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    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    The Burden of Discrimination: Hate is the new normal


    By Elias Gbadamosi

    The idea of “otherness”, the “us versus them” mentality which sets majority and minority groups against each other has not profit the world in any way except that it breeds chaos, agony, war and depression. It is the reason why neighbors give neighbors away; why brothers take up arms against brothers; why friends have become foes and why former allies have become enemies. This megalomaniac idea has its roots in arrogant pride; the thought that one race, religion, gender or is better than the other.

    The Second World War, Boko Haram insurgency, Hutu-Tutsi war, the Holocaust, the Crusades, Osu Caste in Igboland, Colonialism, Apartheid, Xenophobia all came about because some people believed too much in their own innate identities, religion or political ideologies and thought that it is their duty to force it down the throat of others who look different and hold differing thoughts from theirs.

    Let us celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    “Variety is the spice of life”, so said William Cowper. While diversity makes life interesting, “prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” Targeted neglect, social exclusion, orchestrated invisibility, stigmatization and scapegoating have made hate the new normal. It makes us see fear where there is none and makes us hate when we should only love.

    As we celebrate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, let us live true to the standards of humanity. Let us remember that racial discrimination is a human right abuse. March 21st is no ordinary day; let it always be remembered as the day we speak with one voice and stand united in one accord to promote inclusivity and diversity to engender a free, equal and egalitarian world for “unless all of us are free, none of us is free”.

    I am Yoruba! I am black! I am Nigerian and of African descent; I am not wrong because I am different!

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    Elias Gbadamosi Senior Communications Officer

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