Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Can discrimination be justified?

There is no excuse for discrimination for whatever reasons. People should be judged on their merits, not class, race or colour. Using criteria to exclude types of people from mixing with the rest is a form of segregation and tribalism.

There is a difference between creating a club in which conditions must be met for membership, provided they aren’t explicitly discriminatory in a manner that violates the law, and offering jobs or selling property which clearly excludes types of people because of their colour, race or religion.

People as groups or individuals have the right to be distinct by creating associations or clubs, but there is nothing right with basing it on illegal and universally unacceptable discrimination.

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