Discrimination is defined a differential treatment based on unfair categorization. It is a denial of fairness prompted by prejudice. Forms of discrimination include racism, classism, sexism, ageism, and homophobia.

Definitions

  • Stereotype:
    An oversimplified generalization about a person or group of people without regard for individual differences. Stereotypes may be positive or negative. They are often applied inaccurately when making judgments about an individual.
  • Prejudice:
    An attitude, opinion, or feeling without adequate prior knowledge, thought, or reason.

How You Can Protect Our Pride

  • Be prepared. At some point you will hear or see something that is discriminatory. Know what you will say or do.
  • Point out the behavior to help someone hear what he or she is really saying. Clear, concise statements work well.
  • Draw a line. You can't control others, but you can make them aware of what you will not tolerate. You can walk away from a situation to make a point.
  • Understand your own biases and come to terms with them.
  • Be respectful of all individuals and their viewpoints.
  • Learn what individuals' lives are like and the experiences they have had.
  • Accept that you are responsible for any of your negative reactions.
  • Don't rush the process of trying to understand a person's experiences or identity.
  • Don't criticize people for being different.
  • Don't force your values on others.
  • Develop trust and openness and allow people to be who they are without pressure or judgment.