Letter: Ignorance ignores good characters

ONE of my close friends is Kenyan-born.

He is one of the hardest working young men I have ever known and holds this country and its people in great respect.

However, my friend has been racially abused and unfairly targeted because many, if not most, Victorians seem to believe, being black, that he must be from South Sudan and pose a potential serious risk to public safety.

Many Australians, including some poorly-educated politicians, also seem to think that Africa is a single “country”. It is not.

It is a continent which houses 54 separate countries with 3000 different ethnic groups who speak no less than 2000 languages.

Australians would be wise to consider the above matter so that all Africans should not be condemned for the actions of a minority from their continent.

Michael J Gamble,

Belmont

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