“Indian racism towards Black people is almost worse than White people’s racism” says Booker prize winner Arundhathi Roy. Racism per i.e., is a very sensitive pan-global that is either addressed apprehensively (or) exploited for power struggle. The US is known for its notorious racist approach toward the African – American community. We have seen or heard instances where the black people are oppressed and brutally subjugated. The UK is known for its subtlety in expressing its racist views. However, it took a different approach when Meghan Markle married Prince Harry.
India is no less in its approach towards racism. India, as a country with diverse culture, is already riddled with so many social issues – untouchability which is still practiced in rural India casteism and casual racism. The most amusing quality in Indians is their casual racism. We tend to easily separate the fair – skinned and the dark – skinned people. We till girls of darker skin tone to become fair by following few home remedies.
We can easily embarrass them without any sensitivity. We can introduce Fair and Lovely make people insecure, and we will recruit models to sponsor such products as well. It is almost ingrained in our family practices that an entire family would feel proud if their daughter is fair – skinned because it’s easy for them to get her married. In case she is born dark, the shame that she is put through can’t be expressed in words. Interestingly, men don’t face such struggles except may be during finding matches in matrimonial sites.
There are so many incidents that shook the world and made people to revolt against racism. Currently “Black Lives Matter”, an aftermath of George Floyd’s wrongful death caused by a white cop is reigning all over the world. People are protesting against the worst attitude of several governments against the Black.
There have been riots and deaths over the white supremacy. We say apartheid has been abolished but we haven’t still fully accepted that Blacks are people as well. They are entitled to the same values, resources, education, employment opportunities, justice and other rights that we enjoy.
As Martin Luther king stated in his speech : I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today! We should strive to achieve this dream through respect and ensuring quality.