Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's essay on the anti-gay law in Nigeria

Read "Why Can't He Just Be Like Everyone Else?" via The Scoop

The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our democracy, because the mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of its majority but in the protection of its minority – otherwise mob justice would be considered democratic. The law is also unconstitutional, ambiguous, and a strange priority in a country with so many real problems. Above all else, however, it is unjust. Even if this was not a country of abysmal electricity supply where university graduates are barely literate and people die of easily-treatable causes and Boko Haram commits casual mass murders, this law would still be unjust. We cannot be a just society unless we are able to accommodate benign difference, accept benign difference, live and let live. We may not understand homosexuality, we may find it personally abhorrent but our response cannot be to criminalize it.

2 comments:

JamTheCat said...

Because hate is easier to control than love.

Writer said...

I think it is easier to control because it is easier to instill.