Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism are ideologies that going rampant these days. I have touched on several issues in my blog pertaining :-
- Islamophobia (REFER to Ben Affleck Vs Bill Maher incident at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/islamophobia-the-pride-prejudice-ben-affleck-vs-bill-maher-real-time/ & the ISIS incident at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/islamic-state-isis-islamophobia-the-abuse-of-the-name-under-propaganda-incognito-the-beheading-of-kenji-goto-the-unsung-humanitarian-japanese-hero/) ;
- Xenophobia (REFER to Miss America Nina Davuluri racism incident at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/all-american-xnophobia-racism-of-the-dark-beauties-miss-america-pageantry/);
- Racism (REFER to Biracial/Mulatto polemics at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2008/11/11/black-or-white-discover-the-dilemma-of-biracial-mulatto/ & Malaysians hetero-ethnicity at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2007/04/27/being-a-malaysian-in-the-world-of-racism/)
Islamophobia in United Kingdom. Apparently, quite rampant.
Nevertheless, when my own family member experienced such horrifying incident in a so-called European ‘cultured’ territory, I felt twinge of angst and disgusted feeling!!!! The Westerners boast themselves for being so ‘cultured’ and gloating about their superiority to others with their White Man’s Burden sentiment – but yet, it is us the Asians or the Easterners that are the more genuine cultured people with poise respects and mannerism!!! The Easterners are more polite and civilized in comparison to the Westerners counterparts (after all, our civilizations were older than their Age of Renaissance, a clear imitation from Islam & China civilizations!) – it is not surprising when the Malaysian 4th Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed launched the paradigm-shifting “The Look East Policy” in 1982 which emulated Japan as the role model rather than adapting the Western worlds like what Asian countries used to do.
The Malaysian Father of Modern Development, 4th Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, or affectionately known as Che’ Det knows the reality of White Man’s arrogance. That is why the paradigm-shifting economics plan of “Look East Policy” introduced in 1982.
Anyway, enough with the communication elements. I was shocked to find what my sister elaborated to me today via Facebook!! She had just experienced an Islamophobic and racism attack during train en route from London to Leeds, United Kingdom!!!!
My sister and her family went to London to settle passport affairs. On the way back to Leeds; while she was breastfeeding my second nephew Raess; she heard two Caucasian English men (urgh!) talking frantically and like the true uncivilized White Trash, loudly. And of course although English is so affiliated with cultured mannerism (Oh, you know – the teatime and hello Howwaryou etiquette!), the White Trash usually has mouth disdained with curses and foul words!
Sure, they are proud with their White Man’s Burden. But they also have White Trash – a term coined for uncivilized and rude White people!
So happened that suddenly, one of the men peeked between the train couches while my sister was breastfeeding Raess. Possibly a drunkard, he began to verbally abuse by saying :
“Hey, you! Just go fuck yourself!”
When my sister looked at him, he kept verbally tormenting by saying that my sister was rude for not replying his holler whereas my sister felt disturbed because she felt her privacy was invaded while she was trying to breastfeed her child (and yet, we are saying that England or English people “respect” the privacy of others in comparison to Malaysians??? Bullshit to all the Western lovers!).
Xenophobia in United Kingdom.
My sister was contemplated of switching the seats but my brother-in-law said they were just 15 minutes ahead to reach Leeds and possibly that the guy was a drunkard so ignorance should serve as best way to handle it. When my sister did not response, the White Trash became so annoyed :-
“I said Hi and you ignored me. Why are you so rude???!”
Still, my sister chose to ignore and being nonchalant about this. At this point, the White Trash was feeling more irritated than ever. Restlessly, he began to stand up trying to be even more aggressive towards my sister. Luckily, the White Trash’s companion asked him to sit down and left my sister and her family alone. He succumbed but of course, his mouth kept ranting out the abusive cursing :-
“I hate these fucking people. Go back to their damn countries! Fucking bastard! Go fuck your own ass!”
United Kingdom’s tabloids are fuming about immigrants. And they call themselves in Asian countries as ‘expatriate’??? Puh-leeze!
– And of course many more! My sister was boiling inside! I couldn’t imagine if I were there. Surely I will be having some tongue-duelling because I am a defensive person (REFER to the London’s Wet Carpet incident at https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/winter-united-kingdom-part-1-the-london-roaming-around-the-angry-caucasian-neighbour-camden-town/). My sister was feeling burned out but at the same time, the inferior of staying abroad in a foreign land as well as seeing other nonchalant passengers who DEFINITELY witnessed the incident but chose to care for their own businesses by using headphones, etc. – make her realized that if anything bad were to happen, probably the other witness would turn blind-eye just because ‘they don’t want to be involved in the mess” and not to be hold accountable!!
