Discrimination has been an issue in our society for many years now, and it saddens me with the advancement in technologies and social media, there’s still not much we can do about it. Or at least that’s what I’ve thought. But then I think again and I realize that there’s power in speaking out, in educating people about the different stereotypes that eventually lead to discrimination, and so I’m here to teach you guys what I have learnt about discrimination.
What is discrimination? Discrimination is “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex”, which is the first result one can find when they google that question. And this confuses me, because if one can easily find the meaning of discrimination on the Google, then why do we still have people saying that they had absolutely no idea they were discriminating someone else? Like I said, discrimination has been something that’s been a problem in the society, be it in looks, gender, sexual orientation or religion. Anything, really. Discrimination is more than just the feeling of dislike. Usually, discrimination stems from the need to show who’s more better, more stronger, more amazing. I mean, think of it this way: Why do the jocks always pick on the nerds? It’s because the jocks want to make themselves feel better, feel more powerful, knowing that they have complete control over the rest of the school. And that’s what is going on in the society.
Discrimination is when you attacked a whole bunch of innocent Muslims for the crimes of one misguided Muslim. Discrimination is when you spew horrible names at a person who just came out and admitted he was gay, because stereotypes taught you that for some reason, gay people reduces your masculinity. Discrimination is when you refuse to teach that one mentally challenged kid in your class because you think he’s hopeless. Discrimination is when you use your stereotypical thoughts about a whole group of people and attack someone innocent.
Now that you understand what exactly is discrimination, how do we stop it? Can we even stop it? Will there ever be a world where discrimination does not exist? I wish. But we can prevent it, we can reduce its horrible impact that it has on the society. Where do you start? You start by speaking out. When you see someone tweeting about it, speak out. When you see someone (even a complete stranger) being bullied because of this, help out. Get involved. I’m not asking you to get into fights or arguments, but I am telling you to get involved. Because, for the love of God, those people who are being discriminated? They need to know that the whole world doesn’t hate them. Those Muslim kids need to know that if they walk in a crowded shopping centre, they won’t be beaten to pulp just for being Muslim, because there are people who would support them. That teenage girl need to know that she won’t be cyber-bullied when it’s time for her to tell the world that she’s a lesbian. We need the world to know that there are still good people here who are willing to help. All you need is to speak up, and by God, speak up loudly.