DO YOU KNOW WHY THE WESTERN WORLD VIEW THINGS AS OTHER RELIGIOUS AND OTHER RACES AS COMPLETELY BARBARIC AND TOO FOREIGN AND EVIL? I’LL BLOODY TELL YOU. ITS ‘OTHERNESS’, A MODERN-WESTERN-BOURGEOIS TERM USED TO LABEL AS ANYTHING ‘OTHER’ TO THE EUROPEAN CHRISTIAN WHITE MALE.
Think about it, what is considered different to western civilization as Edward Said, author of Orientalism, stated, was that every aspect of life, such as the location of people, their belief system, or the colour of their skin that was different to the white man was considered ‘OTHER’. Some classify it was viewing a culture are exotic or treating it like an object. The way I see, it is the white man not empathizing with this ‘OTHER’ culture.
And this issue is still occurring in contemporary times. We hear reports that the white male cop felt threatened by the young black kid. We see on the news that ‘Muslim countries’ pose as a threat. But what happens when a white kid is shot down without justice, he would be regarded as a martyr and that his death was wrong. What if within christian countries there was war and terror but it would be okay because they are fighting for God.
We blame women for being raped by white guys, saying its her fault for ruining their lives, but if a black man, a latino, an asian an ANYTHING ETHNIC MAN raped her, then HE would be at fault.
It’s the western mentality to lack empathy and understanding about any other culture different to themselves. And its horrible because its that mentality does not allow clear thinking and right decision making. Can this be changed? OF COURSE. If we as humans regard other humans as what they are, HUMANS, and view them as equals despite a different heritage, sexuality, religion, etc, then none of this shit we hear on the news about ‘hate crime’ and ‘racism’ and the ‘islamic terrorism’ we so easily generalize would exist.
people. learn to empathetic. learn to understand. if we can be the generation who has eyes that only view everyone as equal to themselves, then the world can be better.