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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?

  • Lending
  • Pay
  • Housing
  • Promotions
  • Service organizations
Discrimination is either:
  • Direct
  • Indirect or...
  • Bullying (Adults and Children alike)
  • Harassment

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."
Albert Einstein

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:

  • Stereotyping
  • Assuming
  • Inflexibility
  • Highlighting or Ignoring Differences to denigrate/belittle
  • Discrimination & Prejudice

Article 1 of the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."

  • 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!

ID Type Example
1 Accents You can tell she isn't American by how she speaks. Viewers to TV anchor: You talk funny
2 Age We are looking for a younger generation.
3 Astrology sign Our horoscopes are incompatible.
4 Beer vs. Wine Those guys are stuck-up with their wine.
5 Blue Collar/White collar She's management, and I am Union.
6 Boy/Girl #1 My brother gets more attention.
7 Boy/Girl #2 A dowry is required.
8 Association He hangs out with "that crowd."
9 Caan/Abel You are better than I am.
10 Capitalist/Socialist Capitalism rules!
11 Car His car is two years older than ours.
12 Caste Your parents are laborers, so you will be a laborer.
13 Citizenship/Immigration Get out; you're not American!
14 Color Ku Klux Klan. KKK Leader disputes hate label.
15 Company I am better than you because I work for X.
16 Credit I understand your plight, but your delinquencies years ago are still appearing.
17 Degree Chiropractors have more medical training than regular doctors.
18 Direct vs. Subtle Ignore her, and she will go away.
19 Disability We need able-bodied persons.
20 Documented vs. "Illegals" They are from the other side of the border.
21 Dress Got a beanie, Get Out! Mortons asks cancer patient to leave because of beanie
22 Education/Schools I am in a priviledged school, you are not. Government Report says American schools are racist
23 Ethnicity No spicks wanted.
24 Employment I have a job; you don't. LinkedIn member response to job seeker
25 Familial / Marital Status Divorced people have a stigma.
26 Family vs. In-laws It's your family that's the problem.
27 Generation/Heritage I will always hate you for the deeds of the past.
28 Genitalia Circumcised or female genitalia mutilation (FGM) is a sign of honor.
29 Grudges Your great granddaddy killed my grandfather's goat.
30 Have's and Have-Not's The Jones' have outdone us again.
31 Healthy vs. Afflicted Lepers should be outcast.
32 Heritage You're a Palestinian!
33 Hobbies/Habits I would never associate with a vermiculturist!
34 Incest or Rape He/She has been "used."
35 Industrialist/Environmentalist Profit trumps nature.
36 Introvert/Extrovert She is way too talkative.
37 IQ Only the intellectual are allowed.
38 Parents vs. Childless You have no appreciation for family responsibilities.
39 Label Can you believe he wears generic label clothes?
40 Laborer vs. Professional I am a sophisticated learned individual that doesn't soil his hands.
41 Language I don't understand your English.
42 Liberal vs. Conservative We only want free thinkers.
43 Looks She isn't cute enough to be in our mix.
44 Medical We do not accept your pre-condition.
45 Military My branch is better than yours.
46 Musical Tastes Classical music differentiates the refined.
47 Name/Surname He has a funny name which I cannot pronounce.
48 National Origin We don't employ Afghans.
49 Naturalized vs. Native Born You're not a genuine, natural patriot!
50 Neighborhood You are from the ghetto!
51 Organization We stick together.
52 Parents/Orphaned I am loved more than you.
53 Politics Republicans rule!
54 Position I am more important than you.
55 Position/Hierarchy Only the big bosses eat in there.
56 Prey/Predator in Business He's from that good-for-nothing competitor.
57 Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice No baby killers allowed.
58 Public vs. Private Institution We are public-serving, not money-centric.
59 Race Whites only. High School cancels Football due to Racial Slurs
60 Rebel vs. Loyalist You're just a company man.
61 Religion/Faith Christians go home. Arizona passes bill to allow denial of service based on faith
62 Right Brain Thinker You're an arty-fartsy, touchy-feely thinker.
63 Rural/Urban I don't associate with rednecks.
64 Sex/Gender Only men promoted here. Novartis, $152M to 5,000 women
65 Sexual orientation Don't ask; don't tell. Football Coach And Teacher Fired For Being Gay
66 Socio-Economic We are rich and live on this side of the tracks.
67 South/North, East/West She's from down South, in the Bible Belt.
68 Sport Fan All other teams suck.
69 Subtle He looks funny. Stay away.
70 Successful/Layman I went to school; you didn't.
71 Talent Sorry, you are overqualified.
72 Talker vs. Quiet He is so conceited; she is so meek.
73 Thin vs. Heavy It's disgusting to see someone so fat. Abercrombie Plus-Size Shoppers
74 Type A vs. Type B You have such a carefree personality.
75 Wealth Only the elite allowed.
76 Winner/Loser We beat them last year. They are losers.

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:

  1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
  2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
  3. 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

"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.



See my article here

Discrimination discussion still persisting today:

"There are two primary choices in life:
to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them."
Denis Waitley
American motivational speaker and writer


Traditional Discrimination Types

Ableism,  Afrocentrism,  Ageism,  American Exceptionalism,  Androcentrism,  "Asian Fetish",  Bigotry,  Biphobia,  Black Supremacy,  Colorism,  Cronyism,  Economic,  Ethnocentrism,  Eugenics,  Genetic (Genism),  Gynocentrism,  Heterophobia,  Homophobia,  Institutional,  Lesbophobia,  Linguicism,  Lookism,  Mentalism,  Misandry,  Misanthropy,  Misogyny,  Oppression,  Pediophobia,  Prejudice,  Racialism,  Racism,  Religious Intolerance,  Reverse-Discrimination,  Scientific,  Sexism,  Sizeism,  Stereotype,  Supremacism,  Transphobia,  Triumphalism,  Xenophobia.

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The eyes believe themselves; the ears other people.
German Proverb

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.
Jaren Sparks

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.
Russian Proverb

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher

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