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November 29, 2005

Race

Warwick generally has this air of racial harmony with most races existing quite peacefully with another. There are no so- called ethnic issues that dominate either the student life, politics or campus talk here. Or at least at this point.

Dig a little deeper, and you do realise, that there do exist divisions within different races and nationalities. It is rare to find groups of people where members are of different races. Most informal groups within classes and outside it are based on ethnic or regional lines.

There is a lot said about it as well. Some feel that some races need to mix more with others. And that people need to be less insular. But it is very easy to make statements like this especially if these are not reflexive. The big question as always is on who makes the first move. And until someone does, different ethnic nationalities sit in their own glass houses and throw stones at each other.

Our own historical origins limit ourselves to the points to which we can go to meet the other person. While some people do not like a pub due to cultural or other reasons, it is central to the interactions that others have. Therefore,
where is halfway for these people? For them to meet and interact?

Recently stated was also the generalisation in a meeting that I attended about one particular race being the cause of all the ´filth´ in a kitchen. While it is convenient to say that this race was the cause of that filth, the same person in the meeting repeatedly mentioned ´I do not know who really causes all the mess´. Was it then fair to say that this race that could be easily identified and seperated was responsible?

The same race in different contexts (including in my own kitchen and other kitchens that I have seen) are actually quite clean making sure that they even clean up all the surfaces after use… And the race of the person who made the statement are the ones making a mess in many kitchens… Is it then fair to identify one race as being ´clean´ and another as being dirty? But its convenient.

Even Christians have their own groups with the most famous ´break-out´ being the Chinese Christian Society created as a result of the inadequacy of the earlier Christian groups to address their specific needs. It seems that even God has different races, even within the same faith of Christianity!


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