Mosque and Town Hall.
A few of my friends have started unfriending people (on Facebook) that pass around anti-Muslim nonsense. This has to happen – normal, non-douchey Sinhalese need to defend our friends and neighbors from this casual hate. This open letter from Hiran Gunaratne is a start. Racism is not traditional Sri Lankan, it’s not Sinhalese, and it’s not Buddhist. Picking on our friends and neighbors is anti-social behavior towards the whole community and it has to stop.
Seriously, these emails and stories going around are embarassing and I understand the unfriending. I thankfully don’t know anyone like that on Facebook, but you cannot work in an office, go out or have a cup of tea in Colombo without coming into contact with someone of a different race or religion. To circulate this stuff via email that you wouldn’t say to their faces is cowardly and rude. It’s rude if you say it and it’s rude if you write it. There should be zero tolerance for racism among civilized people otherwise, as history shows, things can get uncivilized really fast.