My sister was reciting prayers (The Ayatul Kursi) to calm herself. AND, the icing part of the whole hullabaloo was the remark incited by the White Thrash :-
“What she’s wearing to cover her head? She better take it off!!!”
The subliminal message in United Kingdom’s The Sun newspaper. The questioning of British Moslems’ loyalty. You think and ponder about the propaganda insinuated.
OUCCCHHH!!!! Damn! Is it not a hint to insinuate some subliminal messages????! Her head was throbbing and she decided to blank everything out. The moment the train stopped at Leeds’ Station, my sister and her family rushed out from the train without hesitation! And guess what? The White Thrash decided to FOLLOW my sister’s family!! But luckily his companion soothed him by suggesting to let the other passengers boarding out the train first!
Once out from the Leeds terminal, my sister took a taxi. Luckily it was an Asian from Kashmir who drove the taxi. And Asians usually are friendly lots. My sister and family felt relieved. For her, it was a lesson to not boarding late night journeys anymore. On top of that, my sister told me that a Malaysian community member was STABBED by a drunkard English man circa Leeds!!! HORRIFYING!!!
I felt grateful that my sister and her family is alright. Of course, one can say that it is an isolated case – like what the Malay maxim professes : “In a basket full of eggs, there meant to be some rotten ones”; nevertheless, we have witnessed, seen and hear this racism incidents over and over again! That makes us realize – perhaps, Europeans or those Caucasian territories are not so cultured or civilized as what the globalized image being portrayed via their numerous propaganda, no? Low-class mentality, I daresay!
The “White Man’s Burden” sentiment. White people self-professed themselves as the ones entrusted to civilize the world. And we, the rest are bound to be below their superiority. Have you seen Disney’s “Pocahontas”?
As for other Malaysians, yes, we do respect and show courtesy to those who know how to respect us but this is a lesson to not ‘fully immersed’ with presence of Westerners in our country. Undeniably, presence of Westerners in a local area with them self-professing as “Expatriate” instead of the usual label of “Immigrants” (for all of us non-white) is enticing for the westernized-wanna-be Asians. They feel proud and boast to have Westerner friends and echoing the lifestyles. Puh-leeze, OK? As Malaysians, we treat them like “oh, hail-the-king-and-queen” but when we go their places – we are being treated like VERMIN!!!!!
Some of White Men’s Burden subliminal messages were conveyed through American derogatory postcards published to portray the Filipinos as their ‘White Men’s Burden’ during the occupation in The Philippines.
I am interested with an article by The Guardian tackling on the issues of White Supremacy sentiment via http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/13/white-people-expats-immigrants-migration – :
“Why are white people are being called EXPATRIATE whereas the rest of us are called IMMIGRANTS???”
The poem “White Men’s Burden” by Rudyard Kipling which has inspired the whole White Supremany and Eurocentric ideologies.
What makes them so great they HAVE TO BE DISTINGUISHED than others? Erghh! Yes, I agree that it shouldn’t be a ‘generalized’ perception but I guess, the White Mens’ Burden sentiment is still fiery. And on top of that, Islamophobia has becoming an epidemic in the Western world. Luckily, the Eastern world is very receptive towards the polarity in religions especially Japan, a modern country but with sense of utmost respect to the Moslems. I’ve heard so many positive energy about Islam in Japan; and you guys can vouch it via this one article by Japan Times at http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2014/06/23/issues/can-japan-show-west-live-peacefully-islam/#.VRzNgvmUd5I.
Strong comic strips depicting the ideology of “White Men’s Burden.” They believe they are the teachers of the world, and we the non-white are the pupils and their burden needed to be civilized. Remarkably moron!
It is scary when you heard that your kin experienced this; and what’s more, the aspiration and ambition in pipeline is to further education abroad. But all in all, it is about life experience. AND, also not to ‘hail’ the Westerners. I am not anti-Caucasians or white people or any White Trash as we all living under one sun; but I ain’t going to put my best niceties or being too immersed or too agog with Westerners.
If they are so proud with their White Man’s Burden up on sleeves; why not we put our Coloured Man’s Burden up as well? This is the world of Quod Pro Quo – an eye for an eye.
A very deep cartoon strip. True.