Prejudice and Discrimination

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Prejudice and Discrimination


June 23, 2010

For the past 6 months I have spent in Bosnia, a country divided by culture, religion and ethnics. Bosnia however is a beautiful country, with several things to see and do. Here is a little on the history

and background of Bosnia. As well as some of the things that were discovered and virtually unknown to the outside world.

Although it is smaller than West Virginia, Bosnia-Herzegovina has long been a meeting ground for people of different cultures. The Slavic ancestors of today's inhabitants moved south into the Balkan Peninsula in the sixth and seventh centuries. They intermixed with the people who already lived in this borderland between the Roman and the Byzantine empires. The former Yugoslavia, and in particular Bosnia, can serve as an example of minimal differences magnified and turned murderous by cultural significance attached to them in the context of nationalism.

The differences between Serbs, Croats, and the so-called "Bosnian Muslims" are mostly in the imagination. These three groups of southern Slavs belong to the same race and look the same; they speak Serbo-Croatian; their religion, which has been made so much of recently, cannot, in practice, be used to distinguish between them, because overwhelming majorities in each of them are (or were until the eruption of the recent conflict) nonbelievers. These are facts that are often overlooked because the identities of Serbs and Croats have been traditionally defined as ethnic identities; and since these identities reflect the way these groups envision the world, they necessarily define as ethnic the identities of members of the third group, the descendants of Slavic Muslims in Bosnia. So although they are of the same race, they come from an entirely different ethnicity.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's declaration of sovereignty in October 1991 was followed...