Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me. ~ Zora Neale Hurston
Everyone gets a taste of discrimination. It's the first bowl passed around at the table of the American Socio-Cultural experience. You can thank the chef, White Privilege for that, send a nod to Patriarchy as well if you're a woman. The first taste is bitter, it's supposed to be. Don't let it sway you.
See this isn't about being a victim, which you will hear over and over again if you choose to comment on the taste. The way the systems and structures have evolved make it necessary for some to get a larger portion than others. I was born Black and a woman, I get a double serving.
Right after the discrimination is served, the next dish is the word "victim". You don't have to take any. Victim is usually served as a way to silence you. Some will try to shove that in your mouth as a way deny or dismiss what you experienced. As if what you've seen or heard said has no mental, emotional or physical effect on you. Please pass on this dish. Silence is not golden. Your mental, emotional and physical health is all you have. Speak up, let go, move on.
The best defense is authenticity. You get to say that you see it, that you experience it, you get to name who and what it is. Being silent about discrimination is being complicit.
Inquire, argue dispassionately. Know that most who discriminate have taken extra helpings of bigotry and stereotypes. They feast on ignorance and eschew any dish that challenges their worldviews or privilege, as if they'd starve if it wasn't part of the menu.
Live your life wholly, authentically, challenge when it is necessary to your mental, physical or emotional life. Invite allies to the table. Demand more social justice, equality, and non-judgment be served. We'll all be healthier if we took more time to watch what we eat.Written 17 Sep 2015 · View UpvotesRelated QuestionsMore Answers BelowDo Chinese discriminate against Americans?In order for an employer to have a defense against an employee’s discrimination claim against the employer, what is a necessary thing or act?Do white people implicitly discriminate against Asians?Is discrimination against males real?Are autistic people discriminated against?Alexander Griffin-Jones1.3k ViewsThe first step in building defenses to deflect or embrace discrimination is to stay up to date with the English language as well as the various racial slurs(this may include learning words/phrases in other languages). In order to fight fire you need to know how fire operates and what makes it burn! I can delve in more if you need a more elaborate answer.Updated 12 Oct 2015 · View UpvotesRonald Brooks, I have been figuring out how to do things my whole life.1k ViewsYou need to have thick skin and a big heart.Written 2 Sep 2015Related QuestionsDoes discrimination against Christians exist?Do Singaporeans discriminate against Malaysians?Is it hypocritical to discriminate against discriminators?Should you discriminate against the ones who discriminate against you?Is discrimination against discriminators the same discrimination as others?Are South Asians discriminated against?Why are singles discriminated against?Does Donald Trump discriminate against Asians?Are black Jews in Israel discriminated against?Are Mizrahi Jews discriminated against in Israel?What exactly causes racial discrimination against Asians?Does Turkey discriminate against Ahmadis?Does Hollywood deliberately discriminate against Asian men?Why do people discriminate against Jews?How pervasive is America's discrimination against atheists?Related QuestionsDo Chinese discriminate against Americans?In order for an employer to have a defense against an employee’s discrimination claim against the employer, what is a necessary thing or act?Do white people implicitly discriminate against