The nation was abuzz this previous week when social media was set ablaze with the abhorrent information that (as soon as once more) a girl of shade was being discriminated in opposition to for purportedly carrying her hair in a pure state. Now, whereas I shouldn’t have all the small print that encompass this specific matter, I notice with a lot dismay that this isn’t an remoted incident and this isn’t the primary time such an incident has occurred in our nation.

The ugly fact of the matter is that this: there exists a severe and systemic concern of racism in Belize, and as a rustic we have now failed in a most egregious method to root it out and nip it at its bud. Many leaders, businesses and organizations have merely spoken about this systemic concern, however have failed miserably in successfully addressing the matter. As a rustic, we have now operated on the dogma that nothing lasts ceaselessly and that every thing will ultimately blow over in time.

However we will’t proceed to dwell like this and proceed in such a negligent method. Even when the information fades in time, the stings and the stain will linger and proceed to permeate additional. From time immemorial, racism has been and has continued to be a really distinguished concern and has been flagrantly disavowed. Many individuals proceed to grapple with the results of racism and discrimination in our nation, and it’s excessive time that we come to the drafting board and instantly handle this concern. This concern requires severe and fast redress, and the time is ripe that we pay our dues ahead to our individuals who proceed to endure in silence.

Discrimination is available in many varieties and oftentimes is a precursor to racism. Racism is like an undercurrent that runs within the veins, and it supplies a brilliant ego to the perpetrators as a result of by some means it makes them really feel superior when the colour of their pores and skin, their creed or ideology make them really feel as if they’re higher than any individual else. What an outright disgrace! Such travesties ought to by no means be made to face, as a result of we had been all created equal, and we had been born with the inalienable proper to dwell in a free and honest society the place we will all categorical ourselves and dwell out the deserves of our true identification with out having to be judged for it or be subjected to harsh scrutiny for our decisions which can be inherent to us and promote our general wellbeing.

I couldn’t be extra disgusted to study {that a} lady who chooses to put on her hair in a specific manner or fashion is being subjected to intense scrutiny and being made to endure disrepute for expressing her identification. This isn’t solely discrimination. That is racism. This speaks to a damaged society which has failed to handle and root out a systemic downside, and now it has come to present itself. This concern will proceed to present itself if we don’t handle it head-on and root it out altogether.

As a society, we can not in good motive name ourselves free and honest if any such conduct is perpetrated on a regular basis in our workplaces, our colleges, communities and society. If we permit such repugnance to proceed and take priority, then we have now failed at our most rudimentary function in life, which is to see one another as equal and respect one another for the alternatives we make in expressing themselves.

Be it identified that this author despises any type of discrimination and racism. That is the twenty first century, of us! The issues that we face are quite a few and fierce. We’re struggling to grapple with the very ills that plague us. Racism shouldn’t even have room to breathe, given the time we’re in and the troubles we face. If racism and discrimination in direction of others make you are feeling superior or by some means extra ordained, then you haven’t any concept what it’s to dwell and love; and extra so, in case you use racism and discrimination in opposition to different individuals to trump your trigger, you’re a sore loser and have misplaced your manner.

Unchained Reflections Of a Liberal Pragmatist.

God Bless Belize!


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