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

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I've been treated like crap by a lot of people due to my lack of religion, but more personally another way. I went for an interview for a firefighter position in a suburb of Detroit. I we were required to take a test prior to the interview. We all got there and were waiting patiently. A Captain from the dept. came in and said "We only have positions available to black females." No one in the room was a black female and we all left.

I'm quite a small guy, so quite use to discrimination solely upon that. Being a Scot and growing up in England meant I also got some flak from that angle. That and now the fact I sound Scottish to English people and English to Scots doesn't really help at all.

SckizoBoy:

LOL, yeah, that'd get them off balance. And that is, unfortunately, true, you get all sorts everywhere. Still, we spoke about that incident and he thought he should have just snapped back, 'Yes, I am, so what's your point?!' Ah well...

And perhaps you could greet them by saying 'How do you do, ignoramus?' =P

Tell your friend that the next time they do that, he should act like he is at a restaurant and they are trying to take his order but he only came there because he wants a refund, however the sauce was so good he decided to give it another chance. Tell him that he should insist that last time the cat was terrible, have him say "NO CAT" repeatedly,(this is important) and when they look at him like he has lost his mind he has to insist, "NO ! NO CAT ! I MEAN IT ! every single time I come here! it's always cat! Your cat is terrible!" Make it out like he is trying to haggle for... dog or something, it's really not important what. And just go with it from there.

The goal of this game is to act like they owe you for something that didn't happen, because the food was so bad you either deserve a refund or something better to eat. Oh, and make sure that it's one of your "foreign devil" friends doing it, for that extra mind fuck.

SckizoBoy:

Gordominus:
Sounds like you and I have the same problem buddy though I've never heard of this "Western eyes" thing. Ever heard of a banana? Haha, yeh that. By the standards of BBCs my Cantonese is pretty good (I was FORBIDDEN to speak English at home as a child). I suppose it's always difficult living in a country where you have a different skin colour from the native population wherever that may be.
I also get strange looks from holding hands with an Indian girl. Thankfully the family is OK with it!

The 'western eyes' thingy is when they're slightly deeper set and the ridges of the eyelids are more well defined... or something like that.

And I heard the term 'twinky' though I think that's more of an American term, same meaning though. But damn, your folks were harsh, I got elocution lessons in English as a kid, and invariably spoke a weird medley of Chinglish (and still do).

Anyway, that's a not oft seen pairing (Chinese + Indian), and just as well your family sounds like mine in that regard. Me and my sisters have only ever had white other halves and our parents are a-OK with it. If we were in our parents' generation, man, we would've had to leave home and change our identities. I think some British Chinese people are still like that. *brrr*

Still, how's your written Chinese? 'Cos mine sucks! =P

Oh you mean the eyelid fold thing? Yeh I don't have those. I'm suprised you get crap for that. I was under the impression orientals thought that was attractive hence these insane Japanese "treatments" you see to obtain the eyelid fold!
Who gave you elocution lessions? My folks figured that growing up here I would be bound to be fluent in English so that resulted in the no English policy and Chinese school (Mandarin) for a decade.
I can read alright though my writing is lacking somewhat... Too lazy to practice though, you know what I mean?
Yeh, I think we are really lucky to have liberal parents!

Well I was called a faggot once for kissing my boyfriend in public.
And I had a feminist teacher who although never explicitly stated it, disliked the men in the class.

Yeah, a few times back in middle school and high school, when I identified as lesbian. Spreading rumors, tripping me, saying snide things to my face. About the worst thing was a girl who pushed me down the stairs in 8th grade.
Got disowned by half my family for being atheist. Got dirty looks for half a year from a devoutly religious health teacher when one of her kids from bible study told her that my being atheist made her uncomfortable.

More times than I can count for being Bisexual. Once or twice for being Atheist.

I like to think it's because I have the sheer poor judgement to involuntarily have hair growing out of the lower part of my face, (though this started before I had facial hair) but people have generally treated me as though I were posessed or something (which I'm not, to my knowledge) for the past several years. A friend of my sister's visibly shook every time she saw me, never found out why. I think maybe it's related to behavior in that I didn't do exactly what most everyone else did in school, that is, socialize excessively, don't ask too many questions about things that matter, and at least pretend to respect public opinion. Failure to do these things (in the States, anyway) apparently marks one as a serial killer, because I've literally been greeted with "Are you going to kill me?"
The most perplexing thing is that I've never even hurt anyone. (physically, I mean. You know how easy some folk are offended these days?) It's handy that some people step aside in hallways just so I'll be away from them faster, (or maybe some are genuinely being polite?) but I honestly can't tell if the majority of my classmates have been pulling some preposterous joke that some of the teachers went along with or if I've got Candlejack following me around and I'm the only one who can't see him, I

I am a teenager in an overpopulated public school, here not being discriminated against, is something to discriminate against.

