3 December, 2021

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USA Is Less Racist And Bigoted Than Sri Lanka

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

As those of you who do me the honour of keeping in touch with my columns know I have been a critic of American capitalism and imperialism, but on one point I have been firm. America (and some other liberal democratic countries) are less racist, bigoted, and culturally primitive on these matters, than Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Japan and Islamic majority states. (I use the word racist for racial, ethnic or religious differences).

This thought came back to mind again today (7/11). The US had, and re-elected for a second term a black president (though hated by intellectually challenged pro-Trump people) and now elected a person of colour of Indian Tamil origin as vice-president. It has now also elected its second ever Catholic president; Kennedy was the first. Can you imagine the day when a Muslim non-Buddhist will be president of Sri Lanka or a Tamil not a Sinhalese prime minister? If you can imagine the day your imagination is more fertile than mine – good for you.

Nor can I foresee the day when something like Black-Lives-Matter which mobilised tens of thousands of whites, unfolds in the majority community in Sri Lanka against carnage such as the 1983 massacre or violence against Muslims. MIRJE (Movement for Inter-Racial Justice and Equality) was led by Father Paul Caspersz a Burger Catholic and his principal lieutenants were a Tamil Catholic and a raceless Marxist. The radical monk of recent times, Sobitha Thero with whom I have worked did not actively intervene against anti-minority pogroms – apologies to the late Thero if I am wrong.

On an allied matter, once again I renew my call for a National Cabinet to defeat covid. Biden has risen above partisanship and gone all out in a quest for national unity. He is facing a far worse covid and other challenges. By National Cabinet I do not mean “national government” but something like Churchill’s War Cabinet to meet an existential challenge after which parties resume their identities. There have been, and probably there will be no takers for my suggestion. Gota, Mahinda, Sajith and Sampanthan are too small minded to see the point.

I sent a shorter version of this as an email to some people with the note “The purpose of this email is to motivate you to never condone racism in Sri Lanka and not give up the fight to defeat it. There are things on which we Marxists can form alliance with liberals”. I had three responses reproduced below. (My comments are in parenthesis in italics).

Comment 1

“We have always recognised that advanced capitalism or industrially well-developed capitalist societies are the most progressive socially speaking; you comment is wobbly around this point.”

Comment 2

“I agree fully with your observation about the US that it is far less racist, bigoted and culturally primitive than most South Asian, Japanese and Islamic states. I cannot imagine a non-Sinhala/Buddhist becoming president or prime minister in Sri Lanka in my life time. (The writer is a Sinhalese and a nominal Buddhist). We are far too feudal and tribal yet. Sad and tragic. I consider myself neither a Marxist nor Liberal. I prefer to call myself a humanist. I confirm that I will continue to do whatever I can to fight racism in Sri Lanka until I die”.

Comment 3

“Can you imagine a Muslim or a Buddhist ever becoming president in the USA? (Yes, I can; if a black, a Catholic or an Indian can, I think a Buddhist certainly can. Even a liberal minded Muslim may one day). This county (US) is so steeped (sic!) in religious bigotry. You have little understanding. Granted Americans are much more liberal; mainly because they are a nation of immigrants. Sri Lanka, India etc have a mainly indigenous population. On another issue: See what’s happening in France. By allowing huge Muslim immigrant population they are now taken over by them. There is no ‘French’ identity now. Police fear going into Muslim areas. I’m not criticizing any group but Europe is being taken over by the Muslims and being radicalized”.

(India is a mixed bag; its most famous Prime Minister was an avowed atheist and a Sikh has been Prime Minister. Two Tamils, several Muslims and Sikhs and a Malayali Dalit have been Presidents.   

