Have any of you in lae realised that alot of the expatriates in lae, get better treatment, then locals when it comes to customer care? e.g- when it's raining all the expats get escorted with umberlla's with the least shopping, while local Papua New Guineans have to struggle with their car with loads of shopping.! ? whats up with this.?
It happens a lot. Every person I know has a story like this. we can be more racist towards our own than other races. my friends get their bilums checked while white/asian women are let through, it happens at banks, it happens at the airport. whenever i hear people ramble about 'racism from whites towards us' i point out that we are just as racist (in my books even worse) because we discriminate against our own.
my sister and 8 year old niece were at BSP waiting in line with about 20 other people and this asian guy walks in, looks at the line and walks straight past and pushes in before the next person in line could get to the tellers window. The person who was supposed to be next, didn't say anything. The teller directly in front of the line proceeds to serve him. My sister walks up to the window and says loudly 'stop serving this man, u ting yumi sanap na olim pos, he rudely walks in and pushes in front of everyone else and you serve him' The other customers started to get brave and said 'turu em ting yumi rabis manmeri sanap tasol'. He walked out of there very embarrased and my sister said to the teller 'yu no wokim gutpela pasin lo mipela, what type of example are you setting for the children that are in the line waiting with their parents'.
So, you can and must speak up and make a complaint, they don't expect it sometimes and get embarrassed by you pointing it out, nothing may come out of it but at least you spoke up and let them know that this behaviour is unacceptable.
Especially if you have children with you when an event like this occurs. Children learn their sense of self-worth and moral courage from the adults around them, if you let it go by, they will react likewise to people that treat them the same way.
A person can never make you feel inferior without your permission - eleanor roosevelt
I see this happening in Lae all the time.The way I sometimes see PNG people treat their own is pretty disgusting.You try to carry out my bags from Andersons and I only let you help me if I have too many but for your own people ,you would never help them carry their stuff out to their car.
I open my bag for you to check as I feel ashamed that you don't check mine too but you don't even look inside.....the list goes on and on and on.
Some of us feel embarrassed to see the way you treat your own people.
I think we need an Anti-Discriminatory Board.They have them in other countries but then again it would only be another hopeless mix of people getting paid big allowances and doing nothing.
This doesnt happen only at Food Mart in Lae, It happens All over the country. I grew up with it First hand. I am a fullblooded PNG person growing up with "white people" I always got treated 2nd class (normal PNG to PNG treatment) when I wasn't with my white family, but when they were with me I got better then royal treatment.
I went to govt highschool in POM and roaming Boroko after school looking like your average teenager, I always had to leave my bag at the counter or have it checked, the staff at the shops were slower to serve and the banks lines were long.
When I was still looking like normal average teenager in but with my white mum, I never left my bag in the holding counter neither did they, the guards(some times the same gurds that took my bag off me an hour or 2 earlier) never asked at those same shop, nor did they check our bags (most times my mum offered her bilum to be checked or they would check mine), people served us faster and and the bank tellers always seemed more frendly. Even the hotel waiters appeared more friendly.
Yes I will admit, sometimes me on my own didnt get me far and I would use the colour of my mothers skin to get what I want. I know I shouldn't have, but I learnt for a very early age growing up in my PNG that when she was with me I got treated differently.
When I returned recently after several years of being away, I still saw no change at the hotels, and shops (Andersons, Food World(pom)).
It is sad but true that we are a racist folk and that we discriminate more against those of our own colour then those who are not of melanesian decent
When are we going to treat ourselves with the same respect and dignity that we show to those of non mealnesian decent?
But racism or segregation would have never occured to the extent if the white society of europe, did not concure half the world and slave 1/6th of the worlds population......
And i feel strongly against the fact that white people in PNG are getting more "handouts" than my people in their own country. . . . .
what i wonder is a fellow PNGean facilitating Racism.
Native Ordiance Act was cretaed by the Australians to segregate whites from the Blacks
the Native Ordiance Act is brought back to life by PNG people who facilitate Racism. infact it was done away with it for the sake of PNGean people.
and now PNGean are bringing it back especially those who work in supermarkes, Clubs, Hotels and so forth
um yeh ino lo foodmart chol, lo ogeta stoa lo png...hehe umi sa isi2 lo ol na treatim ol osem boss, blari ol kan lain ya, ol noken actin hit lain nabout na ol lain husait sa karim umbrella blo ol ya...kai2 kan na noken..bhahahaha