Are we ready to talk about race?

Race and racism have been in the headlines recently. Insight looks at why the issue has surfaced, what’s behind the calls to discuss it more openly, and what concerns some have over this approach.

A forum on race relations held here last year. By and large, Singaporeans have tended to tread cautiously or tiptoe around discussions on race. But observers agree there is a need for more open discussion on the topic, noting there are benefits to having such conversations. PHOTO: ST FILE
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Since it was set up seven months ago, Instagram page @minorityvoices has gained 10,200 followers. Through its 170 posts, which detail individuals' experiences of racism and discrimination in Singapore, the account has attracted hundreds of responses, as users weigh in on these stories.

Platforms like this show how discussions about race are already taking place, said grassroots volunteer Swedha Rajaram. However, she has concerns about how inclusive such conversations are.

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