DIS(CRIME)INATION

Discrimination, is the widely used term that recognizes the prejudicial and differentiating treatment of an individual based on socially perceived classes.  These categories can range anywhere from; age, race, gender, sexual orientation and even religion.  This reaction is so embedded in the way society thinks, that even people who are considered minorities discriminate against others within the same minority group.  Bell Hooks, author of SISTERHOOD: Political Solidarity Between Women, points out several times that there is still not a firm solidarity amongst women.  One of her arguments deals with the issues of racism.  “Racism is another barrier to solidarity between women.  The ideology of Sisterhood as expressed by contemporary feminist activists indicated no acknowledgement that racist discrimination, exploitation, and oppression of multi-ethnic women by white women had made it impossible for the two groups to feel they shared common interests or political concerns.”

As a woman of mixed race, I have personally dealt with the harsh realities of discrimination and racism, in its truest form.  It has even gone as far as, a young white male jumping out of his truck, with a noose, screaming he was going to “hang all the niggers.”  While discrimination can be extremely damaging to one’s psyche, I cannot dispel the fact that those occurrences helped to shape my beliefs, and what I stand for today.

Hooks, Bell. “Sisterhood: Political Solidarity Between Women.” JSTOR. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2010.

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