Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Xenophobia And Racism

A choice of headlines - take your pick
Some folks think that xenophobia and racism are similar and their usage can be easily interchanged, but this is not necessarily the case.  Xenophobia refers to dislike or fearing the unknown or something that is different from you. Knowing that you can lose your job to an alien is pretty scary. Racism on the other hand is based on the belief that race determines the traits of certain humans and their innate capacity, making one race more superior to another. One stems from the crouching fear of the uncertain, the other is a disdain emanating from smug superiority.

Xenophobia is not only aversion to a person but it is a fear or dislike of other cultures and beliefs. The phobic person knows that he or she is averse to the target group, but they may not accept the fact that they are actually afraid or it is their fear that motivates the hatred for the targeted group.

Racism is best exemplified in history by slavery and colonization in which blacks were treated as inferior races. Hitler upped the ante by "proving"  Aryan whites were more superior to other races and that they were superior to the Jews also.

The Philippine Embassy is levying racist charges against a blogger for advocating displeasure with Filipinos in country "without breaking the law". Probably the same officials who chose to stay mum over the attempted take over of Ngee Ann Civic Plaza, when they could have avoided friction by hosting the planned event on embassy grounds. Or alternate venues suggested by the police.

The day after Contemplacion was hanged, Manila television aired a children's program where tiny tots were let loose into a room full of balloons and encouraged to burst them. "Stomp on them, imagine they are Singaporeans," egged on the program host. If our ambassador had filed a report on the festivities in his dispatches, one wonders whether the mainstream media will treat it as xenophobia or racism.

12 comments:

  1. Let see what TCJ and Pinky will say. Or maybe Pinky will recommend his lawyers to the Pinoys. What do you think?

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  2. Only traitors will point their weapon at their own people.

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    1. I have this belief when the time comes, the people (NSmen) will point their weapons at the traitors and their pets.

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  3. Hey tattler, so will your blog be targeted next for being racist against the PAP government?

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  4. pui these boh cheng country think Sporeans owe them a living or wat. If they think Sporeans creating trouble for their pinays and pinoys working here, then jolly well recall them all back . Bet they wont and cant as they wont b able to feed or have enuf job opportunities for them if they return. Pui donno how to count their blessings that their huge masses of jobless and poor can come to such an extent to work here only bringing their 3 generation to take up residence as well all bcos of the existence of a dysfunctional famileegime running this country. Tell me. Where else in the world but here can b so generous to other nationality people. Such audacity still dare to complain!.

    Do see where their audacity is coming from. They also know it is a dysfunctional govt here whose dysfunctional leeder is willing to b on their side to rebuke and take iSporeans to task. Pui damn bastards all of them.

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  5. >Sorry, the blog at bloodstainedsg.blogspot.com has been removed.<
    Who made the whole blog disappear?

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  6. My PAP Govt forbid me from withdrawing my CPF funds in full when I reached 55 as originally promised.

    Can I say refer to my PAP Govt as being either xenophobic or rascist towards me ?

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  7. They have freedom of speech in the Philippines so they have no right to complain.

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  8. Thanks for reminding us that these pots calling the kettle black had once, not so long ago, instigated racism in the name of nationalism.

    I say to the authorities.

    Fock them.

    Just file the complaint away.

    Whoever that blogger is, I would have done the same had I been 40 years younger and seeing my job and career blown to the winds, starring at the prospect of being forced to be a taxi driver in my own country, sacrificing two years of my life and more thereafter protecting and my job stolen for economic reasons to realize the greed and avarice of some.

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  9. Actually, Filipinos are NOT a race - hence we can't be racial towards them

    No one even got accused of being racial to a roach

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    1. When I was in the Philippines, my host told me there are Filipinos and there are "huang-nahs". Anyone heard of this before?

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  10. http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/06/19/what-silicon-valleys-diversity-reports-say-about-the-tech-workforce/?mod=e2li

    All that xenophobia talk..nothing beats data and facts.
    Why don't we get MOM to give us a list of companies with their breakdown hires?

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