No one on this board lives in a country where discrimination of some kind isn't rampant. No one on this board lives somewhere that doesn't have major issues that need to be resolved.
Reza, it must be nice to be part of not just one, but three different majorities in one's nation. You're straight, Muslim, and male. That's the trifecta in Pakistan. You're also financially well off. You have no fear of being discriminated against because you are part of the power in your nation. You also live in a capital city where diversity is more common and less obviously mistreated. Think about the rural regions of Pakistan. Is the same true there? If the majority is not willing to stand up for the minority are they any better than oppressors?
I'm white and male, which gives me advantages. Being gay, it's easier to hide that from others in order to avoid being persecuted. I lived through the 1980s and 1990s without acknowledging who I was to most people simply so I didn't have to be discriminated against. I have advantages.
Women don't have that option. Black people don't have that option. Hispanics don't have that option. If you are a woman, if your skin color is different, if you speak with any accent whatsoever, if you believe differently, and if you are obviously queer, you are marginalized and mistreated. In the U.S. In Europe. In Pakistan. It has improved in many places; however, it is not as it should be in many of those places and those who have no actual fear of reprisal, mistreatment, or marginalization will never understand what it's like for those who are mistreated or marginalized.
I'm reminded of this poem by Martin Niemoeller.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
If you are not actively speaking out for or protecting those who are marginalized or mistreated, you're part of the problem.
Recognizing someone for being different exposes those differences to others. By celebrating diversity, we are encouraging it. Being gay isn't a bad thing. Being a woman isn't a bad thing. Being black isn't a bad thing. Being Hispanic isn't a bad thing. Acknowledging diversity and fighting to make sure the minority or the oppressed can live openly, honestly, and proudly with all the opportunities the majority have is NOT a bad thing.
The Nazis identified the "Others" so they could be more marginalized, more mistreated, and eventually killed for being different.
We recognize the others and say we're not going to do that. We're going to fight the oppressive regimes and power structures within our nation that would single those people out for scorn and we're singling them out to give them a voice, to give them visibility, to say we aren't going to let them come for the socialists. We aren't going to let them come for the unions. We aren't going to let them come for the Jews.
We're here. We're diverse. Get used to it. That's what we're saying and if you don't like that, then I would kindly tell your straight white, entitled male ass to go to hell. You've been in power too long and we're going to equalize that power and if you don't like it, that too bad. Being treated equally is not a bad thing.