Social Issues | Thought Leadership

Yes, systemic racism exists. In Malaysia too

Sanidhya Mathur
April 30, 2021

It seems the world has come to a crossroads. An incident of injustice, of police brutality, claiming the life of George Floyd, catalyzed a world of protests by people of color, members of marginalized communities, and allies. The United States has always been on center stage. It almost became a normal occurrence to witness racial profiling and unlawful use of power. This time, however, the dust hasn’t settled. The protests haven’t stopped.

The #blacklivesmatter movement is as strong as ever 

There is a keen sense of solidarity within the chaos that is portrayed on the news. People are upset and rightfully so. The entire world has put the United States on the stand and is demanding answers and immediate change. The disparities in the various societal and political institutions (wealth, education, employment, criminal justice, ect.) within countries across the globe are a result of our history of colonialism. Such inequalities have been built into our infrastructures by virtue of our past. Stereotypes and racist sentiments have been propagated throughout cultures, communities, and countries. It is no longer enough to not be a racist and to not judge another person’s character from the color of their skin. To combat such systemic segregation, we have to do better. We must hold each other accountable. That means having those uncomfortable conversations, it means stepping up for a community of people you may not know and it means taking the time to learn what is right and unlearn what is wrong.

Although it is inspiring to see the entire world come together to champion such a cause, it is disheartening to know that it must take so much effort for change to be made. Such is a testament to how deeply rooted these issues are within society. The fight can not be stopped. These communities deserve for their voices to be heard. It is inhumane for the African American communities and the greater community of black individuals globally to have to fear for their lives in the hands of a system that is placed to protect them. While the #blacklivesmatter movement is what deserves the utmost attention and power right now, we believe it is equally important to continue this energy and to protest injustice within our own communities. From the criminalization and marginalization of Malaysian Indians and the Orang Asli to the dehumanization of refugees and migrant workers. Malaysia’s own share of problems has seemed to go unnoticed. We must learn from our brothers and sisters in the United States and empower, humanize, and empathize with these communities. We have a common responsibility to ensure such demeaning sentiments are no longer ignored. Our voices will be heard and our communities will heal. Silence in times of injustice only serves as an active contribution to systemic oppression and racism. We have to start now.

Speak up, or you will be spoken about

Here is a link that includes many valuable outlets to express your sentiments and show your support to the BlackLivesMatter Movement, resources to further educate yourself, and links to petitions that should be signed.

Sanidhya Mathur

Sanidhya Mathur is a content writer at Me.reka with a passion for producing content that reflects and communicates diverse experiences through a shared vision of social innovation.