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    It isn’t sensible, for us as a Nation, to dig too much into the past. In much smaller units, it may be that we could quietly take pride in the achievements of some of our ancestors, but making claims that we are descended from persons who left North India more than 2,500 years ago is puerile. Also, this passing on to our progeny that they have to conform to certain hitherto accepted bloodlines should not happen. It may seem to come naturally to us, but we’ve been given brains to THINK!
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    When we were kid, we obviously had no Internet to get quick information. With the election results coming in, I looked at Wikipedia entries for many States in “America”. They all started off telling me which tribes dominated each area. Admire their honesty, but also, let’s be shocked at how cruelly the Natives were treated, after the founding of the United States.
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    We cannot undo all that. Let us resolve to ensure social justice for all citizens, starting from where we all are now.
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      #I can’t breathe!

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        Go to Bangladesh.

        Soma

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      Unfortunately this they called srilanka s tradition…
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      Also at the time Sorbone educated chief priest of Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya made the statement publicly that Nagaya carried Fake relic no any media stood against them, yesterday the owner of that abusive TV channel made every effort to defend his highly controversial import of Anti Covid medicine. The kind of criminal acts would have no excuse in Europe but in god punished srilanka 😎🤔😎🤔😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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    It is not all that rosy in the US for immigrants and people of color, especially under the Trump regime:

    “(Reuters) – The number of victims in anti-Latino or Hispanic hate crimes rose over 21% in 2018, the FBI reported on Tuesday, and attacks overall are increasingly targeting people instead of property.

    The data coincides with an ongoing debate over U.S. President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies and follows the August mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, when the suspected gunman told police he was targeting Mexicans.

    “We’re seeing the swapping of one derided group in the social-political arena for another,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “Attacks against Muslims peaked around 2016 when terrorism was the concern. Now immigration is the No. 1 issue and Latinos are being targeted.”

    There were 671 victims in anti-Latino or Hispanic incidents in 2018, compared with 552 the year before, the FBI said in its annual Hate Crime Statistics report.”

    African Americans also have to be afraid of being stopped often when driving, and the endless police shootings which sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

    When you have a leader constantly spewing racist comments, some take it as a signal to show their racist tendencies. The tone is always set at the top.

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    It took USA more than 222 years since Independence to produce an African American (15% of the US population) president. SL has plenty of time!

    India had Dalit and Tamil presidents but the president is only ceremonial in India. The PM calls all the shots. No Dalit or Tamil has ever become PM.

    Agree about SL. But there are 2 sides to a coin. When did a Muslim become the leader of TNA? When did a Buddhist or a Hindu become the leader of SLMC? If there is no inclusion within parties, how can there be in SL!

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      Gatam,

      You may be blind. Even if the first female PM was produced by SRILANKA, but the women are yet mistreated in SRILANKA than any where else. Currently it has turned out to be more … because macho men … being supporters of RAJAPAKSHE rascals would not care much about the rights of anyone but RAJAPKASHE SO CALLED THAKKDI RIGHTS.
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      Just imagine, not few days ago, a LADY doctor was physically attacked by her head (male doctor/specialist) not because of anything else, but the bugger is known to be a born disgusting person. If this would have been heard in EUROPE, such heads would have been intedicted,, but as a doctor, … in srilanka… it is a like a god… if he or she would be a specialist… even more respect she or he would be given…. there are no open discussions about the topics in sl society yet today.

      They get qualified thanks to TAX PAYERs funds, unlike in European countries, but they behave after being graduated… how come.. it i sbecause lack of infomration being flown to the PUBLIC… people shold fight for their rights more.. and be aware that ANYONE in govt sector abuse the TAX payers funds should be charged irrepsective of the status…

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    In 2004 JVP and JHU had a deal with CBK to appoint Kadirgamar as PM. But after the election Mahinda wanted it for himself threatening to join UNP with some MPs. A year later he was killed by Tamil terrorists. If he survived he would have become SL’s first Tamil PM – India didn’t have any Tamil PM.

