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pattern of racism prevalent in Indonesia

pattern of racism prevalent in Indonesia

Papuans who come to the mainland from the western islands of Indonesia often have to face such a reality. If for any reason they ever go to the police for help, it is fairly certain that they will have to return empty-handed. They closely monitor the Papuans’ every move and, through various forms of harassment, continue to intimidate them.

Asian countries were once ruled and exploited by European colonial powers. For centuries, colonial powers have played a cunning game of pitting local people against each other in their colonies. Just look at India. From the beginning of the twentieth century, when the anti-British movement began to take shape, they pitted Hindus and Muslims against each other.

They also created a loyal class in every colony, a class of people who supported them in spite of hundreds of injustices. The zamindars of our country paid regular rents to the British and also played an active role in suppressing any revolt of the proletariat as a representative of the British government.

Indonesia has been famous for its spices since ancient times. Since the beginning of the colonial era, it has not been too late for Europeans to catch a glimpse of vultures in the region. Although the Dutch first came to the region and initially focused on business, they gradually became addicted to power and were able to seize power due to the strong military. They formed three classes in Indonesian society.

The Dutch were in the first class and enjoyed the most opportunities. The second class consisted of other foreign merchants, who enjoyed almost the same benefits as the first class Dutch. And in the third category were the indigenous citizens of Indonesia, whom the Dutch looked down on. They also used many Indonesians as slaves.

When European and other merchants left and Indonesia gained independence, the first and second classes became zero. Comparatively white Indonesians came forward to occupy this space.

West Papua has been claiming its independence due to the discriminatory policies of the Indonesian central government. Like ten other separatist movements in the world, the Indonesian government has suppressed the movement by force. The central government has adopted the same authoritarian policy that it adopted in Kashmir of India or Catalonia in Spain. Besides, there are cases of unjust disappearances and murders of people involved in the movement. Almost all extrajudicial killings in Indonesia are in Papua.

The West Papua region is also economically important for Indonesia. The largest gold mine in the world is located in this region. The number of small ethnic groups in Indonesia is not small. West Papua lags far behind the Indonesian mainstream. But most of the Papuans who come here have to suffer from racism. University teachers complain that Papuans are much slower than ordinary Indonesians. Because of the black color of the Papuans, the racist society in Indonesia did not accept them, but pushed them towards discrimination in many ways. Suppose you have applied for a job in an organization. In addition, you may often hear the call of the monkey. Whites around the world do this inhumane thing to humiliate blacks.

The anti-apartheid movement that took on a new dimension after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA last year, also took off in Indonesia. The citizens of that country have spontaneously expressed solidarity with the protesters.

Even in the 21st century, black Papuans in Indonesia face problems such as racism. Inequality against the Papuans will not only increase divisions in Indonesia, but also contribute to the rise of extremism.

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