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Resources - Discrimination
"When dealing with people remember that you are not dealing
with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, creatures
bristling with prejudice, and motivated by pride and vanity."
Dale Carnegie American writer, lecturer. Author of How to Win Friends and Influence People (still a best seller, issued 1936)
Does discrimination really happen in our day in age? Yes. It crosses all boundaries. As an example, a 2008 AARP survey of 1,500 U.S. workers ages 45 to 74 found nearly 60% experienced or saw discrimination on the job or during the hiring process.
Where do we see discrimination?
Discrimination is either:
Bullying (Adults and Children alike)
Discriminating attitudes begin in our elementary schools. It begins with our parents, and our family environment. We are living examples of the "chips" we carry on our shoulders and these attitudes carry on into our adulthood buried in our subconscious. More often than not, we have placed a value on "other" people based on uninformed opinions and/or mass "groupthink" habits without giving much thought to the merits, the origins or the underlying facts. These are limiting behaviors that affect our personal and social progression.
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."
One is not born with hate, you have to be taught to hate!
We coexist, cohabitate and co-produce on a gigantic homogeneous planet and more often than not, we live "worlds apart" from each other, even in our own neighborhood. Our human species values and is awestruck by the diversity in nature but the nature of man is compartmentalized, dissected, segregated and in the discourse of history... it is physically or mentally exterminated. Our human nature is too easily coaxed into:
Highlighting or Ignoring Differences to denigrate/belittle
Are we drawing divisive conclusions on the folk wisdom of the day?
Are our dogmatic uninformed views shielding us, or impairing us?
The following was written by Vitruvius in 70-25 BC, relying on the racial theories of Posidonius:
"those races nearest to the southern half of the axis are of lower stature, with swarthy complexions, curly hair, black eyes and little blood on account of the sun. This poverty of blood makes them over-timid to stand up against the sword... On the other hand, men born in cold countries are indeed ready to meet the shock of arms with great courage and without timidity."
Does it have some of the same tones of today's rhetoric 2000 years later?
Are team members distracted by non value-add thoughts?
Does discrimination only include the stereotypical race, faith, gender or sexual orientation categories? The listing below shows a number of negative differentiating practices that people employ which affect morale, respect, productivity and engagement in our organizations.
Remember that what we do outside of the business environment, translates into the business environment directly, or indirectly!
You can tell she isn't American by how she speaks. Viewers to TV anchor: You talk funny
We are looking for a younger generation.
Our horoscopes are incompatible.
Beer vs. Wine
Those guys are stuck-up with their wine.
Blue Collar/White collar
She's management, and I am Union.
My brother gets more attention.
A dowry is required.
He hangs out with "that crowd."
You are better than I am.
His car is two years older than ours.
Your parents are laborers, so you will be a laborer.
Some of these attitudes begin in our school, at home and culminate in outright bullying in the workplace. Dan Olweus, creator of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, provides this commonly accepted definition for bullying in his book, Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do:"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."
This definition includes three important components:
Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.
Blue Eyes People Experiement With Children
Brown Eyes People Experiment With Adults
One may think it is cruel to do this experiment with impressionable children but what happens to adults in the course of an hour?
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety Health (NIOSH) (Sauter, et al.,1990), there is a loss of employment amounting to $19 billion and a drop in productivity of $3 billion due to workplace bullying.
"Though all society is founded on intolerance, all improvement is founded on tolerance."
George Bernard Shaw playwright, Nobel Prize and Oscar-winner
"White Privilege" is having comforts, entitlements, opportunities and capabilities that are NOT readily available to the majority.
What is White Privilege? Most on the "White" side say it does not exist. You earn your way through life is a common theme. Those on the other side of the White Club spectrum however say, I feel & see the injustice of White Privilege.
Older job applicants seek to emulate young competition.
Ageism is against the law, but many middle-aged workers believe it is
enough of an obstacle that they are undergoing cosmetic procedures such
as teeth whitening, Botox treatments and plastic surgery to look
Suit over 'Rent.'
Harassment and discrimination prevention training provided to Corona
del Mar High School students, teachers and administrators. (9/10/2009)
Christian Science Monitor
reports that a Pew study finds that 58 percent of Americans say Muslims
face "a lot" of discrimination. 64 percent say the same is true for
gays and lesbians, 35 percent for Jews and 27 percent for evangelical
Mensa Magazine, HR.com, Society for Diversity, CNN, Management World, National Management Association Breaktime and other publications
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The eyes believe themselves; the ears other people.
We judge ourselves by our motives and others by their actions.
Dwight Morrow, American businessman, ambassador and senator
If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President
Though all society is founded on intolerance, all improvement is founded on tolerance.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright
In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words; people, product and profits. People come first.
Lee Iaccoca, American businessman
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
Mother Teresa, Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic Missionary
Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires.
Jean de la Fontaine, French poet
The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't so.
Mark Twain, American author and humorist
If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking.
General George Patton Jr, World War II US Army Commander
I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.
Dudley Field Malone, American statesman and lawyer
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, Russian writer and pacifist
I can live for two months on a good compliment.
Mark Twain, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American author and humorist
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President
No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America - there are no "white" or "colored" signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.
John F. Kennedy, 35th US President
I pay the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys that educate my son.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philospher
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
Jonathan Swift, Anglo-Irish satirist and essayist
In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher
When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen you often learn something.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold onto two opposed ideas at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer
Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian pacifist and leader
I am more of a sponge than an inventor. I absorb ideas from every source. My principal business is giving commercial value to brilliant but misdirected ideas of others.
Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman
If we always view it from the same perspective, we will tend to notice the same things.
Frans Johansson, Author and businessman
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungarian physiologist
One can resist the invasion of armies; one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
Victor Hugo, French playwright and activist
Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer and historian
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President
You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman
The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.
Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist
The rich would have to eat money, but luckily the poor provide food.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard, American writer and philosopher