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Discrimination

A presentation to simplify the meaning of Discrimination, which in turn, creates more things for people to think about.
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Kara Holdom

on 1 March 2016

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Discrimination
Who asks for it?

What is discrimination?
How can we stop it?
Exercise
Think about areas of your life where you may be discriminating against others in your community.

Types of Discrimination
1 Age: you're ""too old" or "too young" to do something
2 Caste: you belong to the "wrong" group in a specific society
3 Disability: you are "unable" to do something do to a mental or physical impairment.
4 Employment: You are denied an employment opportunity based on one of the these types of discrimination.
5 Language: based on the language you speak, discrimination exists if there is prejudicial treatment against a person or a group of people who speak a particular language or dialect.
6 Nationality: Where you can be discriminated based on the country you come from and not get a job, house etc, because someone doesn't "like" where you come from
7 Racial or ethnic: combined with Nationality and language, racial discrimination extends across many cultural and social norms, e.g., people making assumptions that all Aboriginal people are drunks and don't work.
8 Regional: People may not like you based on where you live in the same city.
9 Religious: You're worshipping the "wrong" god, according to others
10 Reverse: you try to do a good thing, but it ends up discriminating against someone either way
11 Sex, gender, and gender-identity: being male or female could be "wrong" or identifying as a particular gender when you are physically not is "Wrong".
12 Sexual orientation: if you are not straight, you are "wrong".

Some examples
Employment: Women make up only 9% of CEO's in major world wide companies and, on average, women are paid 16% less than men .
In WW2 Hitler used racial profiling of Jews as "dirty" and "disease" carriers to justify their imprisonment and murder in concentration camps all across Europe.
America, 2013, George Zimmerman, a mixed raced Hispanic man was found not guilty of shooting a young African American man, Trayvon Martin. Many believed the verdict was racially prejudiced against Martin, and mass protests took place calling for a new trial. Zimmerman wasn't white but had racially profiled Martin previously, for walking through a predominately white neighbourhood late at night.

Discrimination is the prejudicial and/or distinguishing treatment of an individual based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or category, "in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated."
Moral philosophers have defined discrimination as disadvantageous treatment or consideration. An individual need not be actually harmed in order to be discriminated against. He or she just needs to be treated worse than others for some arbitrary reason. If someone decides to donate to help orphan children, but decides to donate less to black children out of a racist attitude, he or she will be acting in a discriminatory way even though people he discriminates against are actually benefited by having some money donated to them.
The United Nations stance on discrimination includes the statement: "Discriminatory behaviors take many forms, but they all involve some form of exclusion or rejection
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