One of the comments I get from people, even Indians, is this one, “Why are you so angry? Why do you talk about this all the time?”
Now, I don’t just talk about it cos I’m pissed off about it. I talk about it, and out loud, because I WANT OTHER PEOPLE TO GET ANGRY. Indians and Malays in Singapore are used to being told to shut up, to not talk about our discrimination, to agree that our humanity is worth less than theirs, to agree that the systemic racism foisted on us is our fault because we didn’t work hard enough. After awhile, you become numb to it, some even internalize it and spout it back. You start to think that this is just the way it is, or worse that this is how it’s always been and always will be, and therefore has no chance for change.
That’s what they want you think. If you accept it, you’ll never fight it. If they can make you blind to it, you’ll never fight it. If you can tolerate it and go on, you’ll never fight it. And then they win.
And that’s one of the big things this blog aims to do. It is here to make you angry, to make you realize your oppression, and their privilege ,and to stop you from being so fucking tolerant of it.
Because then, finally we can change it together.
“The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.”
-Assata Shakur: An Autobiography