What are some examples of racism towards the Hazaras in The Kite Runner?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Chapter Two, Amir tells a story that demonstrates how Hassan was ridiculed because he was a Hazara and his mother was supposedly promiscuous. When Amir and Hassan walked by a group of soldiers, one of the soldiers shouted,

"You! The Hazara! Look at me when I'm talking to you!...I knew your mother, did you know that? I knew her real good. I took her from behind by that creek over there" (Hosseini 9).

Amir also recalls how Hassan's father, Ali, would be ridiculed for his appearance by the neighborhood children. They would call him Babalu and ask,

"Who did you eat, you flat-nosed Babalu?" (Hosseini 10).

The Pashtun children continually make racist comments about the facial features of the Hazaras. Amir also mentions that Sanaubar, Ali's wife, taunted Ali by saying, "I have seen old donkeys better suited to be a husband" (Hosseini 11).

Amir proceeds to describe the various derogatory names that Pashtuns call Hazaras. Amir recalls hearing people calling Hazaras "mice-eating, flat-nosed, load-carrying donkeys" (Hosseini 10). Since Hazaras are Shia Muslims who are of a different ethnicity, they are oppressed and discriminated against in a majority Pashtun country.

mkcapen1 | Student

The Hazaras are a race of people who descended from the Mongolian race.  In the book "The Kite Runner" Hassan is a Hazara.  On page 9 it mentions in a book that Amir is reading that "the Pashtuns had persecuted and oppressed the Hazaras."

Ali, who is a Hazara, is mocked by the neighborhood people on page 10.

When the boys, Hassan and Amir, run into Assef, he taunts Hassan by calling him flat nose.  He makes reference to Hitler being a great man and that had he completed what he had intended the world would be a better place.  He is referring to the extinction of the Hazaras.  This is foreshadowing as later on it will be Assef who will kill the Hazaras to help rid his country of them.


Assef asks Amir "How can you play with him?  How can you touch him?"(41)

Hassan as an adult and his wife were interrogated by investigators.  They had done nothing but were caring for Baba's home while Baba was in America.  They shot him in the back of the head.  When his wife came out screaming they killed her as well.  Then they took the son and used him as a sex toy.  They had no rights as Hazaras. (Page 219)

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