Thursday, October 04, 2012

The Continuing Existence of Racism in a formerly "Raceless" Society

I do not understand why some Soviet people in places like the North Caucasus are incapable of understanding that there are parts of the former USSR that today are much poorer than some parts of Africa. Ghana today is much richer than Kyrgyzstan and health care is much better in Legon than it is in Bishkek. Yet many Soviet people still wrongly think places like Ghana are as poor or poorer than Afghanistan. Maybe such attitudes are the effect of watching Chunga Changa too many times?


Anonymous said...

How is this racism? If you get a wrong impression, from the mass-media, about some far-away place (and indeed some African countries are very poor), that doesn't make you a racist.

J. Otto Pohl said...

It is the underlying idea that has a long history in the USSR and now Russia that Africans are incapable of developing on their own.