Peace, Social Issues

Racism and international relations

by Benjamin Peltier

The angle with which racism is approached is always that of discrimination in our societies. Yet racism as a (often unconscious) thought system impacts our reading of reality in many other areas.

This analysis will try to explain how racist representations here in the West impact the reading of the world and the conflicts that cross it. This could have been tackled from several types of racism: how, for example, anti-Black racism makes us relatively insensitive to the incredible violence that has been agitating eastern Congo for years. But this analysis will focus instead on the consequences of our Islamophobia in our apprehension of certain conflicts and reading international issues.

In mid-August, the UN released a report claiming that the People’s Republic of China detained more than one million Uighurs in detention in “re-education” camps [1] . This imprisonment in the absence of any charge is part of a “counter-terrorism” action of China. Uyghurs are a Muslim minority in western China. Their desire for autonomy has always made it a target of repression for Beijing. That this mass imprisonment during which they / they suffer blows, violence and torture, does not arouse any reaction in Europe is at least challenging. This event is unparalleled in the world and in recent history.

At the same time, the UN always used the frigging term “genocide” [2] to evoke the actions of Burmese power vis-à-vis its Muslim minority, the Rohingya. This Muslim minority in Burma is subjected to systematic violence by the military regime: 700,000 Rohingya [3] were expelled abroad while another 10,000 were massacred. Their villages and fields were destroyed and the return was forbidden. Again this was done in a relative inaction of Westerners and their public opinion…

Read this entire article on BePax’s website in French.

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