Nationalism, Racism, and Patriotism
When talking on public forums about the events in China I have come across those improperly using terms to talk about current events. Most articles are focusing on the “Racism” in China as if this is the only problem. It does exist and in some cases it is blatant. However, let’s be clear on the terms we use. Proper language use is critical to both communication and addressing the actual concerns of the community.
Screenshot of a video where a security guard refuses entry to a black woman while allowing a Chinese and a White woman
This video is an example of racism in practice. The woman in the video is turned away for apparently no other reason than that she is black.
The cries of racism against the black community are very real, prevalent, and a blemish on the global face of China. Its time incidents like these make their way into the 21st century. This is not 100 years ago. It is today, in a world community that is more enlightened than to allow this kind of behavior as acceptable.
Come to the 21st century China and stop acting like its 100 years ago where this was acceptable behavior. Racism is the specific discrimination of a group of people based on their ethnicity and/or skin color or the inherent practices of a people that specifically targets a people for their differences, to the perceived benefit of another group.
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A sign posted in many businesses these days prohibiting foreigners from entry due to fears of COVID-19
This sign is an example of nationalism. Nationalism is far more insidious than racism as it often confused with patriotism, which is a good thing. Nationalism will destroy the fiber of a nation.
This is the 21st century and the world is now recognizing it is a global community. No one nation can claim greatness over another, as they tried 100 years ago with an ignorant population.
In fact, doing so leads to a “foolish pride”. Nationalism prevents a nation from becoming great because it fails to recognize its own flaws, only seeking to justify them rather than rectify them.
Diversity brings creativity and talent, it allows for a new perspective on old problems. Nationalism creates an environment that stagnates with circular thinking and prevents a new approach to problems because “foreign” thinking is well…foreign and not understood. Nationalism often disguises itself as patriotism.
The national seal of America and China
Patriotism is the sincere love of one’s country and the people within it. It is the kind of love that is self-sacrifice for the better of the people of that nation. It is the soldier that is willing to die to defend the people from enemies. It is the police officer that endangers himself daily to enforce the laws. It is the daily citizen, willing to speak out when they see an injustice done to guests and nationals alike, in the interest of upholding its countries ideals and laws. It is as a parent that does not fear your retaliation when they tell you you’re wrong because their love wants to see you grow.
A patriot will defend their country from enemies both domestic and abroad. They realize that speaking out against an action, regardless of the source, that is against the interest of the nation is a patriotic duty and responsibility. The patriot does not fear retaliation. The patriot only seeks the betterment of his or her nation, and his words of criticism are focused on improving his country. The patriot acts as an ambassador of his nation, representing its ideals at all times and obeying the rules of any nation they are in. They are respectful to both guests and nationals. They know that only by acknowledging flaws can they improve what good is it to “save face” if you refuse to “face the problems that you need saving from”?
This is the 21st century. Nationalism and racism have no place in it. We are a global community and nothing has shown this more than the current COVID-19 crisis. We are all intertwined. What happens to the least of us, happens to the rest of us. Self-promotion is not going to fix this.
As long as this virus exists in one corner of the world, it exists everywhere. We need to recognize that we are all human with different ideas.
A single person is not an ambassador for their entire race or nation. We are a diverse world but we share things in common. Every person wishes to find what they believe is happiness. All our actions are only ever bent on that one outcome, only our method of finding it changes.
When you understand this, you see we are not all that different after all. In the spirit of mutual harmony and cooperation, let us find our patriotic selves, let us represent the best in our country. Let us understand, we are a global community in crisis and educate our ignorant.
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