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1974) CHAPTER4 Oppression as a Cause of International Violence BY SEAN MACBRIDE, S C * Initially, I should like to consider the question of violence generally, so I will start off by dealing with some aspects of the violence which seems to plague humanity at the moment. I came to realise that very little thought had been given to the spread of violence and brutality in the world generally. Each time we tend to regard it as isolated violence arising from some particular cause. But there has been no analysis made as to what general circumstances were responsible for the spread of violence in the course of the last ten or fifteen years in particular.
But if one happened to have been brought up in some quite different culture, it would all seem quite different. So what? The implication is this: You need to realise that the moral doctrines embedded in the ideology of the Minority Rights Group are your moral doctrines, they are also mine, they are part of our culture, they are not part of Universal Truth. If you wish to defend these moral doctrines you must do so because you believe that we are right and that the others are wrong. But that is a personal prejudice, a religious faith; reason is not on your side; and history is quite definitely against you.
If racial antagonism were indeed based on such generalisations from direct experience—in psychoanalytic terminology, based on adequate reality testing—its cause would have to be sought in the chance occurrences of the real world and not in the motivations of the prejudiced. Given, then, the recognition that groups do indeed differ from each other and that those whom we call prejudiced claim to respond to such real differences, given that there is no way of knowing the full distribution of psychological attributes in a group, the definition of prejudice becomes a question of distinguishing it from rational inference.
Minorities. A Question of Human Rights? by B. Whitaker (Eds.)