Prej­u­dice in pol­i­tics

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS - I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

IT is very danger­ous when poli tics stokes up the pas­sions of prej­u­dice, seek­ing to gain ad­van­tage from nur­tur­ing dif­fer­ences. It is fright­en­ing to find how thin the bar­rier is be­tween rea­soned de­bate and ap­palling vi­o­lence. The be­hav­iour of the Russian fans in France is one ex­am­ple, and one should re­mem­ber that they come from a coun­try that has had to play some of its in­ter­na­tional matches with no spec­ta­tors af­ter the Russian crowds greeted black play­ers with abu­sive “mon­key grunts” and fling­ing ba­nanas at them. The English fans also showed their ter­ri­ble as­pect when they surged through French cities look­ing to fight any­one dif­fer­ent, and then re­laxed by fling­ing coins at beg­gars and jeer­ing at them in the street.

All this racism was brought into fo­cus last Thurs­day by the mur­der of Bri­tish par­lia­men­tar­ian Jo Cox by a white man who, when charged with the killing, shouted out in court, “My name is death to traitors, free­dom to Bri­tain” in an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to Cox’s ex­cel­lent record of sup­port­ing di­ver­sity within Bri­tain. Re­ports have sug­gested that the ac­cused shouted “Bri­tain First” as he killed Cox. Bri­tain First is an ex­treme far­right group in Eng­land. This is why Cox did so well when she cam­paigned for di­ver­sity in Bri­tain, sup­port­ing vic­tims of the Syr­ian con­flict, child refugees, Pales­tini­ans af­fected by the block­ade of the Gaza Strip and Mus­lims who en­dured Is­lam­o­pho­bia, as well as the anti-slav­ery char­ity Free­dom Fund. Her ex­am­ple of ac­tively work­ing for in­clu­sive tol­er­ance was a wel­come re­jec­tion of pol­i­tics of hate. — Gulf News

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