The Prevalence Of Racial Tension Around The World

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Today, there is racial tension all around the world. Racial tension means the feeling that exists when people do not trust and be aggressive to each other. In Malaysia, racial tension has deepened recently. The Indian government has released an advisory for its foreign students that studying in Australia which showed that racial tension appeared around the White and Indian. Racial tension between the Han and Uighur communities in Xinjiang, China was enhanced in July 2009. There are several factors that cause racial tension to happen such as religion topic, government policy, prejudice and discrimination.
Racial tension could be caused by prejudice and discrimination. According to Jon (1998), “prejudice is a general characteristic of human relationships” (p. 232). Jon (1998) found “prejudice is usually considered the cause of discrimination”. Prejudice is easily being found in someone to the others; especially they are from different races. Some nations mostly have a large group of certain races where are natives. Immigration is quite popular in today’s world. The natives may unhappy if there is large amount of immigrants in their countries. And people from different culture may have different practices. Some people publish the articles and speeches that criticise the other races’ practices or questioned their citizenship. They also may treat the other races irrespectively and violently. First, people will not take it seriously. However, when the cases happen often and massively, people won’t take them as specials cases. The races that besieged will tend to feel anxious and strike back to protect themselves. Therefore, it tends to create racial tension. For examples, incidents of violence against Indians in Australia were happened in last few months. Later on, an Indian student was killed. These have damaged the relationship between the Indians and Australians and created racial tension. Besides, African-Americans were still discriminated seriously by the Americans even after American Civil War. They had perspective that the African-Americans were slaves like they used to be. They received unequal treatment until the success of African-American Civil Rights Movement. The racial tension was existed during this period. According to the Malaysian Chinese Association (2009), Bukit Bendera Division chief of a BN component party, Sdr Ahmad Ismail supposedly said that the Chinese are “penumpang” (squatters). For the Chinese, this was not true because they had stayed in Malaysia for few generations and had given the citizenship once they were born. In additions, they contributed to the development of county essentially. This caused the racial tension between the Malays and Chinese.
Next, the government policy may also cause the racial tension. The governments launch policies that encourage the development of countries. But if some policies tend to help certain races, whether they are majority or minority, will cause the dissatisfaction of other...

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