April 21, 2009
Posted: 216 GMT
We received an overwhelming response to our poll question yesterday and wanted to highlight a few of the more concise and thoughtful comments below to keep the conversation going. We had to leave many quotes off this list because we lacked space or because we had already read them on air. But keep those comments coming and we'll surely post yours soon enough (if we already haven't). And for future reference–put down your location when leaving a comment. We want to know where you're located!! Thanks! –The I-Desk Team.
The UN conference on racism – couldn’t they have found another speaker? The UN knew it was inviting controversy by having Iran’s leader speak, and they knew what he was going to say and do. Maybe this was intentional by UN staffers? Racism is awful and should be dealt with, but why politicize it so much? It is counter-productive to do so
I don’t think it was the right move, to give Pres. Ahmadinejad the stage and opportunity to speak at a conference that treads a social problem as important as racism, after all we’ve heard in the past. It was too obvious that he would continue to rage against Israel.
Hello, as a British Citizen of African origin, I have fought against racism in Britain. I have also observed through various media outlet including CNN, that racism is very much alive within the state of Israel. Racism against Arab Israelis, against Palestinians, you cannot deny that white or light-skinned Israelis of European origin are the privilege ones in Israeli society. Equally, there is clearly racial division USA, and that racism is worldwide, so although I absolutely disagree with the Iranian President on his dangerous views on the holocaust, I feel that the move to boycott or walk out of the conference on racism is childish, because all the delegates from the those countries should put their own house in order. Racism can only be eradicated by talking not by boycott or walking out.
I do believe that he should have the opportunity to speak. It’s just a pity that he didn’t use this platform to make a great speech, present new views or suggest ways to move forward with the international community. Everyone already knows his point of view, so why sound like a broken down record and keep repeating it. In my mind this just shows how much of a poor *leader* he actually is.
I think he should be allowed to speak, that one does not agree with what he has to say does not give anyone the right to stop him from saying what he feels. What is the essence of a free society if someone is not allowed to speak because his opinion is contrary to yours.
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