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      Dear GATAM,
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      PART A

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      In America, the Number One leader is the President. That their entire system of selecting leaders and governments is crazy is what has been proved by the 2020 elections which were followed by many of us. The last ballots have not yet been counted, but the result is clear – in all States except in North Carolina, which may go either way.
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      https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-elections/north-carolina-president-results
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      And the last result to come there is usually Orange County, where my youngest sister lives, in the city of Chapel Hill. It votes Democratic – very heavily. But, overall, the State is usually Republican, by a thin margin.
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      Trump is forecast to get Alaska, and Biden will get Georgia; as for the rest, everybody except Donald Trump knows how all other States will go because there are decisive leads in them, for one of the candidates.

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      PART B
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      How are the definitive results arrived at:
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      https://www.ap.org/en-us/topics/politics/elections/how-we-call-races
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      That, too, sounds crazy to me. It may be because I’m a poor man who has never been out of Asia; mind, I’d have liked to globe-trot, but now it’s too late. I’m old.
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      Who will control the Senate?
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      https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/we-are-stunned-two-georgia-races-will-decide-which-party-n1246962
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      It may be that the Senate Elections are the most unfair of all – and anomalies there are what skew the results so much that candidates who don’t win the popular vote have ended up becoming President. This time the result is sufficiently clear-cut for Trump to lose. After all he’s 4 million votes behind.
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      In Sri Lanka, when a Sinhalese-dominated party (which calls itself National or Sri Lankan) rouses racist feelings, it wins. And then,the Sinhalese look at the names only of the smaller parties, and declare them racist. Just having “Tamil” or “Muslim” in the name doesn’t make them worse racists than the two larger groupings. The whole lot are racist.

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      PART C
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      I don’t know much about Marxism, ask Professor Kumar David! The fact is that their philosophy (impossible for a dumb guy like me to understand) doesn’t allow them to be racist. There are plenty of their guys who had honest platforms when they were young, but just didn’t get our votes. Whose fault: ours also.
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      Then, when they are old and grey, some of them may align themselves with one of the two “National Parties”. That is obviously disappointing, but why on earth can’t our voters start voting intelligently for young candidates – and for women?
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      Even if Kadirgamar became Prime Minister (and I wish he had), it wouldn’t have been a big deal, because the real power was with the President. Yes, we racist Sinhalese stopped even that!

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        “Even if Kadirgamar became Prime Minister (and I wish he had), it wouldn’t have been a big deal, because the real power was with the President. Yes, we racist Sinhalese stopped even that!”

        Let me correct you – you and I cant definitely belong to that ” racist sinhalayas”.
        But EE, Colombo Royalist/Ms SCP, Soma, that asylum seeker in

        Dear SM,
        you may be one of honest srilankens I know among on the web. You dont have any fears to add your heart out…. Our people would not tolerate is becoming clear to almost everyone. It is even clearer, if you would look at their behaviours while being out of the country.

        I knew some EU nationals that were closely associated with late Mr Kadirgarmar. They only praised praising him. The manner he sent the message across the world at the time, buddhist statues were destoryed d by those rebells in Afaganistan. That even moved WHO. I think CBK had a very good choice for her external affairs, having made his appointment then as FM. .. The current man in stead, is not at all that smart..He is a like a square peg in a round hole for that portfolio. Dinseh G can only do some servile roles to Rajapakshes. That could work within the country, but his voice would not welcome on international podium.

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      Never had a Tamil PM but had a Tamil President who was much loved by the entire country. The Late DR. Abdul Kalam, India’s first governor general was a Tamil Rajagopal Chari. Many important ministers in India were Tamils . The current ministers for Finance and Foreign Affairs in India are both Tamils. Nirmala Sitharaman and Jaishankar. stop posting rubbish you anti Tamil south Indian immigrant fake Arab Colombo Muslim. Tamil by ethnicity but in the name of Islam and a fake Arab heritage hate Tamils.

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    Prof. Kumar David: As those of you who do me the honour of keeping in touch with my columns know ………I have been a critic of American capitalism,,
    ————————–
    are you posting this from Hong Kong enjoying and cherishing the Capitalistic luxury of HK. what is the difference between Communist Gin&Tonic and Capitalist Gin&Tonic.
    Docent it taste the same in NY or Washington or Beijing or HK or Colombo or Nuwara-Eliya?

