Racism: Hong Kong needs to speak up or lose the right to complain when Chinese are victims abroad
- We have a responsibility to fight racism, even when it’s difficult, and even when we’re not the victims
I was deeply moved by Luisa Tam’s article on racism in Hong Kong, and would like to voice my concerns on the alarming issue as well (“We all have a responsibility to call out racism when we see it”, November 5)
Ms Tam writes about how we should all make an all-out effort to put racists in their place. I couldn’t agree more. Even if we are not the victims of racism, it is definitely our responsibility to stand up against it, or we become the accomplices of the racists. Remaining silent may help us avoid trouble, but can we reconcile our conscience with the fact that we also hurt the victim by not lending a helping hand. Also, racists will be encouraged to continue engaging in discriminatory behaviour, because our inaction tells them that such behaviour will go unpunished.
Anyone can face discrimination or racial stereotyping. If it is not us here Hong Kong today, it may be some where else and some time in the future. If we don't speak up against racism now in our homeland, surely we don't deserve to claim a racism-free welcome when travelling to foreign countries, especially to France and the United States, where racist abuse is also commonplace.
It may be our natural instinct to be curious about those who look different, but that should never become an excuse for abusive behaviour.
Marco Au Yong, Sha Tin