Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Azer VS Mantessa - Racism

Azer: How does racism originated?
Mantessa: It goes back to the beginning of mankind's creation. This new creation of God was created from clay and named Adam. After his creation, God ordered the Angels and those with them to prostrate to Adam. They all prostrated except Iblis. Iblis believes he is better than Adam as he is made of fire while Adam of clay. Without question, the Devil was consequently the world's first racist!

Azer: So it has something to do with the physical makeup.
Mantessa: Yes. Pride and arrogance leads to people thinking that they are better than others, simply because of their physical makeup. This pride and arrogance is truly a Devilish trait which humans have learnt from Iblis.

Azer: Is not racism a human nature?
Mantessa: No. Humans fall for the age-old trick of Satan and start playing the silly inferiority/superiority game. Some stereotype others and tolerate prejudice against other human beings, despite the fact that all human beings are equal
, from the same man and woman.

Azer: So what is our nature?
Mantessa: Our individual characters but not color, tribal or economic status of a person.

Azer: There are lotsa ethnic jokes everywhere.
Mantessa: Ethnic jokes are not innocent humor. They carry the virus of bigotry most of the time.

Azer: Should we challenge the offensive, names, jokes and comments?
Mantessa: We should feel comfortable in pointing out unfairness. We should stand up against injustice
, discourage the evil and don't call people with bad nicknames.

Azer: People tend to generalize.
Mantessa: If you observe something wrong in some persons' behavior, don't generalize it to their ethnic group. Attribute it to those persons not their group.

Azer: Is nationalism a form of racism?
Mantessa: In many ways, yes, but this is another big issue so let’s drop it.

Azer: What about Bahasa Malaysia as the National Language? Is not this nationalism and racism?
Mantessa: We should speak everyone's language. There is a need to use a common language understandable to all. This is one way racism can be curbed.

Azer: Aren’t we suppose to practice multi-language?
Mantessa: We should. We should read about people to gain positive insights into other cultures. Read what they have written about themselves.

Azer: What will you do if you find yourself a target of racism?
Mantessa: I will defend myself. First seek refuge in God from Satan and follow good advices. If I get angry, I should remain silent, sit down, move away or make wudu.
If I feel my security is being threatened, I will seek any help available. If I am attacked, I will defend myself out of my capability. I will document and pursue the case with local police, the department of human resources and anti-hate groups.