Discrimination and compassion

Anna Fifeld, Editor of The Dominion Post, writes on 1 May 2021:


My letter to the Editor, which may or may not be published, reads as follows:

Editor Anna Fifield is right to call out China for “the Communist Party’s oppression of the Uyghurs” (1/5).  However, given her “background in China”, Fifield is well placed to know the Communist Party oppresses all sorts of people in addition to Uyghur Muslims – including Tibetans, Falun Gong and Christians.  As an international journalist, she must also know Christians are oppressed (including by being beaten, raped and killed) in many other countries as well, most commonly where there is a Muslim majority.  Why speak of Muslims only as victims?

If we’re serious about being non-discriminatory, this should apply even when it comes to expressing compassion.