Sunday 11 December 2016

Western psyche tramples upon the rights of minorities

Published 11/06/2016 | 02:30

Muhammad Ali (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Muhammad Ali (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

I wholeheartedly concur with the gist of Dr Kevin McCarthy's argument (Letters, June 8) that political pluralism in Western societies has not produced yet a statesman of the calibre of Muhammad Ali, capable of being a global advocate for human rights and the eradication of apartheid, and champion global problems and the alleviation human suffering.

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However, this could be attributed to the racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and discrimination practised towards ethnic and religious minorities that are so entrenched in Western psyches nowadays; that prohibit non-whites, and especially Muslims, from climbing up the political ladder. Western societies are riddled with a multitude of societal ills, from gang culture to knife crime, child sex abuse, homicide, domestic violence and sexual harassment and slavery.

Needless to say, they are still shackled with the manacles of conflicting identities and religious animosities that are still raging in Northern Ireland and other quarters in the Western hemisphere. None of these evils was ever attributed to Christian or Jewish extremism. Muslims are always seen through the prism of violence and terrorism when they are merely the main victims of dictatorships and superpower rivalries.

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