An ethnic group or ethnicity is a category of people who identify with one another based on common language, ancestor, social, cultural, or national experiences. Unlike most other social groups, ethnicity is primarily an inherited status reigning from the ancient generation. Membership of an ethnic group tends to be defined by a shared cultural heritage, ancestry, origin myth, history, homeland, language or dialect, symbolic systems such as religion, choice of food, dressing style and the general appearance of particular group of people, on the other hand, ethnic hatred refers to the feelings and harsh emotions elicited by people and acts of prejudice, as well as hostility directed towards another ethnic group or group of people.
Recently a case of ethnic hatred was reported to me which saw one of the high profile politician in the nation make statements that did not resonate well with what is outlined in the law. The politician was captured making reckless statements in public domain, as he tried to win votes for the forthcoming elections, ending up sparking emotions among his people against his adversary, whose popularity had risen from a survey conducted in the past few days. The first action I took was to arrest the victim and punish him as stipulated in the law in regards to ethnic hatred. Second I had to bring to the attention of the victim what ethnic hatred can bring to the society at large, which include; loss of lives, land alienation, destruction of property, economic imbalance, high cases of refugees and creation of suspense and fear among people.
The third action was to educate the victim the importance of national integration among people which fosters a good living atmosphere leading to growth in economic, political and social-cultural sectors of the country. Lastly I had to inform the victim that politics is not all about using dirty fingers but having a well-orchestrated plan in a bid to win the vote.
McMahon, P. C. (2007). Taming Ethnic Hatred: Ethnic Cooperation and Transnational Networks in Eastern Europe. Syracuse University Press.