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Citizen activism for good

/ 05:01 AM May 12, 2022

Professor Randy David’s article (“The battle to change mindsets,” 5/8/2022) is, as usual, very stimulating and enlightening. Whatever the results of the election in the Philippines, he showed a positive view on citizen activism, which he said was never there before. “It spawned a social movement … to reshape the society.” This is the mindset that he was talking about. Whether this change in mindset will come soon, its strength, and its long-term viability, he believes it will be within a year.

When he mentioned “divisions,” we are lucky that in the Philippines, as far as I know, we don’t have racial divisions, a big problem in the US; only “class divisions,” separating the poor from the well-off. However, there is “colorism” in our society based on how light your skin is (the fairer you are, like the mestizo/mestiza), people look up to you and reverse.

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Unfortunately, even the Bible says that “the poor will always be with us.”

I just wish that the change in the mindset will be a lasting one and not just a passing one like “ningas cogon” since whatever the results of the election will be, we need change for the sake of the country we have and love.

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David remained true to his calling as a journalist. He never endorsed a candidate directly.

Ida M. Tiongco,New York,[email protected]

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