2005年04月16日

Problems about villages to have been discriminated (Dowa problems)

What a man from Dowa-chiku said
“When I was a child, I went to a golf course and collected golf balls in the ponds to sell. My schoolmates also wanted to get them because they (and I) needed money to eat. So, in the afternoon I was absent from classes to get more golf balls.”

There are villages which have been discriminated in Japan. People from these villages, Dowa-chiku, were placed at the bottom of social classes in the modern society. Since 1871, the law has forbidden the discriminations against them. Still, nowadays they are discriminated when they get a job, for example.

This Wednesday I joined a meeting for new and transferred school teachers in the area, which has Dowa-chiku. At the meeting, I heard the man’s story.

I got shocked to hear that. It is because the man is maybe a bit younger than my parents, so this is not the problem in the past but the present one. I have heard Dowa problems before, but I did not know much about it. That is one of the reasons why I have not had any discrimination against people from Dowa-chiku.

However, this time I felt a bit scared to hear that there is still the discrimination. How children feel if they hear the same story as what I heard? I am worrying about children newly producing discrimination to know the situation. It is difficult for teachers and parents to give "proper" anti-discrimination education.
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