What Colour Are You?

When I born, I Black,
When I grow up, I Black,
When I go in Sun, I Black,
When I scared, I Black,
When I sick, I Black,
And when I die, I still black

And you White fella,
When you born, you Pink,
When you grow up, you White,
When you go in Sun, you Red,
When you cold, you Blue,
When you scared, you Yellow,
When you sick, you Green,
And when you die, you Gray.
And you calling me Colored?

This was a poem written by an anonymous African kid; the kid’s psyche is deeply etched with the “racism” demon and reflects the society’s indifference towards this demon. The entire human race is smitten with this demon, some for their skin color, some for their place of origin, some for their caste, some for their language and so on; these “somes” sum up to reveal the darker side of the society.

Racism has taken its toll on the society, the psychological and physiological impact of this demon is startling. Exposure to racism may cause one to become anxious, paranoid, angry, helpless/hopeless, frustrated, resentful, and fearful. These stress responses can affect one’s ability to function in school, work, and social settings as well as  increasing the potential for violent out bursts and suicidal tendency. Surveys revealed that personal experiences with racism have been found to be connected to behavior problems in African American boys; they resent to drugs, alcohol, crime/robbery to sustain these psychological blows.  Their history as slaves and the overall impression that African-Americans are subhuman and intellectually inferior has proven to be a detriment to their mental health. The African-Americans are considered to be a case but the psychological impact of this demon has been profound on all downtrodden races across the world.

The European colonial rule in countries like Australia, South Africa, India had adopted the racial approach to dominate and have a firm hold of their empire in those nations as a resultant the white skinned people have dominated majority of the socio-economic domain of the world for a very long time. There have been many institutional policies and laws denying the people of other races the rights and luxuries which were basic amenities for the “fairer race”. To travel by a first class train compartment in South Africa during the 19th century was a distant dream for the local Africans (A majority of them were peasants or had a peasant ancestry), The Afro-Americans in North America had no access to the best educational institutions in the nation, The Australian aborigines (The original inhabitants of Australia and the nearby islands) are the minority of that nation and are tottering with a bleak future. The Civil Rights movement in America, the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa and other rebellious movements and individuals have put a significant effort to defy this outlandish culture but the demon has been corroding the lives of innocent. Even in the age of liberalization and globalization racist attacks, comments and bullying are prevalent.

Not just African-Americans but every nation has at least one sect reported to be living in such adverse state even in these days. Is there an end to this? can there be a new beginning? There is no imaginable legitimate cure for this plague unless miracles happen; like the world waking up one fine  morning with same skin color, religion, ethnicity and origin or build and use a machine which on one flash would wipe out this feeling from our memories (just like the one used by Will Smith in “Men In Black” to wipe out  memory of others) or track and go back in time to all those places where racism was supposed to have originated from and evade the situation. These solutions might sound like a mockery of the situation but it is actually an insult and disgrace to the entire human race that we failed to co-exist as a single race called “Humans”. We have been cold about this crisis, we have criticized and protested, we have formulated policies and laws but the human psyche about this crisis has been perpetual. Wish there was a solution for this as well.

Ikshwak Kandi

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