Not many people seem to understand how their behaviour can be disruptive. We are often seen blaming the next person instead of admitting exactly how toxic our individual personality is. We believe racism doesn’t exist in our society, we believe we don’t discriminate based on the colour of our skins, religion, sect or ethnicity. But have we ever tried to step back and look at ourselves from a distance?
“Aankhen kitni choti hain tumhari, Chinese lgti ho.”
“Rishta dhoondna to mushkil hoga na, rang thorra kaala hai usska.”
“Nhi, wo log to shia the. Kaise krte hm log udher beti ki shadi?”
These statements come casually to us. They are often seen to be a part of our friendly conversations. How can they be considered racist, right? What exactly is racism then?
Racism doesn’t necessarily mean allowing murders of black people in broad daylight. Or punishing minorities for crimes they didn’t commit. Or killing individuals for not converting to your religion. These are much bigger problems. But they are problems fuelled by actions so minor that it never crosses our minds we can be an ally to them. Every time we address another person based on their ethnicity/skin/religion negatively, we promote the school of thought that they are outcasts. We are a nation that believes Christians or other minorities are suitable for lower-class jobs. Dark skins repel us, we promote skin whitening products on an enormous level.
Nevertheless, we still find ourselves offended if someone labels such actions as racism.
This anti-racism wave brought about by George Floyd’s death led us to address such concerns in our society too.
Just recently, Yasir Hussain promoted the idea to ban such products which was followed by a number of celebrities agreeing with him. A lot of media personalities took to their social media accounts to condemn the endorsements of skin whitening products. This will hopefully turn into a much larger movement that might ignite the fire of anti-racism in our community too.
Nonetheless, this does not end here, this is just one of the numerous things wrong with our society. We need to normalise ourselves with people who do not fit into the so-called perfect mould we have built. It’s about time we break ourselves free of such toxicity. Most of all, we need to ask ourselves the question as to what exactly is more important to us: the teachings of Islam or our society? Because I know for a fact that our religion does not promote such hatred and discrimination.