firstly, i apologize for the exclamation point in the title. (at least I didn't capitalized it)
Now that the exclamation mark has worked its magic, I challenge the users of the forum that proudly displays the logo "regardless of the difference of race, ethinicity, and religion" to challenge their stereotypes.
According to dictionary.com, stereotypes are
1. A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.
2. One that is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type.
I might add that stereotypes are not all negative in nature. Positive stereotypes are possible though those stereotypes may actually be more harmful to the people being stereotyped.
This post will focus on racial stereotypes as these stereotypes are the most ingrained in malaysian society and are causing the most harm to the creation of a truly harmonious malaysian society. It is through disposing of these stereotypes that we, as a society, can look past skin color and realize what makes us different is the lives we choose to live and the beliefs we choose to accept.
I will write down some stereotypes that I have personally heard of and welcome other people to add to this list.
malay - lazy in everything, polygamous, always take care of 'own kind'.
chinese - good in math, not united politically, only interested in money.
indian - alcoholics, engages in courtship by singing in public parks, great dancers.
others - who cares?
maybe by thinking of these stereotypes, people will start to realized that stereotypes, like race, are social constructs. Nothing is intrinsic or inherited. Only when we think of
malaysians (as) alcoholics, good in math, engages in courtship by singing in public parks, polygamous, not united politically, only interested in money, lazy in everything, always take care of 'own kind', great dancers.
then can we consider ourselves as a truly mature society.
err...maybe not. but I think you see my point.
By the way, negative brownies points for people who can (or try to) guess my ethicity.
Let the challenge begin.
For example, all Malays are muslim.
In April 2001, a High Court judge rejected the application of a Malay woman who argued that she had converted to Christianity, and requested that the term "Islam" be removed from her identity card. The judge ruled that an ethnic Malay is defined by the federal Constitution as "a person who professes the religion of Islam." The judge also reaffirmed the 1999 High Court ruling and stated that only an Islamic court has jurisdiction to rule on the woman?s supposed renunciation of Islam and conversion to Christianity.
Think or Die!