ENGL - 2030 - 10
November 28, 2012
Discrimination Within Discrimination
What defines us as humans? What element separates us humans from other living organisms? Is it the ability to walk upright that deems us unique compared to other living organisms? Or is it the ability to grab and use objects with our opposable thumbs that deem us unique? Maybe it is the ability to communicate with others? Although there are many factors that allows us human beings to be unique compared to other living organisms, the power of love and the level that humans express love is what allows us to differentiate ourselves completely from other living organisms like animals. In an ideal world, we would imagine a world with an abundance of love for one another. Our world however, is the exact opposite. A species that can express love unlike any other species of living organisms, unfortunately, can also express hate unlike any other species of living organisms. This hate that has rooted so deep within our society grows from one very powerful element embedded within our human nature: our tendency to discriminate. Unfortunately, the roots of discrimination which are seeded by hate are so deep within our society that most of us fail to realize that discrimination is everywhere. You would assume that discrimination exists through broad spectrums: discrimination of race, religion, gender, and different beliefs. However, even within these spectrums, hate has infected our society so deep within that discrimination exists even within united groups. This infection level of hate-induced discrimination causes our world to act as a prison, only the bars are missing.
On the surface, discrimination exists within four very broad spectrums: discrimination of race, religion, gender, and discrimination of different beliefs. Underneath these categories, discrimination infects and thrives within them, and are all connected to each other. It is hate and or the lack of love that causes discrimination to exist. In our modern world, it is not “us versus them”, “christianity vs catholicism”, “girls versus boys”, etc. Although it seems to be “us versus them”, people of the modern world has separated themselves from others to the point where it is “me versus all”: “my religion versus your religion”, “my beliefs versus yours”. This constant separation is the core reason as to why discrimination exists through hate.
An example of how deep hate has rooted within our society to cause this discrimination through our own separation from others is within gender. The most discussed gender discrimination is between, well the only two genders: women against men. Many men tend to believe that “women have NOT made that many contributions” towards society not because they haven’t, but only because men's “egos are so fragile that we believe that by giving women the credit they deserve, we are also admitting their equal footing in this country” (Ferroni). This unreasonable belief that demoting mens’ status down to women being unbearable demonstrates the discrimination between the two genders. But what of the same genders? What could cause discrimination within the same gender? Out of the many factors, one factor that is most discussed in the modern world is the discrimination of one’s sexuality. Recently, a petition collected “300,000 signatures asking the organization” - the Boy Scouts - “to end its ban on gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders.” (Graddick). This demonstrates how sexuality is a factor that can separate people and cause them to discriminate even against their own genders. Whether it is the same gender or a different gender, it is evident that discrimination exists within genders as a whole, demonstrating how deep hate has seeded itself within modern society.
Another example where discrimination exists in a broad spectrum is discrimination of others beliefs and religions. In the modern day, with many different religions around the...