Thousands were injured</li></li></ul><li>Transition from Slave to free states<br />Civil War in USA in the past<br /> -Bleeding Kansas (Border War) 1854-1858<br />African Americans were in slavery since 1607 in North America in Virginia (both white and black)<br />In 18th century slavery was applied mostly to Black Africans<br />
What triggered the “race” riot in LA?<br />Scars of long history<br />Unsettled hatred from the past<br />Lack of mutual understanding<br />Lack of proper communication between each races<br />
Low standards of health care access and delivery<br />Institutional racism<br />Discrimination in housing<br />Education<br />Policing<br />Criminal justice and<br />employment<br />Social Inequality of African American<br />
Prejudice leading to discrimination<br /><ul><li>In a poll by yahoo, it is proven that at least 40% of white Americanthinks negatively towards the blacks.</li></ul> -the whites just hates the blacks- what ever the blacks does, the whites will never treat them differently.<br />
Other factors<br />Critical positions in the Government are all held by non-African Americans<br />Voices of African Americans are silent by the majority<br />White thinks that the blacks are slowing down their economy and causing unwanted problems to the country<br />
PART B – What about<br /> Singapore in 2009?<br />
Singapore facing ageing population<br />Technology advances, longer lifespan<br />Elderly, pregnant women, gender<br />Slow working speed, constraints<br />Feared retrenchment<br />Tough finding a job after 50 years old<br />
Since 1970s, economic was unstable from time to time<br />2001, 2002, unemployment rose to 5%<br />2002, 54 year old Malay women desperate for job<br />Knew multi-languages<br />Near retirement age<br />Singapore faces economic crisis<br />
Pregnancy struggle<br /><ul><li>4 months maternity leave for mother
Not sufficient income to support the child</li></li></ul><li>The predicted future<br />Singapore will be prosper<br />Standard of living much higher<br />Higher taxes<br />Higher school fees<br />More people are struggling to cope<br />
The election<br />2042, election of government<br />Older employees vote for government who can solve unemployment problems<br />Experienced remain in company<br />Inexperienced remained unemployed<br />Youngsters at disadvantage<br />VS<br />
People lost focus in life<br />Money spend on smoking and drinking<br />More people start joining gangs<br />People do not see the need to study<br />Get quick cash through unlawful ways<br />Youngsters start discriminating older people<br />Pregnant women struggles to proof to be productive at work<br />Social fractions and divisions<br />
If left unchecked, could make the imagined future of 2061 a reality?<br />
Part c: What can<br />We do to prevent<br />The imagined future<br />Of 2061 from<br />Become a reality?<br />
How to minimize social divisions?<br />Promote racial harmony<br /> in country as a nation<br /> together<br /><ul><li>Through Government promoting the advantages of a multi racial nation.
Residential community singing the same tune as the government to promote and plan events that stress on importance of racial harmony.</li></li></ul><li>How to minimize social divisions?<br />Educate students in schools about cultural difference and tolerance<br /><ul><li>Having culture exchange in school during festive seasons.
Learning of each different races’ culture and origin.
Practice tolerance and patient attitude towards each race.</li></li></ul><li>National Service<br /><ul><li>Promotes the unity of all the different races to come together to defend Singapore as a nation.
Protect each other when one fellow Singaporean saw another being bullied or took advantage of.</li></ul>How to minimize social divisions?<br />
Problems and challenges <br />Global influences<br /><ul><li>Terrorist attacks on the people</li></ul> = may create distrust between Muslims and other races in Singapore.<br /><ul><li>Globalization</li></ul> = Other races from other courtiers that come to Singapore to work but do not share the same harmonious attitude as fellow Singaporeans.<br />
Problems and challenges<br />Ageing population/low birthrate <br /><ul><li>Government promotes life long learning where people don’t stop learning
Attractive incentives and privileges to encourage more younger Singaporeans to get married and give birth
More laws to protect the elderly </li></li></ul><li>How to successfully implement the solutions?<br />Support of community and fellow Singaporeans<br /><ul><li>Parents teaching the young ones the correct attitude and correct values
Individuals showing care and concern for each other in a community
Look beyond age, skin color and religious differences</li></li></ul><li>How to successfully implement the solutions?<br />Individual must do their own part<br /><ul><li>Live out what is being taught
Discourage any act that will harm the unity and understanding of people</li></li></ul><li>In Summary<br />Problems of discrimination and prejudice will always be around.<br />No matter where you are or any country you are in.<br />Teach and live out the genuine attitude and correct values.<br />Make the world a better place to live in together.<br />