As human beings, we have come a long way and we have overcome a lot of great difficulties. Be it war, disease, natural calamities, man-made disasters, you name it and we have crossed it. And our newly connected 21st century is really making a difference to close the gaps where the ignorance of racism exists. But we are clearly not there yet.
Although there are many in international community doing their best to spread the message of love and unity and more people from different cultures are connecting like never before at speeds that are changing our world, sometimes if feels like its falls on deaf ears – rape, bigotry, murders, sexual abuse, racism, homophobia, slavery, human trafficking, and war crimes are still with us everyday. And out of these horrible destructive endeavors, racism is something no one deserves to endure but here we are still dealing with its ignorance and ugliness.
So to shine a light and encourage discourse, I have compiled my list of the top 5 racist countries in the world. Read it and then comment below to let me know if you agree or have other nominees. Here goes:
A land of so much diversity is also the most racist country in the world. Indians are the most racist people in the world and even today, a child born in the Indian family is taught to worship anyone with white skin and look down upon anyone with dark skin. And thus was born the Indian racism against Africans and other dark skinned people. A fair skinned foreigner gets treated like a god and a dark skinned one is treated very badly.Among Indians themselves too there are conflicts between castes and people from different regions like the problem between Marathi Manoos and Biharis. And yet, Indians won’t accept this fact and boast about the culture and diversity and acceptance. It is high time we open our eyes to what the situation truly is and take the saying “Athithi Devo Bhava” (Guest is God) in a positive manner.
Pakistan is an Islamic majority country and even then, there are many conflicts that take place there between the two sects of Shia and Sunni. There have been crimes between the two sects for ages and nothing is being done about it. Apart from that, the long war with the neighbor India is something that is known to all the world. There have been incidences of racism between Indians and Pakistanis. Apart from that, other races like Africans and Latin Americans are also discriminated against.
In Russia, a lot of Xenophobia and ‘nationalist’ feelings still prevail. Even today, Russians are racist towards the people whom they feel are not ethnically and truly Russians. Apart from that, they are racist towards Africans, Far Asians, Caucasians, Chinese etc. It culminates with hate and later develops into gross crimes against humanity. The Russian government, along with UN have tried to do their best to stop such incidences of racism but they still continue to take place in not only the remote places but also big cities.
Israel has been in the midst of controversy since its’ inception in 1948. And it has been so because of the crimes committed against the people of Palestine and the Israeli Arabs. After the World War 2, a new state was carved out for Jewish European immigrants, The original inhabitants of the land were forced to become refugees in their own land. Thus began the ongoing conflict between the imported peoples of Israel and the local indigenous Palestinian peoples. Today, we clearly see the clash of what many believe is their Euro-superior tribe over the so-called ignorant uncultured local peoples. Israel continues to struggle with treating its’ non-Jewish citizens and occupied peoples as pariahs.
(5) United States of America
The land of the free and the land of the brave also happens to be the land of some of the most racist people in the world. Although the picture some see of USA is through a rose-tinted glass and it all seems flowers and butterflies, the actual case is quite different.
In the Deep South and Mid-West regions like Arizona, Missouri, Mississippi etc, racism is an everyday thing. Be it against Asians, Africans, South Americans or even the actual people of USA – the Native Americans. Cases of hate and hate due to color of skin are ever-increasing.
And with the rise of race baiting self-described superior genes smarter than everyone else Josef Mengele-esque superior race national politician Donald Trump and his millions of followers who openly belong to racist organizations ie… Klu Klux Klan, the covers have been lifted of he USA where racism is proudly displayed out in the open and broadcast across the international airwaves for all to see.
Honorable Mentions: Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Rwanda, South Africa, Australia, Japan, Germany
As it relates to the USA, I have many questions. I mean who are we really? And what is the USA?
I mean, If one votes Trump and does NOT condemn his mocking of disabled, insulting people of color, and his confession of engaging in sexual abuse of women, can we assume one is openly a racist bigot who believes sexual abuse is acceptable?
And if America votes Trump, can we officially call USA the word’s # 1 most openly racist bigoted country who does not respect women?
Such a list shines a bright light on all of us. It forces us to look in the mirror. Clearly, the USA has made bold important steps forward. We certainly do NOT support the racist institution of slavery. So that’s a big improvement. And the civil rights laws of the 1960s really gave us an injection of equality in our system that we so desperately needed. But now, with the rise of Trump? Are we regressing and on our way to being labeled the # 1 racist country in the world? What do you think?
About Johnny Punish: Former punk rock lead singer from 90s underground punk band Twisted Nixon (1996-2002), Punish is now pushing his artistic boundaries into the 21st century creating diverse music with a social justice activism that matters.
Friends label Punish a global social justice warrior, eco-activist, socially responsible businessman, and syndicated writer and broadcaster. He produces the irreverent political music podcast The Johnny Punish Show for VeteransTodayLive.com. In addition, Punish has penned over 300 articles on freedom, liberty, and justice around the world writing opt-eds for VeteransToday.com and other truth telling web sites.
Since 2000, Punish has delivered his global message from his self built eco-earthbag home studio dome on a dirt road with chickens. He lives relatively free in an unfree world pledging allegiance to the earth and all the human beings. To share the positive energy, Punish offers his 50 plus song very personal record trilogy The Strange Story of Johnny Punish, Volumes 1,2, and 3. (2000-2016). It is available now on on Itunes, Amazon.com, bandcamp.com and all digital platforms.