CLOSE
CLOSE AD

Addressing One's Internalized Racism

  • 02 Oct 2019
Addressing-One-s-Internalized-Racism

This story by Vimal Esvaran was originally featured on Malaysian Indian Anthology and has been reproduced in Astro Ulagam.

Growing up Indian in a small town in Perak called Kamunting, I was blessed with a quaint life – mild-mannered neighbours, easy access to nature, and laidback schooling years. But it also came with a downside: there weren’t many others who looked like me.

Early on I figured, the best way to survive would be to fit in rather than stand out. So, in school I picked up Malay quickly and only hung out with those who spoke it well to have better access to everything life in a small town had to offer (or so I thought).

As an adult, that behaviour continued as well, picking acquaintances in strategic places. In retrospect, I now see the follies of my way – consciously benefiting from skin tone and my knack for languages – while ignoring the struggles of my peers in the Indian community.

This internalized racism is something that I’m still unpacking and as I peel it off layer by layer I realise how destructively deep-rooted it is, affecting me from the way I look at my own body to the factors I look for in a partner. It appears to be a long process, but an important one I must undertake.


Photo source: Malaysian Indian Anthology, time.com



Suggested Articles

SK-Durai-From-a-Wild-Youth-to-Renowned-Yoga-Instructor Lifestyle
ARTICLE
  • 21 Jan 2020

SK Durai: From a 'Wild' Youth to Renowned Yoga Instructor

It would not be wrong to say that SK Durai is sort of a 'brand name' in the local yoga scene.

Break-That-Bad-Lifestyle-Habits-and-Start-Living-Healthy Community
ARTICLE
  • 12 Jan 2020

Break That 'Bad Lifestyle Habits' and Start Living Healthy

Put your willpower to the test with these 4 basic criteria or babits for a healthy lifestyles that everyone should diligently practice...