Discrimination (from my Forums post)
by, 06-28-2008 at 06:24 AM (1565 Views)
Discrimination. Many of us despise this word. I, too, possess an extreme loathing for it, and will not go into in-depth descriptions of it seeing as all of us know about itóand hate it. And indeed, why mustnít we? No one wants to be belittled, nor cursed at because his looks are not desirable to others, because she is a woman, because he is not the richest man in the universe, because his religion is not the most powerful religion in the world, and so many other because-s. To some people, this gets so irritating to the point that it makes them sick. Why, who tells us that these are the most terrible-looking people, that women are weak, that only the rich can do or mean something, which religion is king, and so on? People, of course. Yes, people. Those people who believe in and tell us these stupid things.
I must admit that I have never experienced the impact of racial discrimination with such pain and sadness as that of my countrymen when they heard a white man hurl personal insults at their snub noses, almond-shaped eyes, and golden-brown skin, as people often behold my looks with the same regard they hold for people of the Caucasian raceóone fact that is not at all reassuring, but only gives me a picture of how unfair things are in this world, despite the ďmanyĒ changes it has encountered since the time slavery was outlawed.
Religious discrimination is yet another form of social injustice which people of all races, social status and gender must bear. Although there is a valid reason for people to look down at me because of my religion, I have quite successfully prevented this by not speaking of it in public. Not that I am ashamed of my religion, of course not, I just donít feel comfortable speaking about it, especially in front of people who scorn it. Certainly I am not doing this to make it look like I am hopeless; I just do not want anything to keep me from reaching my dreams. When at last I succeed in realizing all of my aspirations, I will slowly begin to eliminate this destructive mindset from the suffering brains of the people. Never to worry, allies.
Discrimination due to social status: this is the type of discrimination I am most familiar with. Though no one really walks up to me and tells me in my face that I am poor, therefore I cannot do anything; yet I feel it in their stare and the way they treat my family. Just because we cannot afford an excess of luxuries, they label us among the poor, incapable people even though they do not state it. We are middle-class people, not rich, and not very poor either, yet the wealthier class often looks down at us and deprives us of the respect we must have. Luckily, in my school, which is slowly getting to be a school for the elite (a very sad thing, indeed), nobody is able to decipher the mystery as to whether I am very rich or poor, for my father has taught me how to look presentable to everyone and to compete with people on a different aspect, that even the richest people around would see me as their equal.
This time, I would like hear from you. Have you had any experiences with discrimination, or are you currently struggling to break free from it? If that is so; I would be very pleased to hear your stories. Not only do we share the same viewpoint, we might also get to help each other solve our problems regarding discrimination, for I know how traumatizing it is to be in a situation like this. If you wouldnít mind, I will include your story in a school project, so please identify yourself; however, if you wish to remain anonymous, feel free to PM me on this, or state a brief identification on this PM to me. I thank you very much, and hopefully one day we shall be able to stand up against those who look down at us, and who knows? Maybe, one day, we might begin to see things in a totally different light.