THE POLITICS AND PSYCHOLOGY OF RACE “ISM”
- November 2, 2017
- Posted by: Association of African Students in India
- Category: News
The world as we know is been established around the idea of “West and the others” this construct many has criticise but yet it remains the foundation of global polity and standard. India, strives towards same standard of westernisation and in several ways conforms all in a quest to level the playing ground for her citizenry yet not all is being carried along. A majority question their identity as there is a confusion about being Indian, I as a foreigner having met a lot of indigenes could relate with this very question that trends amidst people with less power and influence in the society.
The fact remains that impoverishing and secluding certain groups in the society based on the ideology that they are inferior and those depriving them of fair political representation tends to favour a few, the very seat where power lies.
Post-structuralism, decentralised forms of coercion and influences like culture, norms, and everyday practices which exposes the ideologies and psychology of the people in a particular place, For instance, the usage of the term India sounds geographical but is conceptually diverse as it is more related to history of particular people, and their social development. There is a distinction that arises with the identity and representatives perceptions of being Indian that is teleological as it’s been embedded into the psychology and livelihood of the people. The standard and the model ranking criteria that has been adopted by the state has huge impact on societal groupings and further propagate inequalities.
Cultural contestation implies heterogeneity which is a proves of the extent of differences which exists amongst us as humans, as when one travels through the North-Eastern region of the country there seem to be unrelatedness in language, food, and dresses, but harnessing the similarities and purpose could bring people who are indeed different together although a majority may have no choice but to agree in relativism.
With racism is inequality, as the society tends to distribute and judge people to belong to particular groups based on their origins, sometimes character trait which science say is genetics and biological, and With the encroachment of Capitalism in all sectors of today’s India the politics of race ensures minority remains thus by marginalisation which affects the mindset of not just the marginalised but also the one who is privileged. From a migrant point of view, and a blackman who is not regarded as a foreigner but is termed an African, bringing into the minds of people possible stereotypes, My argument remains that there’s an established bias that has for long be associated with the people who possess certain characteristics, and irrespective of which borders they fall in they are never far from being discriminated against, thus that one by looks or origin belongs to such a category becomes not just a burden but also a struggle. Dividing lines in India has more to do with looks, origins, caste, culture, and history. Classifications such as these according to Stuart Hall “is fundamentally a human culture that gives meaning” Understanding the logic that poses this division as a tool for the disposition of power is indeed a necessity in order to equate all and combat the prevailing discrimination and stereotypes, racism, and inequalities predominant in the society.
In the politics of race is the exclusion of particular people who may have been grouped into inferiors or portrayed with negative stereotypes and popular cultures that the society has been conditioned into perceiving. To this arises the fear of no guarantees in such social, and political climates as mutuality is devoid, for example when the state is yet to resolve issues about security of foreigners but would gladly invite them to cast votes in elections, the communities of Sidhi-Indians are still today portrayed as an “African community” and are treated with neglect, the people of North east almost not regarded as Indians. This, one could logically argue as a systematic play by some dynastic group of people to barricade integration and true development, for by exclusion people psychologically feel inferior and get limited, how then could there be equal representation? With reasons and choice a majority would take to fight and struggle their ways to growth in same standard as its all the education they’ve gotten, if mind and morality were in play as is always the case in mentally conditioned climates, where religious, cultural, and societal norm, although not favourable to the people yet they still choose to be mute, and to oppose such psychological distortions of the minds which keeps people under-growth and ensures inequalities requires bringing them into the knowledge of truth and this is achievable by a form of education centred on revival of identities and appreciation of individuality one which equality is not so far from. In the psychology of race, if not instinctive that is based on territorial superiority and influence, just like the animalistic nature of man which most scientists have argued, then the only explanation to the continuous realities surrounding men would be psychological, as there seem to be ideologies centred on differences and thus making them a deciding factor in power disposition. These could be said of today’s world where some few and those they share similar ideas and certain characteristics with retain power, whereas the rest struggle for it. The asaid developed, developing, and under-developed nations of the world, all falls under this same standard and people who are of this nations depending on the grouping face certain similar or different treatments which may be positive or negative but is as a fact discriminatory. For to achieve fairness require a revisitation to the drawing boards, originality which will catapult the indigenous to internationalisation. Moreso, as we all moves closer into making the world a “global village” its very important that indigenous identities get equal and equating representation and acceptance. As a blackman in today’s India, having met various prejudices in the society, seen where my friends who are caucasians, or of Asian origin but look more fairer face positive racism on a regular bases outside their families, and discrimination within their homes, a case in the various institutions where individual experiences differs not based on the views of the state, as dark is evil except when capitalism is in play just like the case with Immigration offices, police stations, deportation camps, schools, I wouldn’t want to be referred to as “baba” or “babu” but would love to be addressed as “bhai” as a tax payer who also sponsors the economic growth of any principality where i find myself, it would be fair that i feel mutuality and respect as do my fellow counterparts.
As written by:
Ezeugo Nnamdi Lawrence
(National University Co-ordinator, AASI)