- Posted July 12, 2013 by
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Discrimination has been around for several years and even today it's still here. When I was child in school, I remember learning about discrimination and what it meant. Of course, then, I was learning about the civil rights movement. I remember feeling sad about the issue and wishing that it never existed. Why must we judge someone based on their sexual orientation, race, gender, etc? It's wrong to be judged period.
Now decades later, discrimination is still current. I know many viewers are keeping up with the Trayvon Martin case. This situation is devastating. Talk about discrimination, this situation is a prime example. For those who may not agree with my previous statement, you are entitled to your own opinion, but the facts and logistics speak for itself. Mr. Zimmerman was recorded while talking with dispatchers stating something along the lines of (I'm paraphrasing) " He looks suspicious and they always try to get away with everything." The reports, stories, and opinions of this case is tough. Everyone has something to say about it. My prayers go with the family. Trayvon Martin R.I,P. This very example is just one when talking about discrimination.
Discrimination also exists in the workplace and people don't even recognize it because it's what I like to call " silent discrimination." Silent discrimination is where someone who has the power will use it on anyone they choose just because they can. For example, I previously worked in a hectic environment surround by 500 people and had to use the restroom. It was told to me by my superior that no one could get up from there desk. As I looked around saw people coming and going from their desk as they pleased and he saw this as well and did nothing. He didn't say a word. Politely I got up and asked him if I could use the restroom. His words, " No one is allowed to get up." Looking around the room at others still coming and going, he asked, " What are you doing?" My response, " Staring at you watching others come and go as they please and listening to you tell me I can't use the bathroom." He gave me a mean look as I grabbed my purse and proceeded to the restroom. When I returned I was then unemployed. My point of telling this story shows stereotyping which could have led into discrimination. This too, still exist even if one can't see it. The superior used his power with whom he wanted to use it with.
Discrimination needs to cease to exist so that the world can be a better place for everyone. I feel that people will be happier, and have more gratification in there life if everyone was able to accept each other. There is only one race, the human race.