"Action based on prejudice or racist beliefs that results in unfair treatment of individuals or groups; unjust conditions in areas such as employment, housing and education." - Museum of Tolerance
There are many terrible examples of discrimination, such as the Holocaust, the KKK, Homophobia, Women's equal rights, etc.
The denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups because of prejudice or for other arbitrary reasons.
A Japanese American who is promoted to a management position may still be a victim of discrimiation if he or she had been passed over for years because of corporate reluctance to place an Asian American in a highly visible position. ISBN: 0130418692
Etymological definition: To note or perceive differences between things. (Strictly speaking "discrimination" makes no mention of race, gender, nor disability; nor does it make mention of placing one thing at a disadvantage to another.)
White Unicorn definition: Any policy that treats people equally regardless of race, gender, or disability.
Real world definition: Any policy that doesn't place white males at an extreme unfair disadvantage.
Equivalently, any policy that doesn't specifically mention race and gender in the context of "protected minorities receive X benefits", where X is greater than those received by white males.
In the real world, any policy based strictly on academic merit, financial status, or any other non-race based trait, even those claimed by tolerance experts to not be correlated to race, is discriminatory unless it specifically allots a handicap to women and non-whites.
Dictionary nerds: The act of selecting toothpaste based on each item's price and advertised benefits is an example of discrimination.
What the media wants you to think: A bunch of people of all races and genders holding hands around a 1000 year old tree is the ideal discrimination-free environment.
What's really happening: Michigan placed a ban on using race and gender as a factor in college admissions. While this seems like the ultimate move in preventing discrimination, as it would be impossible to discriminate based on race or gender if these factors were absent in a college application, the measure was struck down by a federal court.
They claimed the policy harms minorities and is unconstitutional; as it would then also be impossible to give PREFERENTIAL treatment to minorities as well.
The more you know.
1 a : the act of discriminating b : the process by which two stimuli differing in some aspect are responded to differently
2 : the quality or power of finely distinguishing
3 a : the act, practice, or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually b : prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment <racial discrimination>
Hannah recently became manager of a software development company. She believes that she can boost sales and productivity by hiring a younger, more tech-savvy marketing representative, despite the fact that Antonio, the company's current marketing rep, has done superb work. Antonio recently completed a highly successful ad blitz that generated much industry-wide buzz and attracted numerous new clients. Hannah fires Antonio, who is 62 and close to retirement age anyway, she reasons, and replaces him with Cheyenne, a 35-year-old marketing whiz. Hannah discriminated against Antonio by firing him because of his age. Now thats what I call Discrimination...
The act of observing the differences and making distinctions between multiple objects, groups, people, ect.
Federal law requires retailers to discriminate between persons under the age of 18, and person 18 and over when selling firearms.
Bob used the large signs outside each of the 2 gas stations when he was attempting to discriminate which station sold cheaper gas.
Keisha was practicing discrimination when she chose chocolate ice cream over the haggis flavoered ice cream
When YouTube doesn't allow you watch a video because you don't live in the U.S.
Boy 1: "yo, [YouTube] won't let me watch this vid, bro. It says it's not available in my country"
Boy 2: "That's cuz you don't live in the U.S. Man. [Bloody] discrimination these days"
The passing of Prop 8.
Hey I heard California passed Prop 8! What a bunch of fucktards! Fuck this discrimination, I'm moving...