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Inherently the statement given in the title of this article is not true, there is no reason why some people are better than others. The reality, in practice, is that our world does make this distinction, as much as international organizations like the U.N., governments, large or small organizations would have us believe, and as …   Read More

Inherently the statement given in the title of this article is not true, there is no reason why some people are better than others. The reality, in practice, is that our world does make this distinction, as much as international organizations like the U.N., governments, large or small organizations would have us believe, and as it is written in company policies or in charters everywhere, where it is clearly spelled out that there is no discrimination or special treatment according to race, age, sex or sexual orientation, in the larger scale this is not the case. One recent example that should clearly demonstrate this is the massacre of journalists in the offices of Charlie Hebdo, where 17 lives were lost by another set of Islamist extremist who were offended by the many depictions of their prophet.

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Boko Haram is responsible for a few of the most outrageous and vicarious times of recent human time.

Outrage was felt around the world, as the leaders and people mobilized to express their disdain for the attack on freedom of speech and for the loss of human lives. Meanwhile the most powerful leaders of the world marched across the streets of Paris and the world was so fixed on tweeting and retweeting the hashtag #jesuischarlie, everyone seemed to have missed that at the same time in Nigeria, another Islamist extremist group known as Boko Haram had killed nearly 2,000 people from a small town called Baga. The genocide was considered one of the deadliest in all of recent history by Amnesty International. Yet, this incredible loss of live taken in a single swoop took little to no attention by those leaders who marched the streets of Paris. So, what does this say about what lives are valuable and which are not. If Boko Haram had taken the lives of an entire village in say in Nice, France, would the World had let this slide almost unnoticed? Or where there have been so much outrage that it would have obliged the French government to declare war against terrorist, just like the U.S. did after the 9/11 attacks on the Word Trade Centre. In the times where we are reminded that racism does still exist, having witnessed the various killings of black people in the United States and movies like Selma (2014), which  remind us of the struggled lived by Martin Luther King Jr. during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, it is hard not to wonder we live in a world plagued by issues of inequality.

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Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu seen here shoulder to shoulder during the Charlie Hebdo march in protest to freedom of the press.

So, how come do we still allow racism and favouritism to different races to occur? it seems to me it is very hypocritical for leaders that talk diversity on one side while they meanwhile speak the complete opposite through their actions. This is much exemplified by the Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined other leaders, joining arms during the #jesuischarlie march. The same man responsible for the deaths of thousands, including journalists, children, sick, women and the elderly. Palestinians, who had nothing to do with Hamas, during the bombing of the Gaza strip.

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The Islamic State, a self-professed Islamic or Muslim organization, is perhaps guilty of the most atrocious or racism actions in recent times, perhaps not since time of the Nazis.

How does our world go full circle, from having dealt with the likes of Adolf Hitler, who attempted to implement the ‘final solution’ via the extermination of ‘lesser races,’ to the type of extermination that is nowadays more covert, yet no less despicable than those perpetuated by the Nazis. If there is one important difference as to how racism or segregation happens today, unlike the time of the holocaust is how much complex and deceptive racism goes on in our world today, at least the Nazis were pretty clear as to what they believed a ‘better world’ was for them. You have to give them that much, today we have leaders, whether countries or organizations, who believe certain groups or races are lesser than others, so they feel the killing of these ‘lesser races’ is justified purely by this believe. the Islamic State, is yet another example of how little our world has evolved since Hitler, that a group of people conciser themselves to be in the position of wiping out  group of peoples, just because on what they believe. So, today we don’t hear something as clear as the ‘final solution’ but we do hear about the justification of killings according to race by terms like: “they are dangerous terrorists,” “we need to protect ourselves,” “they are infidels,” “they are harbouring terrorists,” “they have weapons of mass description,” “they have chemical weapons,” etc.

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It is hard to call Obama’s actions racist, especially since he is himself a person of colour, after all he is the U.S.’ first black president. The decisions made under his mandate paint a slightly different picture, when they do tell the difference on who should be bombed or who needs the attention of the world’s current superpower.

So, some people think they are better than other people, racism, targeted killings, unjustified mass murders, covert genocide. All of these things still goes on today, there is of course subtle racism, that also goes on to, the minor type, such depiction of people on the media or racial profiling. What will it take for this type of behaviour disappear? it is hard to tell, perhaps the world is yet not evolved enough to truly eradicate it beyond writing it in human rights chapters, or saying on record you are against it, perhaps we need to see more consequences of the terrible dangers of such dark ages type of thinking will lead us into, perhaps we are destined to go into another dark ages in order for us to experience a true new enlightenment period.

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