Racism, First Worlds and Marketing

Scene One: Cafeteria
My first day in office in a first world country and an African-Dutch guy gets really excited and shouts out to the the others in office, "Hey! Now I'm not the only black guy in office, I have a sister Yay!!". I know he meant it to be funny but I just frowned and walked away since I refuse to be known as a racist by agreeing to what he said even if it was for fun and I do not like being called black in front of everyone. I did not expect to be welcomed with such a racist joke in a first world country.

Scene Two: Lunch room
A guy from a second world country (let's say, Ukraine) sits in an office lunch area in a first world country and talks about how his weekend was. He narrates his story to the rest of us about how he bought stuff from Ijnuk (a famous furniture store which majorly gets its stock from China - known as a third world country), and he discusses about how it was very tiring and vexing to assemble and furnish his new apartment with all the stuff he bought. After a while he sighs and says "Ah! these first world country problems!", and then laughs out loud. I seriously did not understand if I should laugh as I did not think it was really funny. Does he seriously think all of the people from third world countries have much different problems than him? Can the guy be any more racist?

Wasting a weekend trying to furnish one's house or trying to fix something is not even a problem in a third world country. I'm a middle class person and in my third world country I would have hired someone to fix my furniture. The middle class guy with first world problems (who's an immigrant and doesn't even have a first world country passport by the way. Talk about wannabes!) had to do it himself because he could not afford hiring someone to take care of the task for him. And before you even think about it let me clarify that it is by no means expensive to hire a freelance carpenter to fix furniture / woodwork in a first world country. In my third world country the middle class have a much easier, and convenient life than the middle class in these so called first world countries.

Scene Three: Pantry area
A conversation was happening about rich and poor people. A girl from a first world country (let's say, Israel) goes on and on about poor people in India and China. Umm.. aren't there poor people in Israel, I wonder to myself. And does she really believe that the entire population of third world countries is poor? Another girl (let's say, American) refers to some suffering tribe from some African region and looks at me in the middle of her conversation and says " sorry, no offense!". Hello! stupid bimbo from first world, I'm not from Africa, and I definitely do not belong to any tribe eating mud as food.

Scene Four: My desk
A Dutch colleauge suggests that I should get treated for an ailment in the first world country rather than going back to my country (since I was considering it). He innocently asks, does India have good hospitals for surgeries? In my mind, I was rolling my eyes and thinking, seriously! should I even bother answering this? A British Indian guy joins in here and complains about how worst the medical conditions are in India. Oh! by the way, the guy was born in India, migrated to the UK with his parents, and never went back; not even to visit his grandparents. I wonder, how does he know anything about India and based on what did he assume that India has the worst hospitals?

Scene Five: Conference room
The CEO of the company doesn't want to expand his business to Asian countries because he thinks it wouldn't help his revenue. While I know for a fact that concentrating his business in the first world countries did not help him get any profits; he wants to concentrate his sales and marketing in the same regions. Talk about stupid, delusional, and in-your-face racism!

As an observer from a third world country who hates labeling people and putting them in boxes, I find these conversations and assumptions really funny, shallow, anachronistic, and downright racist. Don't these people know that majority of the branded designer clothes they are wearing, the high end products they are using, and even a lot of brains working in their big companies to build their first world economies all come from the so called third world countries? And doesn't that mean that these first world countries can't even afford making their own clothes / products and hence depend on third world countries? So who's really rich and who's poor here? Or do they just consider it as modern slavery? After all, history does suggest that these countries have PhDs on using people as slaves.

In my opinion more than half of these people don't know what they are talking about. And one reason mainly is all the expensive media / marketing about life in first world countries. You must have seen a lot of ads and read articles about why you should live in so and so countries and which countries are the best to live in and so on. But have you ever thought where do these media and articles get their data from? And how do we know it is not tampered, censured or manipulated before presenting it to the world?  I've lived in both first and third world countries for a good part of my life and I have reason to believe that it is all brainwashed hog. And people who really believe this nonsense are brainless, shallow, and racist. There are rich and poor people everywhere in this world and that is the real truth. Don't believe me? Try visiting some slum areas in cities like Chicago, and New York or some ghettos in Israel and see for yourself how people in these first world countries live and struggle to survive.

The terminology "first world", "second world", and "third world" as I know was something coined during the second world war (I'm guessing by Americans who obviously want to conquer this world and are very good at marketing themselves. I mean, seriously, they sold their movies, their accent, their lifestyle, and basically everything "American" to the rest of the world.). All countries supporting USA were automatically first world, the countries supporting USSR were second world, and countries who were neutral were third world. So what changed since then and why did people start to associate rich guy problems with first world country problems and poor guy problems with third world country problems? Shouldn't problems just be segregated as rich guy and poor guy problems? Apart from being racist what do people really want to achieve from such assumptions and blind judgement? And for how long will this go on if it still exists in 2017!

So are you from a first world country or a third world country? ;) Or, are you like me who's from a third world country and living in a first world country? If so, what kind of racism do you deal with and how do you get over it? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading this post!

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