On Racial Discrimination

Sofia Valencia

           Discrimination is  the treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit (Dictionay.com).There are a lot of types of discrimination. However, I found racial discrimination to be extremely abundant all around the world. Racial discrimination itself is treating someone different because he or she is of a certain race or because of specific physical characteristics a person might have. We can find racial discrimination in a variety of situations and in a lot of different ways. For example discrimination in work situations, discrimination in school, discrimination applied to employment policies and practices and finally discrimination and harassment.

           Disregarding the fact that the law forbids any type of discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, there are still a lot of people that are suffering race discrimination at their work places. The worst aspect of racial discrimination at work is that it can go by undetected. This type of discrimination is very subtle and very hard to prove and identify. For example if you go to a job interview and you are not hired you cannot say it was because of your race unless you were specifically told so. In addition, some people might be discriminated and not even notice it, because some employers use hiring or promotion tests that drastically affect certain races. Nevertheless there is also a discrimination that is very blatant. For example you don’t get hired because the employer says that when he have hired people of your race they weren’t able to adapt to their work ethic. Work discrimination affects people significantly because it takes away a lot of opportunities.

           Another topic that goes side by side with work discrimination is discrimination with employment practices and policies. An employment policy that applies to every worker disregarding race or color might be illegal if it affects negatively a particular race. For example, a no-beard policy could affect the African American population because they have a predisposition to a skin condition that causes severe shaving bumps.

           Discrimination does not only happen on the adult world but also amongst children. There’s a surprising amount of kids suffering discrimination at school because of their race.  In places in which certain races are a minority children are more likely to be discriminated by the majority. They are bullied by their classmates by being alienated, or jeered on. For example, a mother claimed an elementary school substitute teacher singled out minority students for harassment and encouraged other students to follow her lead. Now, that mother is taking legal action. “He said, she just picked on me, and she picked on the other black kids in the classroom,” said Dr. Kimmie Ezeike as she described what her 9-year-old son told her in March. Stories like this are happening all around the world and are passing by unnoticed.

           Lastly there is discrimination and harassment. This happens when someone or a group of people repeatedly use discriminatory remarks to show racial intolerance. Some examples of racial harassments are: making jokes, insinuations, humiliating comments or stereotyping someone. There are a lot of consequences for racial harassments such as the victim might feel hurt and humiliated, they might feel rejected and unable to function properly, their self-esteem can drop dramatically. This obviously has an enormous effect on their lives and their self-love.

           Discrimination is an issue that is happening right now. It is a reality. It’s our duty to change this and the only way we can do it is teaching younger generations to have love and respect for all the different races. Don’t ask for a change, be the change you want to see.

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