Hoping for tolerant future

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 April, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 April, 1998, 12:00am

I refer to the letters headlined, 'Feeling like an outcast' (South China Morning Post, April 18) and 'Taxi drivers' racist snub'(Post, April 22).

It is certainly sad to hear such stories. However, racism is not a problem that is only found in Hong Kong. No matter where you go, there are always people in a society who are discriminated against due to their race.

Racism, ranging from hostility, prejudice and maltreatment to wars and genocide, has happened throughout history.

A society can only put an end to racism if it recognises that it exists. You cannot solve a problem, until you have established how it came about in the first place.

Education is also important as ignorance is one of the causes of racism.

As we move closer to the next millennium, it is the responsibility of everyone to try and help bring peace to this planet. We have to try and live in harmony regardless of race, sex, culture and religion.