establishing respect for every culture and individual.
I’ve often heard it said, “We want racial diversity” only to have someone make a despicable association by disregarding “westerners” or “white people”.
For some people, it’s even ‘cool’ or ‘edgy’ these days to call some one “white trash”.
Since language is one of the many things we wish to appropriate, why is it okay to belittle western people yet patronise our position by hiding behind the blanket of “minority”.
We often don’t even think twice about “white shaming”.
Here’s what I feel is the fault, it’s when a sentence starts with;
“As a (insert race) individual, I feel…”
Why not just say “As a human being, I feel…”?
I understand that in certain scenarios, of course it’s necessary to point out one’s position / race / cultural background — I can’t understand what another individual has been subjected to, I’m unable to empathise without understanding what another human being has been through.
This is the part that usually gets me in trouble,
When I say that in the middle-east, we do discriminate against “white people”.
People have said some very nasty things to me for holding that opinion.
To be told, “You can’t be racist against white people”; Seriously?
Some have even called me a “Nazi sympathiser”, just because I believe “Westerners do and are often required to respect our culture when they visit the Middle-East, so why should it be any different when we visit theirs?”
Here’s the thing that bothers me,
Individuals who point out everything that’s wrong with the western culture, fail to acknowledge the fact that it’s also one of the only cultures that has attempted to take a step towards bringing about change and offering a helping hand.
During the Immigration crisis, not one country from the Middle-East offered support — because we were too afraid, and we didn’t want to accept it.
Yet, we were the first to criticise Europe for mistreatment of immigrants.
Failing to acknowledge the conditions, and their culture which is under threat.
Would we have responded any differently if our culture was under threat?
Probably not. Probably far worse.
I’ve been told “white people” don’t like “brown-muslims”, people of my culture seem content on that fact — then how does one explain the love and respect I received the time I spent in Australia, when most of my friends were Atheists, the countless job offers I received without prejudice, the university that gave me my first job even though I was barely fit for it, the mentors who took me under their wing, the friends and families whose homes I visited and didn’t serve ‘pork’ because they felt it would be offensive to me.
I wouldn’t have been offended, because it’s their culture and their home; I’m just a guest. Yet, the gesture and kindness warmed my heart — for them to have taken my feelings and tradition into consideration as they welcomed me into their home was a show of respect.
Respect that should be mutual.
Respect which needs to be resonated.
It’s a difficult time, isn’t it? The world seems divided, political instability, social unrest, maybe even a market-collapse.
We love pointing fingers, don’t we?
Yet we won’t admit we want the world to change for us, and not the other way around.
We’re unwilling to make amends or assimilate.
We “demand” rather than display “gratitude”.
Here’s another myth people love dropping without proper research, “White people never did any good for the world”.
Considering the fact that we wouldn’t have electricity had it not been for Benjamin Franklin (a white man) or Lise Meitner, an Austrian born nuclear physicist, one of the first to discover that a uranium atom would split when it was bombarded by neutrons; to this day considered to be one of the most significant scientists of the twentieth century (a white woman).
The argument against that would be made such as, “It’s because they were privileged and had access to further education”.
Whilst the point I’m trying to make is, they made significant discoveries.
Discoveries, which mattered; still do.
If we wish to establish racial equality or gender equality, or equality in any social structure — acknowledge that we can’t pick and choose who gets to be a part of the equality equation.
As a humanitarian, before any label that I associate with myself; I hope we recognise that we can only resolve our issues through respect and humility.
Through recognising that it’s not okay to simply “demand” respect whilst belittling an entire culture.
That it’s not okay to use the term “white t**sh”.
And it’s certainly not okay to make individuals feel guilty for their “race”; which they’re born into.