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Why we need to talk about race
« on: August 21, 2016, 10:13:58 am »
http://www.todayonline.com/commentary/why-we-need-talk-about-race


The character of racism that exists in Singapore was not shaped by acrimonious histories that have plagued a number of societies, where specific groups have been actively subjugated, sometimes through slavery, and worse still, genocide.

Rather, the vestiges of racism here stem from our innate in-group preferences, which have sometimes left us lacking in sensitivity and self-awareness when we interact with those who are ethnically different.


If we are to overcome this, we need to talk about our differences, as much as we talk about our commonalities. It is through this process of frank discussion and an openness to understand others that we can eliminate unfair stereotypes and biases. With that, we can go beyond simply agreeing with our multicultural ideals to actually realising them in practice.








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Re: Why we need to talk about race
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2016, 10:55:45 am »
I've watched the program on racism on CNA, it makes one think more about racism and I'm convinced that most Singaporeans are racist but claim otherwise.
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Re: Why we need to talk about race
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2016, 05:58:48 pm »
I've watched the program on racism on CNA, it makes one think more about racism and I'm convinced that most Singaporeans are racist but claim otherwise.

All those prejudices were inculcated by our parents.  And propagated henceforth ....
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