“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People learn to hate from a young age, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite” (Mandela). Discrimination is an attitude of rejection towards someone who is considered different because of the religion, ideals, or society of which he or she is a member. A synonym for discrimination is the word racism. Racism has always been present, in the past, for example, a period characterized by strong racism is that of Nazism which was persecuted and killed millions of Jews.

But also today there are daily acts of violence and discrimination. For example, we often hear news on TV about men or women, adults or children who are beaten or even killed because they are homosexual, of color, or because they have a particular way of being or dressing.

In general, I think that the cause of these discriminations is ignorance, indeed most people who discriminate are ignorant, not only because they have not studied, but also because they have lived in a society or in a bad family, where they learned wrong and racist values and ideals. For this reason, it is difficult to accept others, because we are used to living in a society where discrimination is considered normal, where whites are better than blacks, where heteros are normal and homosexuals are wrong. So we live in an infernal world and I believe that the goal of children and young people is to change hell into paradise. Indeed we can avoid discrimination with the education of young people, indeed through institutions such as schools, children must learn that there are no better and superior people, we are all equal and special and essential to the functioning of the world.

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Martina Cicero


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