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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Racism still well and alive in America ~ Here's proof!

For all the hype we see and read about 'Change' taking place in the United States of America, there still seems to be quite a sea of racism well and alive in the world's so called 'Home of the Free and Land of the Brave'.

Here's a report attesting to how the whites in America still abhor and detest mixing with the blacks in North Philadelphia:

Pool Boots Kids Who Might "Change the Complexion"Campers sent packing after first visit to swim club

By KAREN ARAIZA

Updated 6:41 PM EDT, Thu, Jul 9, 2009

Dymire Baylor says he overheard a woman ask,
NBC Philadelphia

Dymire Baylor says he overheard a woman ask, "What are all these black kids doing?" when he and his friends showed up.

More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned away from a private swim club and left to wonder if their race was the reason.

Kids at Creative Steps Day Camp were thrilled to go swimming once a week at the Valley Swim Club. But after only one trip to the private club, they were...

"I heard this lady, she was like, 'Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?' She's like, 'I'm scared they might do something to my child!" said camper Dymire Baylor.

The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers' first visit to the pool suggested otherwise.

"When the minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool," Horace Gibson, parent of a day camp child, wrote in an email. "The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately."

The next day the club told the camp director that the camp's membership was being suspended and their money would be refunded.

"I said, 'The parents don't want the refund. They want a place for their children to swim,'" camp director Aetha Wright said.

Campers remain unsure why they're no longer welcome.

"They just kicked us out. And we were about to go. Had our swim things and everything," said camper Simer Burwell.

The explanation they got was either dishearteningly honest or poorly worded.

"There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club," John Duesler, President of The Valley Swim Club said in a statement.

While the parents await an apology, the camp is scrambling to find a new place for the kids to beat the summer heat.

Members of the club came forward Thursday to defend the organization. They call the situation a misunderstanding.

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Well folks, there you have it!

President Barack Hussein Obama Jr.,an Afro American with a black Kenyan father and white American mother might now be the President of the United States of America but that could very well be a fluke in this age of advocating the spirit of reform and change but deep down, there still flows quite a current of racism that could turn into a tsunami of hate if an earthquake of political backlash should ever erupt at any given time?

We are witnessing humankind expressing their basic instincts of survival and protecting their interests. Just like how things are over here in Malaysia?

There does exist an undeclared system of apartheid here as well pitting the Malays against all the other races.

We might see, read and hear widespread national propaganda heralding the 1Malaysia concept by the current Najib Tun Razak's led government in place but the reality that preference of one ethnicity over others is simply so overwhelmingly glaring that it simply sort of blinds the eye.

We have yet to reach the stage where people will be regarded for who or what they are instead of being judged and discriminated based upon the color of their skin and the lineage of their forefathers!

This is the sad and sordid reality that most mankind very often choose to ignore and pretend that it's not there.

Most of the political pacts, hugs and embracing we see all over the world often belie a hidden inner struggle to fight for and champion the causes and agenda of one's own tribe and race.

Same scenario over here in our multi ethnic, multi faithed nation of Malaysia. The current atmosphere of change and reform that is being touted about by both camps is only superficial.

Deep down, people still differentiate and discriminate against each other based upon skin color and ethnicity.

You know it as well as I that this is the truth, so help us God!

Racism is well and alive all over the world. This malady won't disappear overnight, that's for sure.

All that we as individuals can do is to at least be a bit more humane and understanding towards one another.

That is if we want to be able to live and co exist with one another in relative peace and harmony?

May we learn to judge others upon their individual character and deeds than dwell upon how light or dark is the color of one's skin?

Almighty Allah doesn't differentiate between us humans based upon our skin color or the quality of our clothes and outer adornments but based upon what levels we as individuals have faith in Him and as per our deeds?

Americans and all other nationalities of the world have yet to come to realize this truth!

May we all learn to accept this reality and work our way towards upholding the truth and justice that we all seek in our hearts and minds.

Ameen.
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