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Discrimination is Alive and Well Today

The battle to win rights is an on-going struggle. Unity and solidarity will help us work towards a better society. But just as rights can be won, they can also be lost. Each victory does not mean that newly won rights will be ours forever. We must be constantly vigilant to see where our rights are being eroded.

Examples of this include the civil rights struggle of the 20th century. In some states in the U.S, there is an on-going voter purge that predominantly targets minorities. In other words, people are losing their right to a fundamental right – voting. Is the U.S. really the best democracy in the world? I’ll be honest, I have serious doubts about this.

While things have moved on since the 60s with regards to race relations, racism now-a-days may be less gratuitous but is possibly more insidious. Just because overt racism is frowned upon by society at large, this doesn’t mean that covert racism doesn’t occur. There are multiple examples of authorities overstepping the mark. For instance, the NYPD conducting surveillence operations against muslims in the north east of the United States, for no other reason than being muslim.

Another Form of Discrimination

Racism is an obvious form of discrimination. One you may be less familiar with is specieism. In an article titled The ethics of speciesism, the BBC write:

‘Speciesism’ is the idea that being human is a good enough reason for human animals to have greater moral rights than non-human animals.

So if you believe in equality, a question you may want to consider is whether or not you should eat meat. There are plenty of tasty (and more healthy) alternatives.

The website has some ideas about staying healthy by juicing. The more fruits and vegetables we eat, the less animals we’ll have to kill. It is something worth thinking about.