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    The attitude of Demala people (aka Tamils) in Sri Lanka can be explained by this Sinhala saying:
    ‘Gangen watura beela muhudata aawadanawa’
    (Drink water from the river and thank/praise the sea)
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    The experience of Sinhalayo can be explained by this Sinhala saying:
    ‘Kopamana guna kalath dudano nowethi yahapath’
    (No matter how much good things you do, wicked people do not change)

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      Eagle Eye: (Drink water from the river and thank/praise the sea)
      =========================
      There is a logic in it.
      Sea water evaporates and the come down as rain salt free!
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      so I am not sure in what context you want to use that quote!
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        Rajash,
        Don’t you know that sea gets water from rivers.

        “Sea water evaporates and the come down as rain salt free!”

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    Joe Biden is going to change the immigration policy of Trump.
    Now Kamala Harris who could be having a soft corner in her heart for her people is there the best thing for Tamils in Sri Lanka is to move to USA which is less racist and bigoted than Sri Lanka and live there happily ever after without grumbling about harassment/discrimination from racist Sinhala supremacists who gave citizenship to the descendants of Dravida laborers brought by colonial rulers and abandoned in Sinhale making them Stateless.

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      If only EE had some math skills! Tamil diaspora is 1.2 million. If they stayed in SL that will be additional 800,000 votes against your Gota. He could never have won. Mahinda would have lost in 2005 with a massive margin to Ranil. No Gota anyway thereafter.

      So do not stop Biden.

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        Dear GATAM,
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        The problem is not that EE doesn’t know Maths.
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        He is plain, simple, dishonest. It can be demonstrated – perhaps I will. I’ll put it at the very bottom, if I do.
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        Some people (not you!) are so dumb that they will never get it.
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        Just don’t waste time on the fellow.

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    This clown is great at trying to compare apples to oranges.I guess this is what happens when one is retired.

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      U idiots would nt see it right. Prof KD is our Guru on CT, I am so grateful to him for his fearless articulations. 😀🤔😀🤔😎😀😁😀

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        yeah that is typical of you Idiots.

        listen to a moron who has lived in Honk Kong about his opinions of the US.

        By the way I have a Nigerian prince who has been left 30 million dollars to convert it to US $ and for a small fee I can help you improve your knowledge about Switzerland.

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    [edited out] Look at your statement “Can you imagine the day when a Muslim non-Buddhist will be president of Sri Lanka or a Tamil not a Sinhalese prime minister?” I you have an iota of intelligence, you should know as long as Tamils and Muslims act alone without assimilating with the majority of Sinhalese, the minorities have no right to claim a leadership role. If minorities claim poverty, lack of basic facilities are Sinhalese social construct, minorities will never succeed. You need to understand rich and powerful have no ethnic identity. Forgetting about ethnic identity poor and powerless people should get together. Then only a leadership will emerge from that group. Murali became leader in bowling without ethnic identity. All oved him, Angelo Matthew became a leader similar manner Lakshman Kadirgamar became a leader among all based on merit. He would have been a Prime Minster or President unless LTTE killed him. [edited out]

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      Yes. Did you forget about Tamil opposition leaders? One was killed by Tamils like the Tamil foreign minister who was also killed by Tamils.

      Muslims are the only people in SL not guilty of assassinating politicians. No SL PM or president has ever won without substantial Muslim support. Kabeer Hasheem can become PM.

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        Yes all these so called killings were done by senior Sinhalese politicians and the blame conveniently laid on the LTTE. Every one knows this. We all know who was behind the killing of traitor Kathirgammar. Muslims are the only people in SL not guilty as assassinating politicians, may be but guilty of everything else. Bombing Christian churches and killing worshippers, destroying Hindu temples in the east and converting them to mosques, down south vandalizing Buddha statues , looting and burning Tamil homes and businesses down south and in the east raping , killing and ethnically cleansing the indigenous Tamil population. Now trying to whitewash your immigrant largely low caste converted fake Arab , Dravidian population from South India and make them look like saints. A bunch of opportunistic back stabbers who deny their own language and heritage for political and economic gains and claim another heritage now , thinking it will be advantageous to them.

