Poll: Have you, personally, ever been discriminated against?

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Hello my dear Escapees, your friendly Sister of Battle here.

So I've noticed that a lot of people in the world, and particularly on this site have a whole host of unique opinions and lifestyles, so through a long winding train of thought I began wondering if anyone of them had ever been discriminated against due to their beliefs, gender, lifestyle or even race. And I don't mean some guy saying "I hate all XXXXXXX" on the news, I mean someone personally judged and was biased against you, simply because of one factor of your life.

I personally have been shunned from a group of friends, not because of my gender(female), or my lifestyle(bisexual) or even my political party(not telling), but because of my god damn religion, and the fact that I have one. They hurled insults at me and generally began to avoid me or treat me like an idiot and THIS even happened a few times:
Person: Uhg, I'm having so much trouble with my (Psychology/Geology/Physics) homework.
Me: Oh, do you need some help?
Person: No, I don't want to offend your beliefs, you don't believe in this kind of stuff.

That didn't make me mad, that just hurt. This was a person I'd been friends with for months, he knew I had high grades in those class A's and B's.

Captcha: Good day. Why thank you Mr. Captcha ^^

Yup. Watching lots of anime and playing lots of video games is an easy way of becoming a social outcast in suburban New York.

And I guess you could say height, too. I get mocked for being shorter than most of my friends pretty often.

I have been based on my sexuality. As a bisexual in France I thought I was fine until I met someone at my school who told me that I was "going to burn in hell" and that he "hated me" despite having never met me. Following this he said that I "sickened" him. I felt terrible afterwards. Like...it legitimately got to me for a little while.

Yes. And growing up as a fat kid, you learn to live with it.

Cops asked me for a license when he pulled me over with the sirens, which would have been fine but I wasn't riding on a car. I was riding my bike, and going home to my house which he pulled me over next to it. When I went in my house he sat in front of my house in his car waiting for something to happen. I know it was raciest because how many white people would he pull over in the same neighbor hood when their on a bike and asking for a license and asking why don't you have one.

I'm a conservative so I'm regularly ripped on whilst on campus but I've never had the 'victim mentality' to actually be trodden down.

Im a white male, possibly the most discriminated demographic there is. By default I am racist, evil, a potential rapist, can't dance, prejudiced, uneducated, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and patriotic.

My attitude is to let those who discriminate you believe whatever the hell they want. In my experience, any attempt to educate those who believe I am not one of those things has been met with increased hostility. I say if someone calls me a Racist, Evil, Rhythmless Rapist, I will pat them lightly on the head and congratulate them for being so smart.

Several times. There were dozens and dozens of scholarships that I couldn't apply for because I'm a white male.

GigaHz:
Im a white male, possibly the most discriminated demographic there is. By default I am racist, evil, a potential rapist, can't dance, prejudiced, uneducated, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and patriotic.

My attitude is to let those who discriminate you believe whatever the hell they want. In my experience, any attempt to educate those who believe I am not one of those things has been met with increased hostility. I say if someone calls me a Racist, Evil, Rhythmless Rapist, I will pat them lightly on the head and congratulate them for being so smart.

Pretty much this. Have you ever actually done the whole head-patting thing? I did it once and I thought the guy was about to stroke out he was so pissed.

Yea, video games, being made fun of cause of my red hair if you count that, music i listen too. Also, surprisingly, I get shit at school all the time about not being religious and having atheist/naturalist views.

Generic Gamer:
I'm a conservative so I'm regularly ripped on whilst on campus but I've never had the 'victim mentality' to actually be trodden down.

I agree. I don't let what people say about me bother me. Because that's letting them win.

OT: Some people mock me for my somewhat Conservative Libertarian beliefs. But other than that, no. Not really.

I've been discriminated against because I didn't have any money, I am not an Adult, I am not cool and I am not attractive. You see???
I've been discriminated since I've been born, being treated like I was a baby!

As a BBC, I've been discriminated by Chinese people for being too English (I have the, what Oriental people call, 'Western eyes') and by the English for not being English enough (even though I speak it better than a lot of 'English' idiots I see about me...).

Arehexes:
Cops asked me for a license when he pulled me over with the sirens, which would have been fine but I wasn't riding on a car. I was riding my bike, and going home to my house which he pulled me over next to it. When I went in my house he sat in front of my house in his car waiting for something to happen. I know it was raciest because how many white people would he pull over in the same neighbor hood when their on a bike and asking for a license and asking why don't you have one.

Do you need a licence to ride a bike where you live? I would have told him to fuck off because here they need probable cause to do anything, so I would have just told him that he didn't have probable cause and went into my house. If he tried to stop me, I would have threatened a lawsuit.

Oh yeah. My teachers used to keep me away from the rest of the class because I was "a violent risk".

