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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.

2 comments:

ummahzy said...

A salaamu aleikum, Brother.

Yes, there is much racism in this world. I am an African American and I have seen discrimination against people of African descent from New York to Paris to Kuala Lumpur.

In my first few years here i was blind to it but it smacked in the face recently when I heard of killings (one in Ramadan) and when my husband and son were nearly mugged (in my husband's case the would be muggers first gave him salaam). Now I just pray that my family will be safe here.

I cringe at the thought that I might have to tell my mother that her grandson was murdered in the street because of the colour of his skin. I didn't come this far, in search of a more Islamic setting, to end up fearing for the lives of my family. I am thankful that I have been allowed to live and work here and hope I can can continue to do so safely.

I think that ignorance is the biggest factor in this problem and hope that for the remainder of our stay in Malaysia, my family can help to educate locals and other expatriates about who Africans and African Americans are, first by setting a good example of islamic behaviour. Should our behaviour invite peaceful interaction, let us begin meaningful communication.

If we open our eyes we can find so many similarities between people and so much beauty in our differences.

After all, it is Allah who created this rainbow of people. How can we deny the beauty of his creation?

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam sis,

First and foremost, let me welcome you to Malaysia.

A land where once as kids we were a bit more color blind and enjoyed camaraderie to such an extent that no one would bat an eyelid to see Malays, Indians, Chinese, etc. share a drink or titbit, innocent of the various religious, moral and cultural restrictions that are now upon us.

To live now in this age of social and moral breakdown laced with racist venom spewing out every now and then amongst the populace, I can only sigh with regret and yearn for those carefree days when life was so much more simpler compared to the present.

To read your words and to contemplate upon what you have said and shared here with me, brings to mind just what blinkered minds and the spiraling crime have done to shatter the myth that humankind have progressed in civilization when reality smacks otherwise.

No matter how advanced life might seem for us with all the technological advancements and state of the art gadgets and fancy widgets abound in today's world, the dark side of mankind always seems to prevail and destroy whatever vestiges of a civil society many have striven to build and establish.

We have no choice but to be more careful of our surroundings.

We can't afford to be caught in a situation where we risk loss of limb and even our lives facing a crime infested suburbia and a time when people can't be bothered to risk their own safety in order to help protect and save another.

All I can advise you is to be on your alert and watch over yourself and your loved ones wherever you may be.

Read Ayatul Kursi often and take all necessary precautions to safeguard your life and those who are with you.

As we all know, this now is the Last Ages and as Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam prophecied, Fitnah is widespread and thriving in the hearts and minds of those who seem oblivious to his nasihah.

May Allah bless and protect us all from the evil ones.

Ameen.

Wassalamualaikum wr wb.