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Discrimination -- Not a Laughing Matter
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Discrimination is never a laughing matter

Discrimination – Not a Laughing Matter

Discrimination is not a laughing matter, not for those who are discriminated against and not for those who engage in discrimination.

Discrimination can start as early as in kindergarten. Being different is something that is often not accepted or forgiven.

There are many forms of discrimination, age-discrimination, pay, sex, race, religion, health and even opinions can be the cause. The results of discrimination can have a terrible affect on all involved.

The persons who fall victim to discrimination is not the only ones, who suffer, the party that is initiating the act suffers as well, who would have thought?

By one person discriminating against another a chain reaction can be started and takes affect in most cases. Onlookers see the discrimination and make a choice, they either jump in or support the criminal act, yes it is a criminal act, or they stand up and defend human rights or, they just turn and look the other way.

What can happen if one is discriminated against? Terrible things!

Now surely you think ‘there are laws to prevent such things as discrimination!’

Right you are, but how are those laws used? How hard can it be to prove that you have been discriminated against?

While it is happening every day, only very few will be willing to testify against a discriminating party for fear of falling victim to retaliation.

In Dallas District alone 75,000 cases of discrimination have been filed with the EEOC during the last couple of years, 16.500 for age discrimination in 2005.

In Washington in 2005 alone the number of cases resolved was 77,352, resulting in $380 Million in monetary relief for workers who were discriminated against. 36% of those cases were based on racial discrimination and 30% on retaliations.

Following the decision of the Washington EEOC field office, 383 lawsuits were filed.

Discrimination is, as you can see, definitely not a laughing matter. Don’t endure it and don’t let it go unnoticed.

By Birgit and Roger Pratcher

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Reviewed by Jill Carpenter 7/4/2006
Hi Birgit and Roger,

The sad thing is that many discriminatory practices can be very hard to pinpoint, much less to prove. People who speak up are often ridiculed and their complaints trivailized by the media or fellow employees, or family members or...'s just tough to get people to see the problem sometimes, much less to actively try to find solutions or to change such pointless and destructive behaviors.

The reason I'm commenting tonight is that I read an article the other day and thought about this article of yours. It outlined a study that showed that everyone in the world is related. Seemed funny to me that anyone would actually need a scientific study to convince them that mankind is basically one big family, but there you are.

Anyway, I thought you also might enjoy the article, so I'll leave the link (I don't know how well this comments area handles links, so you might need to copy/paste the URL rather than just clicking on it). It's kind of long, but very fascinating. BTW, thanks for all of your fun comments on my pages. I always appreciate getting them, and they always make me smile! : )
Reviewed by Peter Paton 5/8/2006
Birgit and Roger
A hard hitting article that highlights the anathema of discrimination in our ranks !
The people who engage in such heinous acts are generally very insecure and immature people, however they must be stood against four square in the interests of natural justice and equity !
Reviewed by Betty Torain 4/29/2006
Great ARTICLE! You are correct it is NOT LAUGHING MATTER.
It is sad. Those of us who practice that kind of behaviour suffer as much, or more than the person being persecuted. One thing I know is all the ugly comes back to all of us. May The Lord forgive each of us for allowing our human feelings to control our lives.

Thanks a love, Betty Torain, Mother of the Universe.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/28/2006
No. I would never have assumed that discrimation is a laughing matter. I suppose the pendlum will swing around to where it seems these days is it the white man's turn for being discrimated against. Suppose that is my plight for being born this way. I am not making fun either, I see the creeping of "white" discrimation more and more these days, especially when it comes to the Muslim population. You don't see many court cases filed by whites, because they probably know that they would be laughed out of town. White? Discriminated against? Geddoutahere. Am I paranoid? Naw. They are really after us. Good article, made ME do some thinking and writing. that's good.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/28/2006
This is a very factual and informative piece. It is realistic, honest but not a rant and rave as others before have seemed to want to do on this issue. I know the two of you speak wise words and the times are changing so slow in some ways, so quick in others. The race issue for me has changed dramaticaly in my lifetime and I think it is not only from education but through day to day living. Twenty years ago I was a racist towards blacks, gays, and other ethvnic minorities.I am not trying to pass the buck but it was what I learned growing up and it was hard to get over. What changed you may ask? I met a black man at work who at first he and I fought like cats and dogs (a lot of times about racial issues), but somewhere along the way we became brothers. I stood for him at his wedding, we travel together, he is a character in one of my books basically my best friend in this world. Now I know I am getting long winded here but the example I am trying to make is people need to get past the stereo type of blacks, whites, asians, seniors, homeless and judge each person on their own merit.

Thank you Birgit and Roger for giving me a plane to reply.
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