I was actually just a goth kid at the time who had the tendency to fight back and win. But of course, because I was the lone goth, its simply easier for them to isolate me rather than five other kids.

I don't blame them for doing it, but it was bullshit.

Guess that makes it a lifestyle thing. Not that I care. Idiots will be idiots and will always find some poor sap to try and single out. I'm just glad it was me and not some kid who would have gotten his face rearranged.

Yes. In 6th grade I was called a terrorist bomber from Iraq. I'm Guatemalan, by the way.

spartan231490:

Arehexes:
Cops asked me for a license when he pulled me over with the sirens, which would have been fine but I wasn't riding on a car. I was riding my bike, and going home to my house which he pulled me over next to it. When I went in my house he sat in front of my house in his car waiting for something to happen. I know it was raciest because how many white people would he pull over in the same neighbor hood when their on a bike and asking for a license and asking why don't you have one.

Do you need a licence to ride a bike where you live? I would have told him to fuck off because here they need probable cause to do anything, so I would have just told him that he didn't have probable cause and went into my house. If he tried to stop me, I would have threatened a lawsuit.

Don't need a license to ride a bike where I live, his only reason is a black guy in a leather coat and shades riding in a white neighborhood if i had to haze a guess. Still pissed me off to no end.

I was bullied throughout middle school for being "too feminine" and not being interested in girls(to be fair, I had no sexual interest in anything). I'm genderqueer and asexual, so while the second could count as "sexual preference", the first isn't quite the same as "sexually".

Yep, all because of the colour of my hair and my tastes in music and the fact I play video games. But it's who I am, and if people at my school couldn't accept a ginger girl who enjoys metal music and playing videos games, well, they can go fuck themselves. I learned to live with it and ignore the comments they made. And now that I've left school, hopefully I've left all of that behind as well.

So many people have the "All Christians are retarded" mentality. It's quite silly, actually

I've always been treated like a retard by customers at my first two jobs since, you know, they let retards run cash registers and regularly handle money. (Food Service... work it for a year)

My dad came out of the closet when I was 9, and "Like father like son, lolololol", I routinely got beat up for being gay, despite the fact that I am straight and find the idea of gay sex disgusting (the "something I will never do" kind of disgusting)

Oh, and I was constantly brought into the guidance office for making violent threats towards people (mainly the ones that picked on me for the above), and I was routinely told "This isn't worth shooting the school up over"

Some asshole was throwing broken pencil pieces at me while the teacher was out of the classroom. When does the teacher come back in? After I flip the desk over and am shouting "STOP OR I WILL FUCKING KILL YOU!"

EDIT: I've had a bible thrown at me for telling a catholic guy selling bibles that I was Agnostic.

Based on my lifestyle, I suppose. I got a lot of crap for being a metalhead when I was younger(though to be honest, I'd mock myself if I saw that version of me today). It wasn't too bad. Some people spat after me and a few shouted stuff/laughed, but wouldn't you know it; when I grew up to be almost two meters tall and got a pretty dangerous wibe over me I haven't been bothered even once since.

Well i'm what they call a "ginger" so yes i have been descriminated, not seriously but in a joking manner.

White guy in China, so pretty much constantly.

Not all bad though, the ladies love the blue eyes.

thejackyl:

Some asshole was throwing broken pencil pieces at me while the teacher was out of the classroom. When does the teacher come back in? After I flip the desk over and am shouting "STOP OR I WILL FUCKING KILL YOU!"

It would have helped your case if you weren't so dramatic and violent about it. Plus, flipping a desk over makes a lot of noise where as throwing pencils does not. It's just common sense. The teacher would have to be pretty terrible to not react to an outburst like that.

Been turned down for a job and shot once, by which I mean a .22 rifle, for being white, another job for being a white male and got thrown out of a public highschool for refusing to pray. I also find terms like Reverse-racism to in fact be racist. Is there not some irony to the idea that the term racism only applies to certain races?
Anyway I personally believe we are all racist, the only real difference is our mentality about those who are different from us.

I have had in 1-2 cases lightly, one apperance and one an attack on my opinions.

Ok so I'm white,25, male average high and and like most people here am hopefully from a generation that is more open minded than most.!

I was once picked on for my long hair outside a pub once some guys thought it would be funny to shout the names of all the long hair singers they cold think of while boxing me in and 1-2 times grabing chunks of hair..!!! nothing prior never meet them and never seen them before/since in my life.

The second for me was the strangest incident of homophobia I have yet to encounter in my life.

Now I'm not gay but am more than happy to make jokes and play the fool ect with friends, this weekend actually we spent it gaming and all slept in the same room ect.. my opinion is to each their own I simply dont want it thrust in my face..!

