Russia’s Barbaric, Shameless Racism
Take the image at left, for instance. It’s a snapshot of a billboard that hangs in many Moscow subway stations, the kind you’re forced to look at as you take interminable rides up and down endless escalators, which are so long because of the subway’s dual purpose as transit and bomb shelter.
The text reads: “Your country needs your records. Every minute in Russia three new people are born.”
It’s totally shameless, barbaric racism. The billboard is saying: “Lots of babies are being born in Russia, and way too many with dark skin. What are you going to do about it, white woman?”
Russia is not only losing population fast, but the Slavic population within Russia is doing the worst job of all, leading to projections that Russia will soon become an Islamic country. The Kremlin, to put it mildly, is panicking.
The same people who publish and read such blasphemy, of course, who deny the citizenship rights of dark-skinned “Russians,” who believe that only white-skinned Slavic people can properly even be called “Russian,” these same people refuse to let places like Chechnya be independent. Instead, using blood violence, they insist that such dark-skinned people remain under Russia’s thumb, enslaved.
But is the word “record” really the best that the Russian language can come up with to convey this idea? It’s not even a “Russian” word, of course, even someone who doesn’t know a word of Russian could recognize it, if they could get past the Russian script. Seemingly, Russians lack the initiative to invent their own words for things like “hamburger,” even when the word has a sound like “h” that doesn’t exist in Russian. So Russians just call it a “gahmboorgehr.” Even many Russians would have to do a double-take to figure out just what “record” is supposed to mean in this context. Unfortunately, upon figuring it out precious few would disagree with the idea.