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    [edited out] I don’t know under what authority that he makes such a statement. I’ve lived in New York for the last 14 years. Americans are the most racist people on earth. Educated white Americans know how to keep it hidden. But blacks and Latinos dont. Where I live in east Harlem, I have routinely deal with issues because I pass as Arab or Indian. Both groups are despised for their greed, backwardness and poor hygiene. Muslims mostly from Yemen and Egypt are known as rag heads or muds and Indians as ” sand niggers or cow worshippers.

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    K. David. Please dont write crap.. America since its independence from the British was controlled by WASPS, or. white Anglo saxon protestants. People whose ancestors came from England, Scotland, Wales and northern Ireland know viz Scot- Irish or Ulster Irish. They taken apart by the Jews and Catholics in 1960 who coalesced to help the catholic Kennedy. From their on it was an relentless attack on the WASPS. OBAMA ONLY saw his Kenyan father once in his life. He was raised by his WASP mother and grandfather – Dunham’s . He was mere frontman for the Jews. So it Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. USA is Jewish colony.

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      westham,
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      Absolute rubbish!

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      Poor pathetic man! Let me provide you with more ammunition, since you seem to be running out.
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      Kamala’s husband, Douglas Emhoff, is Jewish.
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      Every Jew is not evil.
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      I’ve never been outside Asia myself, but I do know about the one-time domination by WASPS. i know the tragedy of the Native americans. And I know that guys like you are “economic migrants”.
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      BTW, what say you to the fact that although Kamala may have been more attached to her mother, she’s actually visited her father’s relatives in Jamaica. And that father still lives – in the US, and has been a most distinguished man?
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_J._Harris
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      How low do fellows like you stoop?

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      This is your subjective thoughts. But truths lie aside.

      As no other country on the earth, US has proved it sofar, that there are no barriers if you are talented to achieve your goals. Europeans moved out of europe for America have succeeded their goals and dreams. This means not that the racism is no longer there, but as I see it today, it is much lower than we experience in srilanka. Alone the manner srilanken buddhist monks are placed above in the society, attack minorities publicly… but nothing seems to work against… Puiblic perception has been made in favour of sinhala fundementalists: They obviously care much less about truths. Alone that DR SAFI saga alleged to have worked on infertality of the female patients… which was a FAIRY tale to mislead the nation and harvest the votes. But media did not act adequately, so that the public would be able to differentiate the truths from the blatant lies. BMJ made it clear, no a surgeon or panelist would be able to stay pressing the falopian tubes of the patients while such surgeries are perfromed. Why not srilanken doctors come forward to clear the doubts of the masses ?????.. May be Rajakashe mafia would kill them or let dissapear.. if any govt doctors would fearlessly add their thoughts revealing the truths..

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    Prof Kum! You are a teacher in Engineering and as such you know the importance of using numbers to compare. What is your yardstick in assessing the extent of racism practiced by the people in each land? I know of no International Standard in this regard although there are papers published in Perceived Racism Scale. Sri Lanka elected the first woman Prime Minister and so did they elect her daughter twice as President. Does that alone qualify Sri Lanka to be described as a country as less gender primitive? Those who champion for women’s rights in Sri Lanka would answer the question with one big NO. Just because of certain electoral performances in US would it be correct to take the same view when considering the harassment of ordinary black citizens of US, especially police brutalities?, I am told that in a particular University in Sri Lanka, there was only one Tamil from the Eastern Province amongst a group of Sinhalese students in that batch of students who did not know any other language other than his mother tongue. The others helped him using even sign language. Will Prof Kum ever say Sri Lanka is less racially primitive?

