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The discrimination against the Hazaras is the most obvious form of social bias in The Kite Runner. They are treated badly by many of the dominant Pashtuns before the Russian takeover, and when the Taliban gain control, the Hazaras are subjected to ethnic cleansing. Although Baba has no such hatred, especially for his longtime servants, Ali and Hassan, Amir can never regard Hassan as an equal. To Assef, Hazaras are little better than animals. He reasons that sodomizing Hassan is no sin because
"... there's nothing sinful about teaching a lesson to a disrespectful donkey.
"It's just a Hazara..." (Chapter 7)
Assef finds himself persecuted by the Russians when he is subjected to torture and imprisonment following the communist takeover. He in turn kills the Russian officer who had beaten him when when they met
"... on the battlefield a few years later... Then I shot him in the balls." (Chapter 22)
Afghan women face a second-class stature in both their homeland and in America. The Taliban force all women to cover themselves in the traditional burka and institute strict laws that restrict their right to travel or appear in public places. In California, General Taheri refuses to allow his wife to sing and considers his own daughter tainted because of her previous sexual indiscretion.
That she never sing in public had been one of the general's conditions when they had married. (Chapter 13)
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