My first response after hearing of racial abuse against Isaan people by some youngsters on Club House was anger.
Their comments were full of hatred towards their own people and it was unacceptable to say the least. They should be ashamed of themselves.
My second response, disappointment.
It is disappointing that these young urbanites, who were born more fortunate, are looking down on those less fortunate.
There is a severe lack of empathy among the youth.
Saying that Isaan women are born to be prostitutes and their sons and daughters should not have been born because they will be uneducated and later become burdens to the society is definitely ignorant.
What’s worse is the echo chamber that has followed.
The problem with this country is inequality. The level of education and income disparities are not a joke to be shared on social media.
According to World Bank, the number of people living in poverty in Thailand has increased from 4.85 million in 2015 to more than 6.7 million in 2018. In the Central and Northeast, the population of poor increased by over half a million in each region over the same period of time.
The Covid pandemic has only made things worst. Nearly 800,000 more people fell beneath the poverty line in 2020 alone, according to local statistics.
It is no secret that the gap between the rich and the poor in this country is widening because every single government fails to tackle or address these issues.
The situation requires innovation and empathy from our young leaders for it to be tackled successfully.
Instead they show their lack of class and conscientiousness by mocking behind social media anonymity.
The current democratic movement has been marked as hopeful chiefly due to the participation of young leaders throughout the country.
This latest social media saga is a step in the wrong direction.