Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Response to Beyond fear, is understanding

On 30/11/11 at 8.01am

Hi James,

Indeed your article in the Fiji Times resonates the experiences of many others.

Perhaps some still face similar bullying here in NZ.

Good luck with your search of further knowledge.

With best wishes

Bhakta Naicker

Dear Bhakta,

Thank you for your email, and for reading the article.

Yes, I am sure many people of varied backgrounds experience the similar situation to mine - although these days, the perpetrators of racism and bullying are not limited to one social or ethnic group.

My point was our lack of awareness or understanding, leads to fear, which leads to discrimination. This happens when we allow perceptions based on stereotypes or prejudice to shape our understanding of others... those different from us, be it ethnically, culturally, socially, by gender or sexuality.

This is the core of the continuing ethnocentric mindset in Fiji. This must change if our nation is to move forward, truly.

Sorry for ranting and raving.

God bless you.

In Peace,
"Simplicity, Serenity, Spontaneity"

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