Stereotyping and Discrimination

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Umbrella Topic: Stereotyping and Discrimination
Specific Topic: The root cause of Discrimination
Question: What is the root cause of discrimination, society or self? Thesis statement: Society may influence discrimination, but discrimination comes from a person’s need to elevate self-worth. Dominant Mode: Definition: Exemplification and analogy

It was our Freshmen Orientation day at the university. I was with my new found friends and we were reacting to the presentations that each organization was presenting. One of the speakers of a particular organization had a particular accent and was wearing a “not-so-typical-trying-hard-to-be-hip” attire, while trying but failing to speak and act cool at the same time.

“Korny nito parang bisaya!” I quipped, trying to solicit a good laugh from my new friends.

“Bakit? Bisaya ako!”, my classmate quickly replied, with a slightly provoked tone.

“Wala lang!” I quickly said, trying to dismiss the issue as if nothing happened.

Coming from a province in central Luzon, it was normal for me to use those remarks and most of the time the crowd I am with will erupt with laughter. But it was not that time. Deep inside, my heart sunk. I felt so bad and so small compared to the bigger world that I am slowly being a part of. That was my first lesson on discrimination. The bigger your world gets, the more real the issue of discrimination becomes.

Wikipedia defines discrimination as "the prejudicial treatment of an individual based on his or her membership - or perceived membership - in a certain group or category." (Wikipedia), with the keywords: prejudice and category. The bigger your circle gets, the more categories you get exposed to, and the more people falling on different categories. Being one of the top schools in the country, I should’ve expected that students from different parts of the country who are part of these different categories.

But soon I would realize that it wasn’t just me who was...
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