Are you racist?

By Sanchit on Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Filed Under:

All of you have read the title. Most of you will straight away discard the topic and maybe even close the window!! But hey whats the hurry....1 min time is not much.

Even I discarded the question when I read it in one book. But after reading 1-2 paragraphs I asked myself a simple question and the answer left me thinking.

So the question is if 2 boys (1 black and 1 white ) are drowning and you can save just 1 who will you save? If people seriously and truthfully ans this question many will be shocked!

By racist i doesnt mean those hardcore people who torture blacks....its just that people generally have a stronger affection towards whites than blacks!

You can also take the racism test developed by Harward University and find the results-

After reading the book and taking the test I realised that I had a slight preference towards white than black. From that day I always treat everyone as equal without any preference. Hope more people will acknowledge the fact and take necessary actions :)

17 comments for this post

Hello there,

Racism has such negative impacts on people. What we all need is respect among us. With respect and humility, discrimination will never occur.

Of course, reality bites. Whether we like it or not, racism happens in every society.

Thank you for this post!

Take care!

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 1:47 PM  

hey thnx 4 the main aim 4 writing this post was that people dont often realize that they are being discriminative....

E.G- attending a white person 1st at a restaurant or any other place....

many people dnt even realize that they are doing something wrong...

so hope this post will help them in realizing and take steps towards a racism free world!! :)

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 2:30 PM  

I did one of these tests and find it very long winded..

I sincerely do not believe myself to be racist, I tend to judge people and behave with people in different ways depending on the reactions and behavior of those individuals.. Skin colour has nothing to do with it for me..

Posted on November 28, 2008 at 12:09 AM  

yes indeed the test is bit long.....and i m glad if racism has got nothing to with is gr8 to see people treating every1 equally.....!!

hope a day comes.....when every1 feels like the way u do :)

Posted on November 28, 2008 at 12:58 AM  

Thanks for sharing this test. It's great but I don't want to share results :)

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 12:46 AM  

Does saving the black boy as opposed to the white boy imply that I'm racist against whites?

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 12:59 AM  

I am a person that really enjoys diversity, so no, I am not a racist.

Diversity is the reason why USA is USA today.

-Nurse Jen Doll
Your Daily Reality Nursing

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 3:53 PM  

TO anonymous....

well that would be a strange case and as i have indicated in my post its more of "preference" than being "biased" if u save randomly one....its gr88

but sadly people generally give preference on various basis :(

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 9:03 PM  

It depends really on what you define as Racism. In India people can be quite racist. Especially if you are from the North-East or even if you are white or black. Its common enough for people in North India to gawk at white people, call blacks as "Habshi" and call Asians as Chinks. Someone said it best when they said that Brown people make the worst racists they do not like white people and they do not like black people. A good example can also be that in villages in North India its common to find slightly darker boys called 'kala' as a nickname while fairer ones are called 'gora'. Same type of behaviour is also shown by Mexicans who may call people Negrito or Blanco based on skin of colour. So I guess racism is prevalent across the various colours of humans. In Africa its common to hunt Albinos and to even kill them.

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 3:37 AM  

@ odzer

i read ur comment and i felt very hurted that u describe indians as worst of racists just bcoz they call people by name.....i agree that people call different races by diff names but whn it comes to behaviour we doesnt discriminate and certainly DONT KILL PEOPLE AND ABUSE THEM LIKE ITS BEEN DONE IN UK, USA, NEWZEALAND ETC. IN NZ INDIANS CANT GO OUT OF THEIR HOUSE AFTER 10PM.....WHILE IN INDIA EVERY1 CAN ROAM AROUND FREELY.....IF THERES A THREAT TO THEM,.....THERES A THREAT TO US ALSO.....ITS NOT THAT ONLY WHITE OR BLACK ARE ATTACKED!!!!!

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 3:27 PM  

@ Sanchit : Indian soldiers normally rape and kill North-East Indians in their own states. Is it not a fact? How many protests have you witnessed against that? I am sorry that the situation is bad in New Zealand for Indians. However it is no better for people of other races in India either. We have had many rapes of tourists in India as well. One of my German workers was followed late at night by a group of young men while driving home from work here in Chandigarh. One other German girl was even raped in Hotel Taj right here! So its like a pot calling the kettle black. Anyway I did not say Indians are the worst racists. I just said that Brown people are likely not to like either blacks or whites.

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 7:02 PM  

as if the whites love blacks or brown!!

and ur saying that soldiers rape north east people!!!!! NO ITS NOT A FACT......its a misconception

and i knew u would come up with this point that foreigners are raped in india!! I have to say with much regret that in india women are pretty unsafe.....they were raped coz they were women not bcoz they were white.....racism is something which happens to certain race and not every1

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 7:27 PM  

@ Sanchit : Indian soldiers are notorious for their sexual atrocities not only in the North East but also in the Congo. In fact the Congolese government has refused anymore Indian contingent and the UN is taking this matter very seriously. Of course I agree that racism is present within every racial group. However most crimes of the Indian army seem to be against minorities or different racial groups. I find that quite disturbing. You do not witness such behaviour in India Proper or mainland India.

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 11:38 PM  

@ odzer

mayb ur rite..... nothing regarding this have been covered by media in india....and indian army is highly respected.....what ur saying abt indian army in congo mayb true.......but i have no idea abt it as it was never reported here....

if this is the case this is the thing which india should look and deal with very strictly :)

Posted on December 5, 2008 at 12:30 AM  

Its a painful fact that you can see the worst case of racism in the name of caste system. I myself was born in a backward caste, but to rich parents, who don't care much about religion/caste. But I used to get some repulsive comments from my higher caste born friends about our ancestry, and when I came out of my state for educational purposes, comments from Brahmin-Non Brahmin high castes based on my caste and brown skin tone. Even my close pal, a Brahmin is very proud of his caste, and always compares the fair skin to the brown ones, even to the extent that he sees us as inferiors. Caste system is the worse social habit in India, and a painful fact. even the people who cries about racism in Australia will be doing the same to their fellow citizen in India.

Posted on June 14, 2009 at 11:21 PM  

brown people are one of the most racist people in the world... i come from north india and have a jet black skin tone... i have personally experieced racist comments from people and relations you cant even imagine... its so inherent in out systems that they do it without even thinking...
we have no right to crib... just think urself how many times you would have heard a dark boy in a class being called an african...

Posted on July 3, 2009 at 3:57 PM  

@ Varel

I would like to say that I myself belief that Indians are worst when it comes to "CASTEISM" !

But I have lil diff views on Racism!! You may know better as you have experienced it but comparing it with west would be unfair since in western countries people are even killed in Racial attacks whereas in India people might make fun but I havent heard of any physical attacks due to race!!

Other thing to note is it may not have nothing to do with race. In India people have the bad habit of making fun of others. A tall person would be called "lambu" "giraffe".... a fat person is taunted by saying "football" "mota" etc......

So basically every1 is taunted on physical appearance which is wrong!!

Thats my opinion!!

Posted on July 5, 2009 at 4:16 PM  

Post a Comment