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    “We have always recognised that advanced capitalism or industrially well-developed capitalist societies are the most progressive socially speaking; you comment is wobbly around this point.”
    This comment (No.1) points to the crux of the matter: industrialized, advanced capitalist countries are socially more progressive, despite class and racial frictions due to economic disparities. The dislocations caused by neoliberal globalism have further aggravated these tensions as we can currently witness in these societies. Yet there also prevails a countervailing force: a sense of an overarching national identity transcending narrow affiliations to ethnicity and religion. This is possible because of pluralist values and the acceptance of diversity whether based on ethnicity, religion, gender or sexuality. Though heavily industrialized, totalitarian states like Russia and China are not progressive in this regard. There is discrimination against Muslims and the LGBTQ community. So what matters is a sense of a single, shared civic identity based on participation in the democratic process. This is what we lack in Sri Lanka too – despite 90 years of electoral politics. A member of a minority community becoming the President or PM is unthinkable until we develop a civic culture leading to an overarching Sri Lankan identity. Right now we don’t have Sri Lankans in this country: we only have people who are exclusively Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Malays or Burghers. We have a long way to go.

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    There is no hope for Tamils and Muslims to even dream in a bigoted Sri Lanka, under a unitary, united, indivisible, chauvinistic , majoritarian Sinhala, Buddhist regimes. 70 years of history of failed Nation building says so.
    I could only foresee two independent nations for the good of the island, for the people to develop and prosper in globalisation and for regional security.
    Racism and bigotry will disappear under the concept of Nation building MPH – metriocracy ( the best for the task), pragmatic ( needs vs wants ) and honesty ( no corruption ).
    If Sri Lanka does not “rethink” it will become a China colony, to replace Hong Kong.

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    article incomplete ! only 40% is done —-rest completed by commenters…YES
    Post election US – again which news source you listens to – AOC and her goons of allies to Far leftist are calling to blacklist all of Trump supporters and banning them from ever getting a job in recognised Institute—-
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diJVQ93dJhQ
    what do you call that – Problem is CT nor its readers to the Dumb @-$ -$ ideal Sri lankan citizens have no idea how dangerous and radical has the US democratic party has become ….what democrats has done to US ..they are gradually destroying it . Far leftists wants to silence 70 million Trump voters . What do you call that – It’s called totalitarianism

    as for this rotting country Sinhalese wants to Silence the voices of all the Catholics+Christians+Muslims+Tamils[all minorities]
    Buddhist sinhalese are and forever will be the greatest Superior Master race that will rule SL.

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    My dear Prof u are spot on.

    For sure, srilanka is more racist than even today s Germany.
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    Alone that Dr Safi saga, could nt have been an issue, if majority would have been other way around. There was no basis of such accusations but even medical professionals stayed mum regarding wandapethi and pants distribution etc. Moreover even they were dead silent at the time Madhu madhawa led racist groups evidently destroyed the livelihoods of number of innocent muslim srilanken s. 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
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    For some unknown reasons whole lot of educated knowledgeable people stay silent in srilanka even if they could well be proactive in changing the public perception.🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
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    Unfortunate this they called srilanka tradition.
    😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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      Unfortunately this they called srilanka s tradition…
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      Also at the time Sorbone educated chief priest of Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya made the statement publicly that Nagaya carried Fake relic no any media stood against them, yesterday the owner of that abusive TV channel made every effort to defend his highly controversial import of Anti Covid medicine. The kind of criminal acts would have no excuse in Europe but in god punished srilanka 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
      .

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    Unfortunately this they called srilanka s tradition…
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    Also at the time Sorbone educated chief priest of Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya made the statement publicly that Nagaya carried Fake relic no any media stood against them, yesterday the owner of that abusive TV channel made every effort to defend his highly controversial import of Anti Covid medicine. The kind of criminal acts would have no excuse in Europe but in god punished srilanka 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔😎😎😎
    .

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    Not only srilanka more racial, but also a land of people filled with total ignorance.

