15 June, 2006

The First Strike

We need to get rid of this guy who represents and advocates everything that a cultured civilisation is not. And I do not mean the 7 foot bulk-heads (with exceptions, ofcourse) who just do what their masters ask them to do. It is the corporations, the companies and the authorities whose deep-rooted ignorance and prejudice that is undermining the very existence of a multi-cultural society.

Gulf News' claims of playing the activist medium against racial discrimination might be a little overstated, but this is defintely step on the right direction.

FYI: You can register complaints against the DTCM, Dubai or Dubai based establishments here.


trailingspouse said...

Racism like this makes me sick to my stomach.

It is not only socially repugnant it is also downright dangerous. As a middle aged white woman I find I can waltz into any building totally unchallenged by security guards. I even drove into Dubai Police College a few months ago and was waved through the security gate without even slowing down. Makes me sick (and very nervous) every time it happens.

MamaDuck said...

Nice one, Woke. Racism is endemic here and just because almost any nationality is allowed in doesn't mean that everyone is valued equally. I am not taking a shot at the UAE, either: racism is a world-wide phenomenon, born of one of the darker elements of human nature.

The deep-rooted ignorance and prejudice you ascribe to corporations unfortunately begins with individuals, and attitudes we absorb or develop without thinking.

However, without wishing to criticise the hotel in question, it is all very well for management to protest (quite sincerely, I’m sure) that they can't be racist when they employ forty three nationalities, but there are many who make a distinction between those they will employ and those with whom they will socialise.

In addition, racist attitudes and/or practices among employers seriously limit the spending power of some nationalities; meanwhile others have considerable spending power, and a drinking culture that keeps bar tills busy. I for one believe this is a factor in the unwritten but well-established door policies of some clubs, which makes entire sections of the expatriate population the victims of double discrimination.

'Members Only' door policies have been applied in Dubai clubs for years. What has changed is that people now feel able to protest to authorities, and that the authorities act.

It's a sign of the progress here that racist door policy - or behaviour - is being reported.

fellow atheist said...

Being black, I've never had any problems going into any club.. though admittedly, I haven't been to clubs for a few months now.

I was at Peppermint at the Fairmont last night. My problem was not with the bouncers, but with the excessive amount of security guys who insisted that I could not give my wife a peck on the lips. "No kissing!"

We felt so awkward that we no longer could enjoy ourselves, always thinking someone is watching over us.

Since when was kissing not allowed? Or does this have to do with my wife being Asian? I don't know, but I can spot a few people kissing and touching.. like you would find in any club.

We just left a little after, deciding not to come back to their establishment. Their club, their rules.. our money.

Woke said...

"The deep-rooted ignorance and prejudice you ascribe to corporations unfortunately begins with individuals, and attitudes we absorb or develop without thinking."
I agree. Afterall the corporations and companies consists of individuals. My intention was to say that the individual in question here, that is the doorman, is only taking instructions and not to be made the scapegoat - the imagery would suggest otherwise. :D

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