by Ishita Ambekar & Ayanna Puri

Inequality has been shown through history for years, there has been injustice when it comes to culture, age and gender (just to name a few.) But why is there an argument over a subject which is so close to each individual’s identity? Many have fought and failed to stop this argument, but that is soon going to create further damage, and we are sure this is something which can be controlled.

Cultural inequality has been prevalent since the start of time. If you were a black person in America from 1619 to 1685, you would be considered inferior, would probably be there as a  slave. Racial discrimination was at its peak during that era and though slavery was abolished, and racial discrimination lessened over the years, it still exists. 

 A Jew during World War 2,  was in grave danger of being imprisoned and killed in a gas chamber, by the Germans, simply because of their religion. What about the tragic September 11 crash in America by Islamic terrorists! Hundreds and thousands of innocent people lost their lives! African Americans aren’t slaves anymore and Jewish aren’t killed anymore but religious and racial bias exists in our world today, in every part of the world.  

Is this the type of world that we want to live in? What does this do to our future and what we pass down through generations? What we have talked about till now is not even a fraction of the problem. We can’t change the past but what can we do for our future? 

“We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for your arsenal; kit respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.”

Barack Obama 

The Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple bombing occurred on October 12, 1958. A temple was bombed by other religious believers. Why? Because they didn’t believe in temples is thus, didn’t want anyone else to believe in what they didn’t believe in. Thousands of people were killed and many buildings and societies got effected. The Qatar and Dammam mosque bombings occurred in 2015. A suicide bomber attacked Shia “Imam Ali ibn Talib Mosque.” This mosque is situated in Quideh a small town based in Saudi Arabia. Also, the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was a mass shooting. On October 27, 2018, while the Shabbat morning services were being held. A total of 11 people were killed and, seven were injured. Many sources say it was the biggest attack on the Jewish community in the United States of America.

What about our own country? what’s happening here? The Mecca Masjid blast occurred on 18 May 2007 and the mosque located in Hyderabad. There was a total death of 16 people and 100 people were injured. It was a cellphone triggered pipe bomb, and 2 more bombs were found and defused by the police. And we can forget about the attack on the Taj Mumbai! The Mumbai attacks were a series that took place on  November 2008, when 10 members of an Islamic terrorist organisation based in Pakistan, carried out bombings and attacks that lasted four days in total. Approximately 166 deaths and nine deaths of attackers. Why do we display such hate? 

Phrases like “he is a Muslim, he probably knows a terrorist? is the exact example of bias we want to bring forth. Such thinking and beliefs push the human race back many years in terms of social development and tolerance. Every human being, irrespective of their colour, class or creed, is a human being first and foremost and all the differences are created human beings! 

Every person is born equal, born in a personal belief system of their family and religious beliefs. It is important to be tolerant and accept and celebrate these differences. Every Muslim is not a fundamentalist or a terrorist! Every Black person in America is not inferior or white people. The beggar on our streets is not less of a human compared to us. 

Let’s draw a line! Let’s stop seeing the world through a coloured lens. Let’s learn to accept.  It’s time to take initiative and start moving forward. Let’s start seeing everyone as a reflection of ourselves. The time is now!