‘Diving into the wreck’ – Dynamics of race in a changing world

Are we living in a post-racial age? Your answer surely would not be yes. Despite the high flown claims that are made, the fact remains unchallenged in its entirety that racism has not been eradicated from this world of ours.

In an interview to The Telegraph, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison talking about race said, “People keep saying we need to talk about race. This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back.” She added: “And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’, I will say yes.” (Daily Telegraph April 2015)

Whether they are Rohingya Muslims fleeing the wrath of armed forces of Myanmar leaving the charred bodies of their loved ones behind, the “Afro” – Americans of the USA striving for their colored existence in Whites’ America or the refugees, escaping the atrocities of war, treated like convicted criminals. Is it more relevant to be a human or to be an African, American, Christian, Syrian, and Palestinian? Theoretically no, but practically yes.

According to OSCE.org 1,356 cases of hate crimes were reported in Finland, 739 in France, 2,447 in German, while the U.S. surpassed all, according to FBI 4,029 hate crime offenses were motivated by race/ethnicity and 1,354 offences were motivated by religious bias.

We are ‘diving into the wreck’ if we continue to maculate the essence of humanity by and will leave a legacy of hate for generations to come. This xenophobic divide will bring this world to ashes until we learn to live with the differences we have as Audre Lorde said: “It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability to recognize ,accept and celebrate those difference”. We need to build a global space that tolerates the differences if not celebrate them otherwise this planet would take no time to become a wasteland.

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