Here We Go Again-A A +A
Sunday, June 29, 2014
"THE more stupid one is, the closer is one to reality. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward." - Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
It was a funny thing really. About two weeks back, I read on Facebook about the outrage of Filipinos concerning a comment in a book. In that book, it said something like, I am a Filipino and I am a domestic helper. The anger was swift and Pinoys all over were mad and eager for a fight. I was just laughing. Then just recently a Hongkong bank ad showed a Chinese male actor portraying a bumbling maid named Maria. Again, the reaction was loud and mad. Racist we claimed. I just smiled because truth be known a lot of Filipinos are that, racist. We do not want to admit that but we are. An organization called World Value Survey even claimed that we are some of the most racist people in the world. Not surprising because a lot of us are.
We cry out when we are singled out but we do the singling out, too. Just read Twitter and you will find out. We call people who have dark skin as, itim, egoy, itum. If that is not racist I do not know what it is. If you are dark like the Aetas you become a target of ridicule and jokes and we claim not to be racist. My foot.
Ilocanos are branded as kuripot, Ilonggos as "windy." The Chinese are money obsessed and let us not even go to Indians. But we do not have to go to India. Still there are others from Luzon who think that just because they are from Luzon they are superior to those in Visayas and Mindanao. You know what I mean. When you attend functions that include people from all over the country somehow some Luzon people seem to think that they are the best and they have the monopoly of intelligence and wit. My other foot. I do not know where they get that illusion but they seem to believe in that delusion.
Oh yes, indeed, we are indeed a racist people so please let us stop the hypocrisy of our outrage whenever we are targeted. We cannot do anything about our domestic helpers in Hongkong, they are there and there they will stay. If we need to give our attention, let us be attentive and aware of why we have thousands of domestic helpers in Hongkong. Why are they there in the first place? This whole show of outrage is hypocrisy. If we do not want to be ridiculed, let us stop ridiculing others. If we do not want to be branded as domestic helpers (in the first place, what is wrong for being one?), then we should all stop looking down on others as if we are superior.
If we do not wish to be targets of racism, let us stop being racists. Simple.
On a trip to Singapore, I witnessed a really sorry sight. When we disembarked some Filipino passengers were suddenly segregated. I was wondering why. My family and I were certainly Filipinos but this certain group of Filipinos were singled out. While we breezed through Immigration, these Filipinos were asked to line up, asked to raise their hands and they were bodily searched rather thoroughly.
I looked at some of them and I really pitied them and were ashamed for them. They looked shamed and embarrassed. I was wondering why that happened. I guess I was merely in denial because I knew why. Some Filipinos are drug couriers, others bring in stuff. I really could not blame the Singaporeans for it because we would do the same thing if we changed places. But still it pained me.
Then, there was that other incident in another airport where we witnessed a group of Pinoys who made a spectacle to the dismay of other Filipinos. This certain group brought out their "baon" and started eating in the terminal. I guess I could accept that but what was annoying was the noise they were creating. They were loud, irritating and "walang pakialam".
Some people were staring at them because of the noise they were creating but they did not care, they simply went on with their ruckus. No wonder why we get targeted sometimes. Some Filipinos can be shameless. And crude.
Let us clean our acts first before we howl in the winds of bigotry.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 30, 2014.