So! Riots huh? Shops torched eh? Tear gas lu, curfew lu, 3 killed, few Muslim folks thrashed, a Muslim deputy minister tries to not get thrashed while another one of em minister’s contemplates whether to hand over his resignation. Oh and it seems like the president is taking shit for being in some Bolivian summit which no one gives a shit about. All this takes place while the media is operating at snail pace. And the citizen journalism folks are most certainly seizing the opportunity to thrive on it. Quite an eventful Sunday leading to buckets full of opinions on a Monday morning. Full of Drama. We can write a television series of it no? I call it the Game of Robes.
Of course, in reality, the sane masses of all races in LKA are not pleased. Muslims all around the country are PISSED OFF, agitated and worried.
Including mom, a devoted Muslim (unlike me) was very worried this morning. To an extent where she wanted me to drop her at work and pick her up after, simply because she was afraid to drive alone wearing a hijab. I can’t really say she was overreacting because I was afraid for her safety too. How, when and for what purposes these ruthless cults strike are very unpredictable. And it’s safe to say that the forces CAN’T keep us safe. Epic Fail.
When we log into facebook feeds and twitter timelines… we see almost everyone putting up posts and tweets condemning the activity that’s happening around us. I mean it’s nice to see all these profile pictures changing and people voicing their thoughts and all. That’s when we are immediately brainwashed right? We think the MAJORITY stands against racism. The majority in YOUR world agrees with you. And remember there are only approximately 2.5 million facebook users in an over 22 million population.
There is a world out there bigger than your news feeds and timelines. A very real world filled with hate, jealousy and a mindset we can’t fathom. And most of these folks are nowhere near where us Colombo folks closely associate with or stay.
Lots of these folks are people who work and reside outstation. They have limited access to free media, and their facebook feeds are filled with opinions from uneducated goons of their own culture. Let’s face it, people who are exposed to Colombo have a very different culture.
So how can you and I do a little extra and reach out to these folks apart from changing our profile pics and spreading the word online?
This morning a non-Muslim friend of mine who manages a luxurious boutique hotel in Colombo was annoyed after overhearing some waiters discuss their pleasure over the incidents that occurred over the Muslims in Aluthgama. What the Muslims ever did to the waiters, I have no clue. Unlike the horror stories you hear in the middle-east, us Sri Lankan Muslims are very nice sorts you know. We have a habit of going out of our way to help others. Unless, you try to get it on with a Muslim lady that belongs to a conventional Sri Lankan Muslim culture, you’ll get another thing coming your way. Who knows, maybe they were stood up. Idiots.
But getting back to the point, Colombo approximately has a population of over 670,000 people, but in reality there are lots and lots more it accommodates due to it being the business hub of the country. Just like my friend, you too would come across these people from out of Colombo, working amidst you. They may be executives, waiters or even the cleaners of your building premises. Speak to them. Spread the good word. Make them feel that racism is uncool, and keep them aware of its outcomes, so that they could carry some sense back to their hometowns. Become self motivated ambassadors of peace. Who knows, MAYBE, your act could stop one person from raising a hand against another in the name of bigotry. Now this is not something WE Muslims can do alone, for we are the victims here, and they probably won’t listen to us. This must come from you Sinhalese folks who believe that what is going on around the country is atrocious. If you hear something you don’t like, don’t argue or make them your enemies. Remember, they too are entitled to their thoughts. They are enemies of your mindset but as the old saying goes, keep your friends close and your enemies closer, for you need them to respect you, and listen to your ideologies.