Not just debate of course but abuse and extemist ranting. It's been a while since the ranters have screamed abuse at me, so here's an opportunity.
Anti-racism body welcomes UAE efforts to combat discrimination
Geneva: The UAE reviewed on Tuesday the achievements it has made regarding the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination before the committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
That's the beginning of a story in 'Gulf News' this morning.
Note that the presentation outlined the steps and measures taken by the country to enforce the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination.
All forms of racial discrimination.
Also in today's 'Gulf News' there are very many employment ads which are distinctly discriminatory and wouldn't be allowed in many other countries. Examples:
Accountant, Indian, age below 30,
Sales Consultant, Indian, with experience
Cashier (6 Nos.), Filipino, female.
IT Technician, Filipino.
Outdoor Sales Executive, female, Pakistani.
Young Pakistani, diploma & BSC in Electronics.
Pharmacist & Dentist, Arab, male, required.
Arab National Sales Manager.
Western Commercial Manager.
Legislation in many countries wouldn't allow those ads not only because they're specific about nationality/ethnicity but also because of gender and age specifications. Australia is a typical example, where the law forbids mention of nationality, ethnicity, male or female, or the age of the candidate because to do so would be discrimination.
In spite of the UAE reporting that it is eliminating all forms of racial discrimination, we have ads on a daily basis which are blatantly discriminatory.
So should it be banned? It's actually companies simply specifying precisely what they're looking for. There's an argument that it makes sense for, as an example, an Indian company with Indian employees and a mainly Indian clientele to want an Indian salesman and to be able to say so in its advertising. If they weren't allowed to be precise and had to say simply 'salesman required' very many people of other nationalities would apply for the job. But they'd be wasting their time and effort because the company would employ an Indian anyway
There's no question that it discriminates against all the other nationalities.
I think the most interesting point about banning discrimination is where the line is drawn.
Vilification and abuse based on ethnicity, certainly the line has to be drawn before that.
But should it be unlawful for an employment ad to specify a nationality? And for the company to deny other applicants the job based on their nationality?
And what about name calling?
An interesting insight into that came up not so long ago, about the term 'Paki'. In the UK it's a term of abuse, used and taken as an insult. In Australia it's just an abbreviation, so newspaper posters for example will refer to cricket along the lines of 'Paki bowlers tear through Aussies'.
So in the UAE, where is the line going to be drawn I wonder.
'Gulf News' has the story here.