The New Wave: Reverse Discrimination
By Mark Ulyseas
For The Bali Times
A wacky friend from Oz told me that I was qualified to write on the following subject because I was a â€œbrown skinned Indianâ€ and therefore could not be mistaken for a racist. I told him that racism has been alive and well in India for thousands of years with the help of the wretched caste system. Even Mahatma Gandhi could not get rid of it.
Often one is confronted with harsh reality, even in paradise. People from far-off lands arrive on these shores carrying the burden of their ancestorsâ€™ violent racial history. Why they do this is anyoneâ€™s guess. They are apologetic, nauseously politically correct and extremely sensitive to the plight of aboriginals in Oz and â€œblacksâ€ in the US. In essence, these folk have sacrificed the innocence of the â€œnowâ€ generation by inculcating in their children the septic history of their homeland.
Frankly, one is grateful to these people for they have inspired me to write about reverse discrimination.
One shall now don the robe of the devilâ€™s advocate and delve into the subtle nuances of this new wave that has become all encompassing in Australia and the US. These countries have been targeted because some family members living there have encountered this new-age form of racism.
Reverse discrimination is when overzealous self-appointed guardians of history over-indulge the weaker sections to the point of discriminating against the historical offenders, the white people in Australia and US. They do this in the hope that the vicious past would dissolve naturally in the minds of the people, made lazy by easy handouts. Reality has become the pallbearer of the true meaning of discrimination.
Visiting Australians have confided in me that their country is fast becoming a â€œState of the Ridiculeâ€ where the aboriginals are being destroyed not by violence but by unbridled aid.
Instead of empowering them to handle their own lives, the state has handed out ready-made houses to the aboriginals, who I am told often use the wood in the houses for fires and weapons in an impromptu fight. Sadly, there exists rampant women abuse, incest, murder, rape by knives or sticks, which is the result of taking them out of their communities and attempting to â€œcivilizeâ€ them through acts of charity that are actually crippling them culturally.
Petrol-sniffing and alcohol abuse are the fuses that light the exploding violence in remote communities. Instead of empowering these folk and ensuring they do things for themselves with all the support of the state, they are given everything on a platter as if this would wipe away the stain of the Stolen Generation â€“ the cross that poor non-aboriginals in Australia have to bear. According to Joan, a teacher in Alice Springs, the opportunities for needy white or black kids who are not aboriginal is shocking; even white farmers crippled by years of drought find it hard to get any substantial help â€“ handouts being non-existent.
So is this the birth of an infectious form of racism â€“ reverse discrimination? And will this be the seed from which will grow brave new generations of white or black supremacists? Joan told me that in her country, political correctness has reached absurd levels. Society has imprisoned itself in an iron cast of dos and donâ€™ts that has adverse effects. Nothing negative can be uttered about the aboriginals for this would bring a swift response by society and the state. Even Aussie expats in Bali pontificate about the â€œwhite manâ€™s burden.â€ I suppose talking is cheaper than getting off oneâ€™s butt and flying back to Oz to work at remote communities. Has anyone ever mentioned the poor non-aboriginal kids on the block and what is being done and not being done and what should be done for them? Probably these folks are being overlooked because no one wants to be seen to be favoring them for fear of being branded a racist; so Iâ€™ve heard through the grapevine.
In the US, being black could possibly be an advantage. One can always cry discrimination in police custody, get away with murder and, more importantly, bag a job that one does not merit and leave it months later.
Have you observed the American media constantly harping on the colour of Obama â€“ the whitest black most suited for president? If he is elected, all ordinary white Americans without a strain of racism in them can heave a sigh of relief for no one can henceforth accuse them of being racist for they would have a â€œblack president.â€ And finally, the underprivileged white and other non-black citizens can look forward to being recognized as a section of society that also need help in areas like healthcare, jobs and education.
The question I would like to ask Obama if he becomes president is this: â€œMr. President, I understand that I could face imprisonment and/or be fined for calling a black man a nigger. Would you enact a similar law protecting white and â€œotherâ€ people from being called inappropriate names or do you think these lopsided laws are exclusively for the blacks?â€
The truth is there for all of us to see â€“ the blacks and aboriginals have endured hundreds of years of unimaginable pain and suffering; families and whole generations have disappeared into the rancid and festering mouth of racism. But times have been changing. People of all colors and religions have come forth to apply balm on these tortured souls. But in continuing to do so, we are overlooking the â€œothers,â€ thereby creating a schism that is slowly turning into mass reverse discrimination. There is a danger that this could become a full-blown problem in the near future, which will affect all, including those living on this island paradise.
We must remove our pseudo garb of bleeding-heart liberals and confront this issue head on â€“ calling a spade a spade and not a rose, if you get the drift.
A close Aussie friend and his equally mad Californian girlfriend have suggested the airing of a live weekly TV program titled Racist. It would be a face-off with words between dissenting groups to get all the poison of history out of our system.
Hopefully this would help in creating a brave new world of endless possibilities, like one law applies to all, irrespective of colour, caste, creed, race or religion – equal opportunities for all and not based on inherited historical factors that have lost their significance and effectiveness in this age.
Reverse discrimination will continue to grow unless we decide to draw a line in history, to write off past debts and start anew.
Maybe this island is the answer. Maybe the multinational force of expats will carry back to their homeland stories of harmony, peaceful coexistence and love. And maybe this could delay the onset of yet another round of racism â€“ reverse discrimination – that is far more potent, for it is growing in the majority community in most countries.
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