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Everyday Racism - How racist are you? Take the test

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There is a new mobile app called "Everyday Racism" and there has been some media coverage of it in the recent days:

"A new mobile phone app that challenges Australians’ understanding of racism through role play has won global praise for promoting cultural understanding. The app focuses on subtle racism – an indirect or understated form of discrimination that researchers found to be prevalent in Australia. It invites players to put themselves in the shoes of an Aboriginal man, a Muslim woman or an Indian student, or to be themselves, as they negotiate a range of scenarios in which subtle racism is at play. Promoted as both a game and an educational tool, the Everyday Racism app sends players texts, tweets, images and videos over the course of seven days"

As with everything else that confronts racism, this is a good attempt to expose racism and its effects on the victims. But there are some points that need to be considered in all of this:

In Australia (where the app comes from) and everywhere else there is racism. This racism expresses itself in many ways in daily life. That's no news.

Racism is not something that is inherent in ordinary peoples' minds but something that is thaught and learned. It has a lot to do with the real and objective conditions of the societies. This app, that ultimately confines the many writings on racism and examples of it into a 7 day experiment should be seen in that context. That is not necessarily a bad thing but it is only an app that is - ultimately - divorced from the objective reality of our lives.

We should also be careful about apps and statements that say "How racist are you? Take the test" because this implies that "there is one way or the other some level of racism in all of us and that's a fact. The only issues is the level of it". We all know too well that such a statement will lead to a conclusion that there is ultimately nothing to be done about racism and we just have to control it.

Racism of the recent decades is showing its ugly face in the form or state/institutional racism. The political test isn't just about the ordinary people but it should be about the system that breeds racism.
 
The ultimate challenge isn't about to define the level of racism of individuals but to identify its root-cause and come up with appropriate answers to it.

After the 7 days of playing this app, the objective conditions of the victims and the racists/racism won't be any different. The question is: What do we do on day 8?

I welcome such developments as contributions to anti-racism but I would also welcome a genuine and strong fight against, not only racism but against the real-life conditions that create it.

Nothing should be a placeholder for the real, organized and genuine fight against racism. A problem is only solved by identifying its root-cause and addressing the issues there, not just by exposing its symptoms.

Let's fight it... And that fight includes the exposure of Australian government as well as many others..

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