"Kill all Muslims": Myanmar's dominant discourse in the social media

November 23, 2016

An activist friend of mine Htin Kyaw with a large following in the
social media re-posted my appeal to the Buddhists of Burma on 15 Nov.
We have been monitoring Burmese language responses to it since.

It generated over 3,000 comments, shared over 8,000 - and attracted
over 94,000 hits - without a single dime spent to "promote it".

Ko Htin Kyaw deleted about 1,000 comments which he thought extremely
'hurtful to me'.  I have told him to stop deleting hate comments,
because they are extremely rich data for discourse analysis on
hate-speech.

99% of the comments fall under 3 categories:

1) kill all Muslims.   Myanmar is a Buddhist nation.   Muslims have no
business living here.

2) kill this 'mother-fucker' who made the bullshit appeal.

3) let the Muslims rape his mother, sisters and daughters.

4) the appeal is paid for by the Muslims.

Having spent the last 4-years trying to sensitize the mainstream
Burmese, I have come to conclude that UNDENIABLE FACTS and ANALYSES do
not change self-un-aware RACISTS - deeds or thoughts.

I went ahead and made this appeal, anyway in hopes of picking up a
handful of fellow Burmese as allies in the fight against the rising
Genocidal Racism in my own country.

 

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