    A mother of a teenger-daught, whose life costed by having used – thakkadiya/kattadiya medicine, revealed the truth to Ranjan Ramanayaka yestreday. The all the bits you will watch under the following link.
    :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlLOyj5O90c

    What have the srilanken been doing today calling a pattapal horek (Mahinda Rajapakshe) as Rajakeeya man, let thakkadiyas and kattadiyas to earn unncessary publicity and cheat the innocient people. This mother #s torments are akin to that of Wasim Thajudeen s mother… but LOCAL media would not allow the kind of incidents be outreached to the masses.

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    Racism in the US is both systemic and personal
    Here are just a few serious comments on US racism by target.
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    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/09/asian-american-racism-covid/
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    https://news.gallup.com/poll/157082/islamophobia-understanding-anti-muslim-sentiment-west.aspx
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    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/08/el-paso-shooting-latinx-targeted-violence-essay/
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    https://guides.usfca.edu/statistics-and-data/anti-black-racism
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    Check on how easy is has been in the US to whip up sentiments about certain races, nations and religions.
    It is something that is a little more complex than the kind of crude communalism we see in South Asia.

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    There is an interesting article by a White academic on the topic “Why do Whites hate talking about racism?” where there is a deep analysis of the inherent racism in Caucasians that is almost entirely concealed under a politically correct outward demeanour. No such courtesies are shown by our racist hordes who will lynch someone if they’re adequately fired up. The civility and accommodation of nominal personalities in high positions in the West are both reflections on portraying equality and based on how racist the person will turn out to be. Obama has bombed by drones, more Muslims in several countries than his middle name Hussein would allow; so too sister Kamala can be a tornado if war breaks out in Asia. You can mark my words here, Kumar.

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    why were we born at all, we are no bloody use to anyone at all no damn use at all should be the new namo namo matha for this sad sorry cursed shithole of an island.
    b.
    lanka especially most of the illiterate even literate uncouth Yakko Sinhalese can easily be grouped into this mangy flea-ridden lot.?
    c,
    Ajj most of these undesirables know is to cause many a civil unrest by indulging in vain criminal acts of burning looting killing raping sodomizing etc.
    c.
    The USA and most nations of the world have their issues but Lanka has theirs which is aided and abetted by the various governments that ride into power.

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      rj1952
      The frequency you use the words ‘shit’, ‘shithole’, ‘shity Lanka’ and many other ‘shit’ derivatives suggest that you love the smell.
      Your earlier generation carried shit buckets in town councils when flushing toilets were not common and this love for ‘shit’ is seems to be running in your families.

      Soma

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        Soma Yes my forefathers were high class scavengers who were wheeling the carts around Tamil Eelam you you mangy flea ridden petty racist Yakko maggot

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          rj1952
          At the time the only ambition of your forefathers was to crossover to Lanka where there was demand for **** bucket carriers. They preferred to carry rice esters’ **** over to dosai esters’ ****.

          Soma

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        Soma,
        This guy not only love ‘shit’, he is obsessed with Raja-puka. Bad habits do not go away easily.

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        rj1952 is a specialist in Proctology hence his constant interest in such matters.

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    Dear David

    Thank you.

    Started off your discussion well by bench marking US and comparing Asians mentality and was hoping it was going to compare all the human projudices in the developing countries etc.

    It was an interesting comparison to make specially the battles are fought on racial grounds too in the USA (not necessarily by the candidates) but by the voting public think based on the political narratives that get given to them during campaign by the candidates appealing various blocks/divisions…Fox News/Republican support base vs the rest comes to mind. Even in the 1997 election our PM to be in the UK Hon Blair has to go and meet Mr Murdock in his private island for a headline on the “Sun” for the Labour Party victory.

