Myanmar's neo-Nazi Racism as both a Cultural Subconscious and a Governmental Policy

"According to our government, we don't have a policy of discrimination based on religion or race".
 -- Myanmar President and Ex-General Thein Sein, CNN Interview, 20 May 2013

One thing racist will never admit to is the fact that they ARE racist.

The same thing can be said of the genocidists and ethnocidists, that is, slaughterers of (other) peoples and masses masses and killers of ethno-cultures (as opposed to class cultures), respectfully.

In the case of the Rwanda genocide, some Tutsi would say 'they (Tutsi) just committed mass suicide'.


One of the most wonderful things about Burma's anti-Muslim racism is this:

the countrywide racists do not know, or admit to,the fact they are racists and that racism is sick, a mental and societal disease with dire consequences for the (ethic, cultural and religious) Other.

A racist may become aware of the fact that he or she is racist and that it's bad. But it is another matter whether or not he or she attempts to detox him- or herself.

Like a cancer racism is usually terminal.

Cancer may be cured and one may be cleared.

But racism is a harder internal mental and societal disease for which one (and the whole of society) needs to be placed on long-term remedial regime - such as anti-racism programs, changes in laws and institutional behavior, punitive and disciplinary regimes, intelligent attempts at genuine cultural transformation, public discussions and debates, etc. That's why, even the western-educated 'Myanmarese' with significant exposure to multicultrualist worldviews evidently succumb to Myanmar neo-Nazi racism.

Dr Yin Yin Nwe, the Cambridge-educated geologist, ex-daughter in law of the late dictator Ne Win, former country representative of UNICEF in China, President Thein Sein's Inquiry Commission member investigating the violence in Rakhine state, explaining why she endorses a version of eugenic, namely 'voluntary' population control of poor, un-educated Rohingya women whom she calls "Bengali", a popular and official racist reference to the Rohingyas of Burma,

The Voice of America Burmese (12 May 2013)

Even in societies such as the United States or United Kingdom, where the societies are incomparably socially enlightened and open for intellectual and ideological diversity than the place I used to call 'home', namely Burma, everyday practices and sentiments of racism persist.

Tragically for the subconsciously racist public of Burma their ruling elite and counter-elite are themselves suffering from a heavy strain of ethno-nationalist bigotry.

Neither Thein Sein nor Aung San Suu Kyi, nor the leading lights of the western donor-funded civil society seems to appreciate the cancerous cultural situation the society has found itself in, let alone confront both popular and institutionalized Racism.

Consequently, both popular and statist/governmental versions of racism this time have come to assume Fascist/Nazi characteristics.


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