Is Thailand Racist?
The other day I posted a random thought about Farang Zones in Thailand it was really more to do with where we like to congregate and ownership of land and condos but somehow the comments started going on a tangent about Racism in Thailand. Therefore I decided to write a post about my own thoughts about Racism in Thailand so you can comment your own thoughts here.
Firstly the word Farang get's a lot of westerners wound up about the racism behind the word. I don't think the word is racist at all but it can be used in derogatory sense. See a Thai can't see us for what country we're in and to be completely honest I can't either, I can generally say if a person is American but if a Canadian comes a long I get that wrong too, Europeans have a distinct look but I can't tell a german from a french person. We like to say things like European, American, Australian, Russian because we can identify with a certain look to those nationalities but you think Thai's can? Thai's can't even tell a Russian from an American so we're just all Farang nothing racist about that and certainly not like Slope Heads and Chinga's. It's really more like how we'd say caucasian or european that's all.
But in general are Thai's racist? Compared to where I grew up in western Sydney I'd say nowhere near to what we are. It's like the pot calling the kettle black isn't it. As far as I know there have been no race riots in Thailand and I could be wrong but compared to the race riots of our countries think of France, USA, Australia I can count dozens of similar incidents over the course of my life but never heard of that happening here. When it comes to racism I don't think people decedent from western Europe should really be preaching about racism in Thailand. The English started black slavery, Americans had segregation, and Australians well we tried to breed people white. Honestly compare that to some stupid distasteful signs it's really nothing much to scoff at. Remember Thailand is still developing.
When I think of dual pricing in Thailand I often think that's racist when I go somewhere and a Japanese gets in for free and I don't because I'm the Farang it ticks me off which is why I don't go to Mandalay or Fabrique and you shouldn't either. In the other post guy sent me these pictures. While I've never seen the black man sign I've seen the only Thai customers signs, but I think that's more got to do with the fact that the customer service representative can't speak any language and spends too much time dealing with Farang. You know what I get that the sign is rude but Thai's are still simple and lack a lot of tact however it's not racist.
When it comes to the color of you're skin though Thai's are judgmental and tend to look down on anyone with a dark skin tone. That's being pretty general though because the majority of Thai's I'd say don't hate people with dark skin they just want to have white skin kinda like the way I wish I had hair on the top of my head. Thai's hate Burmese and well they are born hating them listening to all the stuff the Burmese did to Thailand however I wonder if they just forgot about what they did to them? If Thai's are racist then the Burmese are enemy number 1.
So well I guess I'll turn it over to you guys let me know what you think, think Thai people are racist?