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Friday 8 March 2013 Letters
The human-rights industry
Does promoting diversity undermine freedom?

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Letters responding to: Putting the human rights industry on trial, by Nick Cater

A nice one that crops in Canada is ‘internalised racism’. Apparently this is a disease confined to white people. Go to any forum where sensitive matters are being discussed, open your mouth to offer an opinion and you will, if you are a white, elderly male, be howled down for your evident internalised racism.

Go home and open your newspaper and read about what the Burmese are doing to the Rohingyas, what the Hutus did to the Tutsis, what the black, southern Malians are doing to the lighter skinned Tuaregs, what the Sunnis do to the Shi’ites, what the Arabs have been up to in Darfur and so on and so on and so on, you will discover that racism is not confined to white, elderly males.

But, they are pretty good at it as well, make no mistake!

David R Amies, Canada

I guess it sounds romantic to portray senator for Queensland Glenister Fermoy Sheil as ‘Thumpa Sheil’ the backwoods rabbit farmer. But he was nothing of the sort. He was a public-school educated medical doctor whose major economic activity before the Senate was owning a private hospital. He did part-own a rabbit farm, which led to the media giving him the nickname ‘Thumpa’. But he was far more aristocrat than yeoman. And his beliefs in opposition to the human-rights industry were founded in opposition to human equality, not to the human-rights industry.

Abraham Gubler, Australia

 

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