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    The writer measures racism by whether Sri Lanka has had a Tamil or Muslim as head of state.
    When was a Tamil or Muslim chased down the street and beaten up just because of his race? (I am not talking of times of trouble or riots but of everyday occurrences.)
    When was he spat at and stoned by kids young enough to be his own children? When has he been
    vilified and humiliated in crowded trains? When has his children’s friends refused to enter his home in case their friends see them entering a Tamil man’s house?
    These are just a few of the experiences of the coloured man in the West. In his ignorance Kumar David is writing utter crap.

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    However then you have swiftly moved into Tamil/Sinhala/Muslim narrative??….not sure how that going to justify your logic/premise for the discussions and concludions I followed and found it basically stopped at that for all the projudices that has stifled our devleopments per se in Sri Lanka??

    Therefore I can only respond to this premise that is Sri Lankan and what led to the issues we have at home…..It may be true in its own merit that Race/Language/Religions played a major part that was to do with the way the administration was conducted during colonial times (even before that during our own historical Kings blunders) and left the so called “leaders” who never had real dialogue/nor were they elected in a democratically understood basis? continued the same under the full blown democracy too….I am a believer we the people are responsible for our own destiny and have made blunders because we are very prejudiced people in our own merits as human beings??

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    It is hard to compare and draw the rightful conclusions as your analysis is not deep enough/not all the post colonial blunders by ourselves are not factored in to make the conclusions you have drawn……++++ you have left the Red Indian Natives and Slaved Blacks out of the equation altogether for such comparison too??

    What could be drawn is the other way around that even with all these injustices and geo political management and power play the Americans could not be squeaky clean in human rights to their own fellow citizens even in their own land then what are the chances for others in the world getting it right who are more desperate than the well to do (not the poor) Americans who subscribe to such racism/prejudice??

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    Professor
    There is no other country in the world where the only pastime of minorities is conspirng against the majority. And so openly vilify the majority.

    Soma

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      …and vice versa.

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    How the Zionist banking mafia grew its tentacles into America is described in
    Coronavirus : The plot against humanity

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=niroshan+perera&crid=1FO5FYNTDAIIP&sprefix=niros%2Caps%2C342&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-a-p_1_5

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    It is unfortunate that we have not recognized yet the real racist among us. Former LTTE proxies are in full gear these days to tell us that “real” Sri Lankans are bigots. What an unfortunate situation. It is not a sin to defend the birthrights of “Real” Sri Lankans. Flawed logic spewing out in a gullible society is pretty easy but it will not succeed among those who knows the difference between the trees and the forest. It is much better in Sinhala; “Gaha danna apita kola pennanaa epa”.

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    Westham, the fact you still are living in East Harlem is indeed a proof that it ain”t that bad as you think. I would have been more concerned about your personal safety/well being(getting mugged) if you were there prior to that timeline. So be thankful and count your blessing. The fact is US has to be a better country because 1) No Lankan, living there has left due to racism. For that matter few I came across left US only in their retirement.2) If true, (leave Obama and Kamala)there will not be that many Lankans who are highly successful including doctors, engineers, other professionals. 3) Not just successful in their fields but getting involved in politics which we are already seeing. 4)People who have NOT lived there or just traveled , will have many such things ,as “sour grapes” 5) If you are still in doubt , just take a look at the US high commission and the people who are seeking entry and compare that to Lankan missions elsewhere .

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    Once again our resident Marxist gets it wrong …..
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    The election in the US is not over – there are still votes being counted.
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    Joe Biden is not President-elect. That title has been given to him by the media who are busy gaslighting the public. The media does not decide the election.
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    Only when the election has been certified by the Electoral college will a winner be declared.
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    There is clear evidence of vote rigging and fraud on a massive scale – just not being reported in the mainstream media. The election may very well end a little differently than what the Left imagines.
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    Hardly a surprise when you’re dealing with the unscrupulous Left – isn’t that so Professor?
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    Black lives matter – has very little to do with black lives – it’s just another way a group of Marxists are trying to overthrow the system in the US. There is a clip on CNN where one of the leaders of BLM openly admits to being a ‘Trained Marxist’ ( her words ).
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    Please do some more research Professor.

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