The connection between bigotry and stupidity

Opinion  |  Syerleena Abdul Rashid
Published:  |  Modified:

Every once in a while, we bear witness to incidents that remind us of the complexities of human behaviour.

On the afternoon of March 31, 2016, this reminder came in the form of Malaysians clad in red T-shirts, bellowing hateful rhetoric and tired catchphrases. Such an attitude can only be described - at best - as racism on overdrive and stupidity running amok.

We know that racism has become a movement in this country - it is methodical and malicious. We see far-right wing groups staging protests to show their abhorrence over ethnic unity, religious diversity and our democratic way of life.

To most of us, their acts only confirm the irrationalities of their thought patterns and just how gullible they really are. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how ignorance breeds hatred and how hatred breeds violent aggression.

But how can we justify the far right wing’s repetitive acts of violence and verbal onslaught?

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