While reading the posts on the Roma clearances (closed indecently quickly I thought) I started thinking about the various different minorities that have been discriminated against in the past and still today to see if I could discern a common thread.
There do appear to be a couple of elements which are common:
1-Exclusive groupings. The Jewish population and the travelling peoples have both tended to exclude the bulk of any population that they live amongst. This I feel sure is a source of suspicion which can so easily be turned to hatred by politicians. This is today extended to the Muslim immigrants who generally shut out non Muslims from their lives and create their own country within a country. This contrasts with the non-Muslim peoples from Asia who are much more inclusive in their dealings with the people who already live in their host countries.The tribal groupings in Africa are also exclusive and we still see the results today.
2-Religious conflict. Here we have ample evidence of the savagery that can be inflicted on one group of believers by members of a rival group which continues to this day.
We have Catholics vs Protestants in the past and present. Sunni vs Shia very much in the present. Muslim vs Hindu , Muslim vs Jews and Muslims vs Christians,Christians vs Jews--- the list just goes on. I am tempted to believe that belief in a god is the single greatest evil present in the world.
Not sure we can do anything about all this because our political leaders are US. They are not a special group of people but have all the faults and prejudices of the average person.
What do others think