June 2008



It sounds funny when you first read the title, but the discrimination of white people is a reality which is usually ignored. Most people think it is only coloured people that experience discrimination but white people are victims of this disease as well. Sure the issue is no where as serious as that of other coloured races but white discrimination definitely exists.

 

Ever wonder why there isn’t a white history month or a Caucasian awareness week? Discrimination! plus also because white people don’t care enough. Any signs of ‘white pride’ are usually interpreted as white supremacy. It’s okay for a black guy to wear a t-shirt saying ‘Proud to be Black’ but if a white guy wears a ‘Proud to be White’ t-shirt, that person would either get laughed at or would fall into the stereotypical category of ‘the ignorant white guy’. The double standards in our society are endless.

 

What was the last time you saw a white person working at a business run by non-white immigrants? One reason why you don’t see that often is because immigrants prefer hiring from with in the family/community to strengthen the immigrant community as it is already comprised of a lot of low income families. However, another reason for that is pure discrimination. Now I am not saying all immigrant families are racist, but a good chunk of them are; and not just to white people, sometimes even to people of the same race as them!(trust me, its true). This could be because they haven’t been raised in a multi-cultural society and therefore might not be as accepting of other races.

 

A lot of big corporations tend to advertise how ‘diverse’ their work force is. I personally believe they do it because it is good PR. Their company looks better this way and at the end it’s really all about making more money. Diversity translates to colour and that means that the person responsible for hiring would lean towards hiring someone who is coloured, even if there is a white person that might be better than the non-white candidate. I love multiculturalism but I don’t think race has anything to do with competency. 

 

At the end, I don’t believe this is a big issue; my point is that it exists and is just as wrong as discriminating black people. The reason most white people don’t bring this up is a) because they don’t even realize it b) a lot of them still feel guilty for what their ancestors have done to other races and feel bad bringing it up. ‘Collective guilt’, as Hamza Yusuf puts it, is a disease plaguing our society and we need to get rid of it.

 


I have considered life to be about prioritizing things that are important to you. Making a list of things you value most and putting time into them based on their rank on your list. For example, one’s list might look something like this: 1) Academics 2) Health 3) Family 4) Friends etc. So based on where things are on the list, I would spend time on them respectively. So if I had an hour of spare time, I would see what’s more important to me and let’s say if it was health, I would spend that hour at the gym or if it was friends, I would go out with my friends.

I am starting to realize that might not be the way to go. First of all I am not sure if my list is justified. I don’t feel comfortable putting anything over my mother but that would imply everything else would go under her. That might mean putting maybe my best friend under my mom and that obviously isn’t fair to my best friend and I can’t do that anyways. So what I have come to realize is that life is more about balancing all the things that your prioritize or that are important to you; rather than going by list in which you rank things important to you.

Let’s say you put all of your time into academics and end up getting and A+ average. That’s a great thing but at the end of the day if it cost you your relationship with the people that care about you then why does that A+ matter. Or let’s say you value money and you put all your time working; what is the point of all of that money if it cost you your education and maybe even you relationship with the people around you. Extreme of anything is bad and it’s important to take the middle path in all cases. Balancing isn’t easy and I guess you have to put a lot of work into it. I slightly feel like a hypocrite writing all this because I myself haven’t been good at balancing things; but I guess I have to change. My mother has always tried explaining this concept to me but I did not get a hold of it until recently. Interesting how you can never understand the wisdom behind what your parents tell you until a lot later.