Elitism is an odious mindset, so before you condemn others for being elitist, ask yourself if you are just as guilty

Elitism is an odious mindset that should be actively discouraged for many reasons. We are all equal under God and the value of a person is not his or her wealth, status, intelligence or social position, but their heart and character. However while Singaporeans may proclaim to be anti-elitist, many forget that this shouldn’t just apply to how we treat other Singaporeans but people around the region and world. Too many Singaporeans, from all walks of life, have an elitist, superior attitude towards people from other countries in the region.

Witness the disparaging remarks Singaporeans use to describe “smelly Banglas” or “Pinoy maids” and “dirty PRC” and you’ll see even more despicable elitist attitudes born from a sense of superiority and xenophobia. This is an even more prevalent form of elitism and arrogance that is too often tolerated or even celebrated because it’s targeted at foreigners.

So before you condemn others for being elitist, ask yourself if you are just as guilty of this attitude too but have excused yourself because your elitism is aimed towards foreigners.

by GC

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