The term racism is a noun describing the state of being racist, i. The origin of the root word "race" is not clear. Linguists generally agree that it came to the English language from Middle Frenchbut there is no such agreement on how it came into Latin-based languages, generally. A recent proposal is that it derives from the Arabic ra's, which means "head, beginning, origin" or the Hebrew rosh, which has a similar meaning.
In Malaysia[ edit ] Malaysian politician Chang Ko Youn put forward "Malaysia has practised racial politics for 51 years and we know it is divisive as each party only talks on behalf of the racial group it represents When all races are in a single party, no one person will try to be the champion of the party It is easy to be a Malay hero, a Malaysian Chinese hero or a Malaysian Indian hero but it is difficult to be a Malaysian hero The country is facing economic problems now and it is important that the Government and political parties come up with a Malaysian agenda on how to unite the people and face these challenges This is especially true in a knowledge-based economy, which will be the trend in future if it is not already the trend in most Western countries.
You became aware of race politics here. Insidious people would hint that being friends with the "Other" made you a traitor to your own race. The racist rot seems to have intensified over the subsequent generations.
The bigotry we learned as adults are now being picked up by our primary schoolkids. Our leaders may, in a fit of progressiveness by their standardstalk about racial tolerance, but acceptance and appreciation for other races and cultures seem beyond their ken.
Racial intolerance in the country is getting worse, we tell ourselves, looking back to a more idyllic past. We Malaysians have always been racists.
Heck, the entire human race has always found some illusive basis for discrimination. Race, religion, colour, creed, whether you were born north or south of that artificial line called a border — we spend an inordinate amount of our time and resources on delineating our differences rather than celebrating our similarities.
If you married someone from a different race in the old days, you faced severe social censure and were treated as an outcast. Parents wrung their hands and tore at their hair, wailing "What did we do wrong?
Aiyoh, how can you do this to us? The same thing happened in our country.
Unfortunately, race politics has not really died down yet, and some people reacted as if ethnic cleansing had just taken place After 50 years of living and working together side-by-side, the people have voted to do away with racial politics but unfortunately the politicians are far from showing signs of heeding their calls for multiracialism Because most of the migrants came as "guest workers" of the British, they felt little need to integrate into Malay society.
The Straits Chinese, most of whom were rich merchants instead of manual labourers, were an exception and managed to assimilate reasonably well, with many of them habitually speaking Malay at home, dressing in the Malay style, and preferring Malay cuisine. The Malays, who were predominantly rural-dwellers, were not encouraged to socialise with the non-Malays, most of whom resided in towns.
The economic impoverishment of the Malays, which set them apart from the better-off Chinese, also helped fan racial sentiments. This failure to assimilate or amalgamate has in turn been blamed on the British.
George Maxwell, a high ranking colonial civil servant, credited the Malay aristocracy for its acceptance of non-Malay participation in public life, and attributed political discrimination to British colonial policy: From the very earliest days of British protection, the Rulers have welcomed the leaders of the Chinese communities as members of their State Councils.
Other [non-Malays] are now members of the State Councils. The policy of keeping [non-Malays] out of the administration owes its inception to British officials, and not to the Rulers. One states that the war "awakened a keen political awareness among Malayan people by intensifying communalism and racial hatred.
Racial tension was also increased by the Japanese practice of using Malay paramilitary units to fight Chinese resistance groups.
Two Malay historians wrote that "The Japanese hostile acts against the Chinese and their apparently more favourable treatments of the Malays helped to make the Chinese community feel its separate identity more acutely In United States history[ edit ] One of the Racial politics in United States is to describe racially charged political actions by Abigail Thernstromthe vice-chairman of the U.
The practice has been a major part of American government since its creation, and often divides the Republican and Democratic parties. The United States Government has since the time of its creation been divided, and in many ways developed based upon issues of race. In the Civil War between the Northern and Southern states of the nation was fought partially over the abolition of slavery.
Furthermore, the tension between the Northern Republicans and Southern Democrats continued for many years after as the South created Jim Crow laws and continued the segregation of individuals of color. The Northern Republicans realized that the South would not simply erase the strong racial divide that existed despite the abolition of slavery, and so in hopes of having a functioning Government allowed for such restrictions to exist.
Inthe Supreme Court of the United States determined that the, "separate but equal", doctrine was constitutional in the case Plessy v. Segregation was legal, so long as the segregated schools and facilities provided to whites and blacks were equal.
Inthe ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned in the Supreme Court case Brown v. The Supreme Court determined that the establishment of separate schools for whites and blacks was inherently unequal and unconstitutional.
In the current day United States[ edit ] See also: Gerrymandering in the United States and Racism in U.Executive summary. In August , a Ferguson, Missouri, policeman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. Michael Brown’s death and the resulting protests and racial tension brought considerable attention to that town.
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