Racial Racism: Our mind created such an image, and our mind shall erase it

Racial Racism: Our mind created such an image, and our mind shall erase it

“It is in your hands to make a better world for all who live in it,” said Nelson Mandela who respected the differences, fought against the differences and made a difference.
We live in a rainbow world having different colours and each colour has an importance on its own. Would you call a single-coloured rainbow a rainbow? How come? Similarly, our peaceful earth doesn’t only need different colours in flowers to look beautiful but in its living beings too.
Nelson Mandela is a famous personality who is known for his contribution to fighting against colourism which is a type of discrimination in which certain ethnic groups with dark skin colour are subjugated and treated badly based on their skin colour.
During the colonial period in Africa, blacks and coloured people were treated as if they were dogs! There were posters which said: “Blacks and coloured are not allowed”.
Why this discrimination?
The reason for this discrimination is the ideology of people – the ideology of ‘blacks being inferior and whites being superior’.
Every human being, no matter how rich, how poor; how tall, how short; how skinny, how fat; how literate, how illiterate; how dark, how much fair, has the right to live his life to its fullest without interference from the society. We’ve made such a mindset where the fairer skin you have, the more deserving and beautiful you are and the darker skin you have, the more filthy and unworthy you are!
The anti-Apartheid movement, as we know, was a British organization that opposed the African apartheid system and supported the black population who were oppressed by whites. Nelson Mandela fought tooth and nail against apartheid in the 1950s and here we are in the 21st century and being a coward to raise a voice for ourselves and black lives.
Apart from South Africa, our country, India, is full of diversity where people from different religions, colours, castes, cultures and traditions live.
Britishers ruled India. They were fair-skinned than Indians, obviously which left behind the ideology of racial racism in Indians’ minds. Indians began to think that being fairer is being superior and worthy. People began to prefer fair skin, their mindsets changed and as a result, they began to hate and reject their natural and biological colour.
Today, we can see how far we’ve come. We’ve forgotten our own identity. We all are different and differences are beautiful!
It all started in our minds, which created images of a particular group being superior and the other being inferior. So, let us end it with the same weapon – our minds – which can be used to erase the idea of racism. Let’s make this planet a beautiful and peaceful one by being one. Let’s not think that dark-coloured people can’t be bright. Let’s cooperate to fight for the right.
The author is a 10th-class student at Public Higher Secondary School, Ganderbal

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