Dis·crim·i·na·tion


Definition: The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.  
Or, in our personal definition, something that should happen no longer.


Some people think they are superior because of how they look and what they believe. Discrimination is thinking that someone is superior because of their appearance and belief. America’s history is full of discrimination. African Americans were slaves because of their skin color until the Union won the Civil War. California’s first governor wanted to kill all of the Native Americans. Women were not allowed to vote until 1920, when the Nineteenth Amendment was passed. Discrimination is still happening. A direct form of discrimination is harassment. Harassment can involve gestures, mocking jokes, or threats.


 People are judged by their appearance, but they should be judged by their words, personality, and emotions. People are as different on the inside as they are on the outside. An activist for African American rights, Martin Luther King Jr., said, “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” He hoped that people would look at his children as equals, even though their skin was dark.


 Stereotypes are opinions about all the people that can be categorized in a certain way. Stereotypes are a cowardly and indirect form of discrimination. Stereotypes are often in rumors. During World War II, General Dewitt spread a rumor that Japanese Americans were working with Japan to attack America. He thought that because some Japanese people had bombed Hawaii, all people with Japanese ancestry were plotting to help Japan attack the coast. His quote is, “A Jap’s a Jap. There is no way to determine their loyalty… This coast is too vulnerable. No Jap should come back to this coast except on a permit from my office.” It is unfair that people are judged by their race, gender or culture. Women were not given a vote. There were no women at the meeting to create California’s constitution. Minorities are still fighting for their rights. In California, there is a Women’s March and a Black Lives Matter March.


 Everyday things like conversations matter too. People can stand up to bullies discriminating and try to make friends with people of different races, genders, and cultures.

How Racism Affected History:


Racism is discrimination by one's race. People who are racist think they are superior to other races. They think they are higher up on a hierarchy that doesn’t exist; it only exists in their minds. But we are all equal. Nobody is higher than anyone else, so people shouldn’t discriminate against others because of their race.

When the transcontinental railroad in the United States was built, most of the workers were Chinese in the Central Pacific Railroad. The Chinese weren’t cared for; they were expected to work and die. They were given the hardest and most dangerous jobs. The company fed the white workers, but the Chinese workers had to bring their own food. They were discriminating against the Chinese just because of their race. Another example is during the California Gold rush when the white miners discriminated against the Chinese miners. The Chinese miners could only mine where white miners had already mined. Also during this time, the Chinese had to pay higher taxes than the Americans and they were a target for violent attacks. That’s racist. So don’t discriminate against others because of their race.


Culture:

Native Americans used all of their resources. Their food, buffalos were used in everyday life. The bones were used as hunting tools, the skin used as clothing, and the meat was food. They had many religions, they told many stories based on these religions. They were very strong. They ate beans, rice, tomatoes, peppers, peanuts, and avocados. Because of this, they were very healthy. There are 56  ethnic groups in China. Usually, each group has its own costumes, festivals, and customs.  Some groups even have different marriage customs. Chinese used herbal medicines, acupuncture and exercise. They both are interesting cultures and there should be no reason to discriminate against them.

   
Conclusion:

Nelson Mandela once said “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." Normally the reason for discrimination is a certain difference about a person or animal that someone dislikes. Some people only think that discrimination is based on differences in skin color. Discrimination is not just skin color, but also cultural, ethnic, religious, and political beliefs. Why would a humanly decent person hate someone for their skin color, cultural, ethnic, religious, or political beliefs? That would be because they are not humanly decent. According to Nelson Mandela, they haven't learned to love, only to hate; not to give, only to take. That is not all people though; some just grew up in areas like that or had role models like that. Some people grow out of their discriminatory ways, but some stay like that until they die. Some people think discrimination is judgment toward minorities, but discrimination is taking superiority over others because of their differences. To love, and hate, or give, and take; all should be welcome in the wonderful world of difference. To make a difference, we, people, can introduce new characters of anti-discrimination. If you are hiding your opinion, make a voice, create your own sound of no discrimination. Help a bullied person who was discriminated against; Give the bully a lesson on respect. Make a change, create a difference, have a voice.

How we can stop discrimination:
If you see someone left out or lonely, reach out to them. People shouldn’t bully or harass others because they are different. Everyone is different. We are all unique. We are all special in our own way. No matter rich, poor, white, or black. So don’t discriminate people because of their race, gender, or culture.








In this image, the blue people are dancing happily. The orange person is
 extremely sad; he was not allowed to dance because he is orange.




The red person is very sad. The white people sent him away like he had no brain, heart, or emotion.
Discrimination photos





In this image there is a group of blue people and they are being kind by letting the orange person in the circle.











-California's first governor was racist

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The Woman's March

-The Chinese were discriminated against in the California Gold Rush


-Woman's voting rights

-Chinese culture

-Discrimination for kids


-Rosa Parks refused to follow the racist rules

-The history of Native Americans





This image shows racial discrimination because the Chinese were expected to work and die while building the railroad. Since there were so many Chinese people, discriminatory people thought they could “easily be replaced.” No human being should be treated like a piece of trash that could be thrown away. These Chinese were treated like a disposable plastic water bottle along with a lot of other Chinese over time.






This image shows gender discrimination because the women are earning less money than the men. Women have been paid less simply because they are women. Little girls have be stereotyped as in they like pink, or they always play with Barbies. One of the worst stereotypes is that women should stay home to cook and clean. Women have been treated like second class citizens. They are expected to act proper and act like everything is fine in the world. Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Nature intended women to be our slaves. They are our property.” No one should be treated as women slaves.


 


Black people were racially discriminated against by being forced to use “colored” restrooms. “Colored” restrooms were set aside specifically for African Americans because white and black people weren't allowed to use the same restrooms. Black people and white people were segregated from each other because they were “too different” from one another, even though they are all humans. The only difference was, and still is, their skin color. Skin color shouldn’t matter. People should be judged on how they act, and not on how they look.






Rosa Parks influenced thoughts on African Americans by refusing to follow rules. African American people were treated less than human just because of their ethnicity. Rosa Parks was ordered to give up her seat in the front of the bus for a white person. She refused and was arrested. This encouraged other African Americans to fight for their rights.












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