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Racial Discrimination In The Novel The Kite Runner

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Racial Discrimination
“His people pollute our homeland, our watan. They dirty our blood.” This line in the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is an example of the racial discrimination that occurs in the novel. Ethnicity is the focal point of conflict in The Kite Runner. Amir, the protagonist, is Pashtun while Hassan, his servant, is Hazara. Hassan plays a significant role as not only the servant of Amir, but also that of his best friend. Due to Hassan’s ethnicity and religion, he is alienated from Afghanistan’s society. As a result of his alienation, we are able to assume the moral values and assumptions of Afghanistan’s society.
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Through this action we can see the double standard that exists in Afghanistan. We can see that they lack morality and courage to demand justice and equality for Hassan. In that society, the sexual abuse of common children is common and children don't have the luxury of playing and enjoying themselves in public out of fear of assault and violence. After Hassan was abused, he would never lift his head, feeling ashamed of what had happened to him.
In the late twentieth century, the Taliban, an Islamic military army, took control of Kabul. Under their control, they killed and tortured many Hazara’s. They would go door to door taking every Hazara out of their house and into the streets. There, they would shoot them all in front of people killing them as if it was just a game and every victim as a point. A victim of one of these disgusting massacres was Hassan and his wife Farzana. They were living in the small servants’ hut on Baba’s property, and Hassan would diligently clean and repair the house. The Taliban had gone to Baba’s house and found Hassan and his family there. Hassan said he was taking care of the house for a friend, and they called him a liar like all Hazara’s. They made him kneel in the street and shot him in the head. When Tarzana ran out of the house, they shot her too. This tragic event is another revelation of how in Taliban controlled Afghanistan, a person is immediately judged on the basis of ethnicity. The Taliban didn’t believe Hassan just because he was Hazara. Hassan was not given any representation or a chance to defend himself and was instantly deemed “A liar like all Hazara’s.” No investigation, no trial, no witnesses and no legal proceedings. The Taliban chose to do what they wanted to do, because they were able to be racist...

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