Oh, you Australian Monkeys!
So, why does it matter which monkey he was referring to. When i think about this, I get doubts as to what racism actually means.
A standard definition of racism:
The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
I am confused! So, if race is the main concern behind racism, why does calling an australian a monkey amount to racism? Race is often equated to colour and looks, as different races do look different from each other. So, if you say to a black person: “You blacks don’t deserve any better” or if you say to a white person “You whites have got no brains”, then this is racism, at least from my understanding of racism, because you are insulting a black based on his black colour and similarly for the whites.
So, if calling a australian a monkey is racism, does that mean australians have more in common with monkeys than rest of the human beings. So, referring to them as monkeys would be insulting them because of this unfortunate similarity (as seen below). So, it actually didn’t matter whether Harbhajan was referring to either of the monkeys above, just calling him a monkey was enough. Case closed.
Not exactly. I am still confused. In fact, most of the Indians are confused. Indians are used to complaining against racism whichever part of the world they go. Indians are stuck between the so called whites and the blacks. Being white is considered superior in Europe and other western countries and being black is superior in Africa and other parts of the world, but where does that put us? We don’t fit anywhere. In ayia napa here in Cyprus (supposedly the clubbing capital of the world), whites are welcomed for their cash and blacks are welcomed for their party-atmosphere creating capabilities, but we indians are considered good for computer-related jobs only. But,we have one advantage that the whites and blacks don’t have. We can be racially discriminated against in the lands of both the whites and the blacks!
In my opinion, Indians are the most racist in the world. We practice racism on a day-to-day basis, the most prominent being the north india-south india divide. okay, the east indians also complain, but that is more of a geographical racsim, so we shall leave them aside. North Indians are fair and south indians are dark, so ? Actually, the only people who can “practice” such racism in India are the Kashmiris! They are fair! Everyone else in india is dark compared to them. When i joined BITS Pilani, there were many girls from Kashmir in my batch. They would have been the perfect candidates for “Fair and lovely” not the pyts from bollywood.
I started off with Australian monkeys and went on a totally different track to kashmiri beauties. I am confused!