Racism isn’t just some Chinese guy calling you apu neh neh

When Chinese Singaporeans (or anyone) tells you that racism is personal, not systemic and the answer is education, not changing the system.

You say…

I think the problem is that many people in Singapore think that racism is an attitude. And this is encouraged by the system. So they think that what people think is what makes them a racist. Racism is not an attitude.

If a Chinese man dislikes me, that’s his problem. If he’s got the power to deny me employment or any other opportunity, that’s my problem. Racism is not a question of attitude; it’s a question of power.

— (Adapted from) Stokely Carmichael

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