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Augustine C. OhanweWednesday, August 6, 2014
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he feeling that oneís ethnic group
is special is universal.
And my mind sees nothing repugnant to reason
in the existence of ethnic identity,
whether hyphenated or not.

I have never felt ocular fatigue
admiring those exotic costumes,
cultures, languages and religions
that differentiate one ethnic group
from others.

But a sense of ethnic identity becomes odd
and threatening
when it glorifies the exclusion of the Ďoutsidersí

And it is harmful
and infringes on human right
when it becomes
a precondition for citizenship.

It is dangerous to civilization
when it is used as a justification
for destroying other ethnic groups.

And the brass tacks is that
there is a dearth of reason
in the concept of exclusion,
no weight in its argument
and no depth in a campaign
that adds coal to the fire of violence
kindled by the ravings of hate-mongering
fringe demagogue.

Is it not true that when tolerance slumbers,
hate advances
and a momentís madness
can plunge a nation into a crime beyond forgiveness
and we can hear the distant thunder of such violence.

Rants against 'outsiders'
and the policy of their exclusion
should not attract inaction
but deserves to be disavowed
for the fact that such move
is not rooted on Tolerance and Constitution.

August 4, 2014

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