1/ Here's my quick translation of today's @zaobaosg editorial on racism in #Singapore.

tl;dr It attributes racist incidents to #Covid19 frustrations, social media, and Critical Race Theory, described as an imported idea encouraging racist hatred against white people.
2/ Here is the original, if you would prefer to read it in Chinese: Original: zaobao.com.sg/forum/editoria…

I don't read @zaobaosg often, but from what I've seen, this is in character for Singapore's Chinese language daily broadsheet.
3/ According to @zaobaosg logic, racism is the fault of everything but racist systems/structures, and long-held prejudices. While it notes in its opening paragraph that recent incidents were perpetrated by Chinese people, it doesn't bother to examine what that indicates.
4/ It doesn't talk about the harm caused to minorities who have been subjected to racism, but borrows a US right-wing bogeyman to suggest that Chinese people are being unfairly demonised via imported ideas of Critical Race Theory.
5/ This is likely the newspaper that our Chinese-reading aunties, uncles, and grandparents are reading daily.

How are we going to honestly and meaningfully fight racism when the mainstream media is enthusiastically feeding this sort of horsepoop to people?
6/ Last year, @zaobaosg published a forum letter suggesting the outbreak of #Covid19 in dormitories was due to "cultural/lifestyle habits" of migrant workers from "backward" countries. In defence, the editor said that it didn't represent the paper's view: asiaone.com/digital/zaobao…
7/ Well, this piece I've translated today isn't a forum letter. It's the @zaobaosg editorial. It *does* represent the view of the publication.
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