In a recent viewing of the 2006 movie V for Vendetta the way humans as a whole persecute one another is an underlying theme.
This brings to mind the many ways in our everyday lives which highlight the way people are persecuted for their differences- be they physical differences, economic differences, educational differences, or philosophical differences.
We like to believe that in the year 2010 we as a people have evolved past such mean-spiritedness that marks generations past. For centuries people have warred and persecuted those they have vanquished.
I think the reason persecution persists is because people tend to fear what they do not understand. In the movie V for Vendetta it is mentioned that the totalitarian government gained power through the use of fear. This assertion that fear is a weapon which can be used to control the populace while culling out those who think differently, act differently, etc. is the main concept throughout the movie.
Until a time comes when there is harmony for all people- acceptance of all personal choices- and true understanding that we are all the same, in spite of our differences, persecution will continue... either in the public condemnations as exhibited in the past... or in the private, subtle forms which are beginning to prevail now.