- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2009
@daniellemybelle: I think it is unwise and potentially dangerous to say, “All discrimination is created equal.” Discrimination against the underpriviledged, the disadvantaged, the systematically unserved has much more potential for harm. It contributes to the very serious problems in our society.
I wholeheartedly agree. And I honestly don’t understand what serious harm to society “reverse discrimination” presents. As this poster suggested, you cannot be subjected to racism unless you are in the cultural minority. As a white woman, I feel like I’m justified in discussing issues I’ve faced in gender discrimination, but I cannot begin to understand what racism truly feels like. I have never had someone follow me around a store because I “looked like a criminal”, I’ve never been denied a bank loan or a job because of my cultural identity, and I’ve never had to walk into a classroom, job, or other situation where I felt like others were looking at me with suspicion.
I have a friend from college who is now working on his PhD in sociology. It is through many discussions over the past several years which have helped highlight how naive my understanding of the pervasive effects of racism in modern society. I also have a professor at my graduate school who has devoted a good chunk of his research into “terror management theory” – applicable to the current state of society in the US. Basically, the more we are reminded of terrorism and threats to self-integrity, the more likely we are to mistrust outgroup “others.”
This is a very long thread, and I admittedly haven’t read every page, but how did this thread go from discussing issues in racism to pictures of pets and food? Not to be rude, but I think by trying to made light out of this situation you may have unintentionally hurt the feelings of bees who have faced racism in the past.