I used to leave Skype open to anyone to call me, it was a laugh and I actually ended up making a few friends, however I ended up talking to a 20 something guy in Mexico who was SO 100% DEAD AGAINST Gays he want them to not be seen in public, and said the idea of two men holding hands/kissing in public makes him physically sick, after about 30 min of trying to explain that I didn't mind it but was not gay I had to accept defeet that he labled me gay as well and logged off. :P

Oh well.

When I was younger on occasion I got ridiculed for my appearance. Not looking normal and all (born with a cleft lip and palate). Doesn't happen much now but I still get a lot of questions about "what happened to your lip/nose" and what not.

Yeah, actually, it DID happen once. An employee of Lotus Foods asked me to leave when I was perusing the store. Asian food store and I was curious. Pardon me for seeing if I wanted to do business there. I guess you hate money.

Hm not really.

I had one totally weird occurance though:

I was applying for a job/training in IT. Sent my documents in (Grades, Diplomas, and of course "curriculum vitae". So the guy KNEW what i had and had not done)

So i got invited to an interview. So then he asked if i had served in the military (I had not, and he should have known about it). I said: "No, i haven't". And the guy totally flipped out accusing me of "not having control over my life" and not being strong enough. (For an IT job???)

This went one for like a minute or two. I totally didn't know what to say. He then saw one of his employees coming back from a job. "That man. (Name i forgot, no matter) HE has control. GOOD MAN, Reliable, He was in the Military". He looked like he would have continued to insult me for hours.

I was just totally perplex (And i was young and not as badass as i am now). So i just said something like "Yeah, sure. Well, bye" and left.

Null-Entity:

I was once picked on for my long hair outside a pub once some guys thought it would be funny to shout the names of all the long hair singers they cold think of while boxing me in and 1-2 times grabing chunks of hair..!!! nothing prior never meet them and never seen them before/since in my life.

I hope you at least took the hint and shaved off your hippy hair after that :P

GigaHz:

thejackyl:

Some asshole was throwing broken pencil pieces at me while the teacher was out of the classroom. When does the teacher come back in? After I flip the desk over and am shouting "STOP OR I WILL FUCKING KILL YOU!"

It would have helped your case if you weren't so dramatic and violent about it. Plus, flipping a desk over makes a lot of noise where as throwing pencils does not. It's just common sense. The teacher would have to be pretty terrible to not react to an outburst like that.

Never said it was smart for me to flip the desk. But that's not the worst thing he's done (The classmate, not the teacher) Here's something from a different thread:

I was getting shards of GLASS thrown at me, so I got up and demanded to be let off. The driver refused, and I attempted to get off anyways (since we were still in the High School parking lot), the driver just held the door closed. While I was up front the bastard threw another shard of glass. I ended up kicking the door open (which snapped the locking mechanism)

The driver wrote me up, and even brought the security tape into the principal, show how I "kicked the door, completely unprovoked", when I was asked, "what do you have to say for yourself?" I told him to rewind about 20 seconds. He did, and one shard of glass was thrown at my head. I stood up and walked to the front asking to be let off, and AS I WAS ASKING the bastard threw another.

Long story short: My punishment = permanantly kicked off the bus, Driver's punishment, fired,. Asshat who threw the glass, nothing. They "couldn't see his face" despite the camera looking towards him.

Again, I could've gone about it without breaking something, but this needed some extremity to it, since the asshole wasn't going to let me off the bus, and was going to let the kid continue to throw glass at me.

When I was about 3-4 years old we moved to a small town in Iowa. On the way to school every mourning, there were teenagers across the street who keep yelling "N****R!!" and other racial remarks. It was funny, because at the time, I didn't know what the word was. So I keep calling people that, because I thought it was a sign of friendship. That didn't last long.

By the way, how come we can only choose one option?

as surprising as it is i was discriminated against by one of my english professors for being a male.. She was a massive feminist and since i was one of the only guys in the class she always lowered my grade because of it.

Well I am pale with a shaved head, so yeah. You know whats funny, only white people have a problem with it. I have never had any other race care. Coming home from work one day when a van pulled up next to me. My first reaction was to not care and I kept on walking home. Had 4 white guys step out and they starting screaming at me from a far. For some reason I wanted to get in a fight and I knew I could take these guys no problem. Preaching to me about how all skin heads must die and that I was a racist piece of crap. could care less what people think about me and just because I have a shaved head, doesn't make me racist. Remember sticking my keys between my knuckles and started advancing on them. They all looked like white upper class to me and I just wanted to hurt something. Soon as I started coming towards them, they jumped back in the van and sped off. Of course what made this even funnier is that a black guy wanted to help me, go figure.

Yes, being an atheist in a class where everyone is a fundamentalist muslim meant never having any friends, told every day that i would go too hell and of cource to top off with, having to bypass the theory of evoloution in biology as they all cried out that it was a lie.
In Denmark off all places!

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