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Thursday, May 15, 2008
Grant Brown: The Curious Case of Country C
Do we have a real-world case of a country with discrimination against one group and in favour of another in an industrialized, highly-ranked by the UN, country? Sure we do.
In his latest column for the Western Standard, Grant Brown takes a look at the curious case of a country he's dubbed "country C." Just so you can get past all of your pre-conceived biases and judgments, Grant has called one group "X" and the other group "Y." He then rolls out the facts and the statistics on infant mortality rates, official preferential treatment, officially sanctioned discrimination, and so on.
The numbers will surprise you. As will the identity of the Xs and the Ys.
Is injustice and discrimination worth fighting against? Sure. But what happens when the facts and figures demonstrate that the victims are a group you are probably not likely to sympathize with?
"The infant-mortality rate among Ys is higher than that among Xs. Ys are also more prone to alcoholism, drug abuse, and a host of psychological problems. Adding insult to injury, a highly disproportionate amount of public health-care money is spent on Xs. About twice as much medical-research money is spent on illnesses experienced almost exclusively by Xs, than on those experienced almost exclusively by Ys. In the final analysis, the life expectancy of Xs is seven years longer than that of Ys.
"In Country C, Ys are a particularly brutalized group. Most violence committed by Ys is directed at Ys themselves; whereas most violence committed by Xs is also directed at Ys. Overall, Ys are twice as likely to be victims of violence, and three times as likely to be murdered, compared to Xs. Yet the mainstream media of Country C devote a hugely disproportionate amount of their coverage to the violent victimization of Xs, especially that perpetrated by Ys. Government commissions have been set up to look into the problem of violence against Xs, but not into the much larger problem of violence against Ys."
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Excellent! Well done!
Posted by: TM | 2008-05-15 3:05:07 PM
I'm a Y from country C who's learned many of these lessons the hard way. I don't see any hope for change in my lifetime. It would be easy to be consumed by resentment toward Xs, so I take comfort in my ability to write my name in the snow.
Posted by: dp | 2008-05-18 10:10:25 AM
Most countries in the world are macho, male dominated. If the C type countries achieve the wish of the X's it won't be long before they will find themselves at the mercy of the rest of the macho world. Who will defend them? Who will want to? Who will be able to?
X's just do not understand Y's and the nature of humanity.
Posted by: John V | 2008-05-18 12:09:11 PM
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