Sunday, July 21, 2024

The wall of racism and discrimination

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Racism or discrimination is prevalent all over the world

Racism or discrimination is prevalent all over the world. Different people see or measure it in different ways. Racism can sometimes be with the color of the skin, sometimes with regionality, sometimes with tribe, sometimes with race. According to some definitions, if a person’s behavior is controlled by his race or color, even if it is not harmful to anyone else, it is called racism. In other definitions, exploitation and torture are only influenced by racism and racism.

I remembered an incident from a long time ago in the context of racism.I am returning home from university after completing lab work. Evening is falling. The lights of the street lampposts are lit. I was walking through the streets inside the campus feeling a bit relaxed. I didn’t notice who was around. Suddenly there was a sharp sound right in front of me. The sound is like a knife being unsheathed. Looking ahead, I saw someone standing in front of my face with a shiny knife. I was very scared. The 10/12 year old boy with the knife laughed at my fear. Skin color is white. Another girl is standing next to him with a dog. Seeing the smiling boys and girls, the fear was reduced a lot. Maybe they were just doing it for fun.

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I went to the lab the next morning and told one of my British lab-mates about the incident. Shortly after that, the university security police came to me. It was probably my lab-mate who reported the matter to the police. After hearing the whole incident, the police asked if I wanted to file an official complaint against the boy. I told them, they did not harm me. The officer said, he did not harm today but he will harm when he grows up. I think you should complain for the good of the boy and for the good of society. I asked what they would do about the boy if I complained. They said, they will bring some suspected boys. I have to identify him from behind. There will be no punishment for him at this age, but they will give him a warning and keep an eye on him so that he doesn’t cause trouble in the future. I was very confused. First of all, I did not want to harm the boy by identifying him. Secondly, I have to travel through this route every day. They can make trouble if they want. My lab mates asked me to file an official complaint. My friends said, it’s racism. I should protest. I couldn’t do anything that day. Both hesitancy and fear were working to keep him from protesting. Today after so long I feel like I didn’t do the job right that day. I should have complained.

My friends were right. If it were a white man instead of me, the boy would not have dared to do this. Because they know about whites sense of responsibility and awareness. Out of their sense of responsibility towards the society, they did not release the boy. This is where we differ from them. We are in dilemma by erecting various weak causes. can’t protest. Racism has also happened in Toronto in front of me. A white woman poured a can of coke over my neighbor’s daughter’s head while getting on the bus. Neither mother nor daughter protested. We Bengalis are always in a conflict. The police here help us. Even the bus drivers cooperates us, after all this we are scared. Thus if we are only in dilemma then the wall of racism in the society can never be broken.

Canada is a country of people of different nationalities. We have to move with people from different countries. If we keep such mentality, we will not develop friendship with people of any nationality. Keeping racism at bay will not be easy without a friendly mindset. In Britain we were all friends. South-Americans, Africans, Chinese, Arabians, Asians, British, all mingled together. I often see, the friendship of boys and girls here is limited only to the Bengali community most of the time. is hidden racism more here than Britain? Bangladeshi children do not talk like friends with any white Canadian boy or girl or any African boy or any Chinese boy at the wharf, on the bus. Here at work I have found many Canadians and people from other countries to be very friendly. Why do we not relate to them? Do we suffer from inferiority? Is this inferiority due to our inertia in English? Do we lack proper education? Do we have less knowledge about the country’s constitution and laws? Then where is the problem?

We are afraid of how we can survive by protesting in this country. What is our mental weakness? What is the pity? May be lack of education. When we are new to this country, the rules are not well known. Our knowledge of constitutional rights remains low. How do we get this knowledge?

BCS (Bangladeshi-Canadian Services) in Toronto has taken initiatives to eliminate racism and discrimination. This is the new campaign of BCS. BCS has undertaken two projects to eliminate or combat this racism and discrimination. 75 youths are and will be working in these two projects. That’s why they recently launched a project “Together End Racism in Toronto” (TERT) from last March, 2024 which will continue for one year. A group of young people have taken it upon themselves to eradicate racism. Another project of BCS “Education and Allyship Program” (EAP) has been undertaken in December, 2023. Under this project, a group of dedicated people are working through “Tarun Mitrata” or Allyship to tackle racism and discrimination. BCS is educating them to stand up against racism and discrimination. Their appeal to the public is to come forward and join us in eradicating racism, tackling discrimination. Find out how these young people can stop racism and discrimination. The people of all of Toronto must come forward to end this racism and discrimination in all of Toronto. In the same way, the whole world should be changed, the people of the whole world should come forward. All people should be loved, friends should be made. We have to believe that all people are the same under the skin of different colors. Because black and white only on the outside, everyone is equally colored inside.

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