The simple answer is prejudice can blind. Prejudice can and will blind a person to thinking.
Take Dr Watson. A guy so brilliant that when much younger, he helped unravel the mysteries of DNA. Went ahead to win the Nobel Prize. A living legend in his own lifetime.
Yet a few weeks ago, this icon of human thought came out with his ideas on why
At the moment, racism is politically incorrect.
The same guy had once stated that, if a gay gene was found to be present, a mother would be right to screen her unborn child and abort the baby if it was going to be a homosexual.
What a statement. At the particular time that Dr Watson said this, it was not really politically correct form. He was derided, in some quarters. But it did not diminish his stature. Not like this time when he showed his touch of political incorrectness.
Prejudice has been a heavy shade to my thinking. Oh yes, I imbibed prejudice with my mother’s milk. So does everyone. The world we grow up in always has its own set of prejudices. And we do not escape them.
I did not. And though I think I have worked a lot of them out, I still harbour some glaring logs in my eyes.
What set me on this thought track was an opinion piece in the Monitor Newspaper today. The opinion is written by Owekitiibwa (Honourable) Joash Mayanja Nkangi.
He is a very well respected and elderly politician in
Mayanja Nkanji. His pedigree is impressive. I think not too long ago, he was cited as one of the most brilliant Ugandans. I know that he was the Kabaka’s Katikiro (Prime Minister) during the 1966 crisis, when the Kabaka was deposed and exiled. He only handed over his instruments of office recently, when the
A grandfather, he still combs his full head of hair in a 1960s type hair style with a ‘road’ parting the grey on one side. That is what I remember most striking about him! Apart from his grandfatherly look, and reputation to brilliancy.
He believes that the Government should tighten the screws on gays and lesbians in the country. It should not dare loosen them.
I was reminded of myself. Here is a man who cannot get past some of his prejudices. And he uses the gifts he has to explain to the world why these prejudices are correct.
He is very sincere. He is very convinced of what he is saying. ‘Govt must tighten screws on gays, lesbians’.
Gays and lesbians in
It reminds me of a quip I saw about the People’s Space in the Commonwealth Head of Governments meeting recently held in
Guess what? I should ask Mayanja Nkangi how deeply government should tighten screws on homosexuals in