“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” This was a phrase I would hear almost every single day in my household. Dishearteningly, a majority of people tend to forget about this simple concept and continue to speak out in harm. Words have the power to damage a person and it is time to end all forms of disrespect and inconsideration people have for others.
Discrimination. Discrimination according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people.” Some believe this was put to rest years ago. Sadly this is not the case and is still very much present in society today. Will this form of negativity ever end? Will people ever accept others solely for what is on the inside?
It is overwhelming to see the many forms of discrimination present in society today. One form, is the usual prejudgement on all religions. African-Americans, Caucasians, Asians, Muslims, and everything in between all endure some sort of racist remark, gesture, or verbal assault based on their religion. “You are a slave, white trash, open your eyes, you’re a terrorist.” These are just a few of the words I have heard in the hallways during my years in public schools. This is a form of discrimination.
Forms of discrimination are endless. The news almost every night displays an unfortunate scene of people being discriminated not because of their actions, but for who they are. A current problem, we face today is the unequal pay females receive versus the male income. For every dollar a man earns, a woman earns 72 cents. Why must there be a gender gap? When the same type of work is being put in, why should a male earn more? This is a form of discrimination
I think we can all conclude that discriminatory comments hurt. It is never joyful being put down based on your personal beliefs and appearance. Another example of discrimination occur for people who are apart of the LGBT community. People have the tendency to look down on others and speculate when someone dressed a certain a way walks by. Others tend to question people who voice their opinion through their physical actions and attributes. This is a form of discrimination.
It all starts with one. If you hear someone spreading racist comments around you, do not be afraid to say something. Speaking up is the most effective way to apply change in your community. If you are a witness of someone being discriminatory towards another person, you should first approach the victim at hand. Ask the person if he/she is okay. If this tends to happen constantly, then it would be safe to approach a person of higher authority independently. Making people aware of others acting out in harm is a pivotal aspect to stopping it. If you see someone who looks sad, approach them and see what you can do. We can change our community by genuinely taking care of each other.
We need to end this path of discrimination by uniting and standing together as one. We are not separated because of our different religions, we are unique by it. From now on we must train ourselves to not be judgemental of others and instead embrace people that are different from us. Spreading kindness goes a long way, so start spreading some!
Once we have accomplished this obstacle we can move on to a wider scope. We can move out of our schools and implement change to our communities. So who is behind me? These people below are, and the ones featured with the whiteboards have agreed to make a difference. The question now is are you willing to help end discrimination?
My name is Layla Abbas and I am against discrimination.
My name is Ben Bjork and I am against discrimination.
My name is Alyssa Ouillette and I am against discrimination.
My name is Ryan Aranda and I am against discrimination.
My name is Joan Snavely and I am against discrimination.
My name is Annie Delgado and I am against discrimination.