I'm a white male heterosexual aged 25 with ginger hair (think Rupert Grint colour). I'm pretty sure that what I got was only a small view of the rather horrible world of discrimination. But I realised early on that the people throwing casual insults (Irn-bru pubes was my personal "favourite") about an un-changeable biological factor were rarely perfect specimens themselves. So they got casual insults back, making me just as bad. And not very popular in school. No one ever beat me up, or flushed my bag down the toilet

Although I do look pretty good in a kilt (I'm a ginger Scotsman and proud!!!) if I do say so myself.

Many times, though even though they were big issues to me at the time, they're not particularly worth recalling and listing right now.

With the exception of having served in the army, and having been barred from pursuing any combat-related MOS due to my gender. That one still sits quite badly with me, given the reasons for it.

Most of the time what I deal with is simply being treated slightly differently, which I attribute to being one of the only females in my workplace. Things people being careful not to swear around me, changing their desktop wallpapers, stuff like that. I'm not offended by any of that, but it does lead to a slight sense feeling awkward, left out, and not fitting in at times. Which is silly.

I was insulted for being Spanish. I'm not even spanish, my nickname is in Spanish.

Something along the lines of "You have more chances running from bulls than in here" which is an obvious insult to the Spanish culture (I send a holla at my neighbours in The Escapist).

If I said something like "You have more chances in a Nazi gas chamber than in here" to someone with the nickname JewBoy or something, guess who would have got a permaban? I hate double standards.

Chemical Alia:
With the exception of having served in the army, and having been barred from pursuing any combat-related MOS due to my gender. That one still sits quite badly with me, given the reasons for it.

There are valid reasons for that and the Israeli pretty much learnt it the hard way.

Cartmen from South Park made fun of me for being a Ginger.

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

Heresy! *BLAM*
OT: well i'm that fat kid at school...you know the weird one?
and i like games...do i REALLY need to go on about the kid of shit i get?

I'm black.

So...Um,. I am told to go back to the Ghetto or hell Africa, or someone call me a gangsta. Oh and I get call Nigger when I go to certain Neighborhoods. White women/ Old people are are scare of me.

Oh, and little kids like me I suppose, which is NOT bad it's just a tad annoying.

ElPatron:
I was insulted for being Spanish. I'm not even spanish, my nickname is in Spanish.

Something along the lines of "You have more chances running from bulls than in here" which is an obvious insult to the Spanish culture (I send a holla at my neighbours in The Escapist).

If I said something like "You have more chances in a Nazi gas chamber than in here" to someone with the nickname JewBoy or something, guess who would have got a permaban? I hate double standards.

Chemical Alia:
With the exception of having served in the army, and having been barred from pursuing any combat-related MOS due to my gender. That one still sits quite badly with me, given the reasons for it.

There are valid reasons for that and the Israeli pretty much learnt it the hard way.

Judging from your response to Alia, it seems like your nickname rubbed off on you.

Colour-Scientist:

jbchillin:
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.

Or maybe you just didn't deserve a better grade?

seeing as i was top of the class and one out of the three to pass that class...maybe you should make better posts.

A Shadows Age:
Tell your friend that the next time they do that, he should act like he is at a restaurant and they are trying to take his order but he only came there because he wants a refund, however the sauce was so good he decided to give it another chance. Tell him that he should insist that last time the cat was terrible, have him say "NO CAT" repeatedly,(this is important) and when they look at him like he has lost his mind he has to insist, "NO ! NO CAT ! I MEAN IT ! every single time I come here! it's always cat! Your cat is terrible!" Make it out like he is trying to haggle for... dog or something, it's really not important what. And just go with it from there.

The goal of this game is to act like they owe you for something that didn't happen, because the food was so bad you either deserve a refund or something better to eat. Oh, and make sure that it's one of your "foreign devil" friends doing it, for that extra mind fuck.

Is it wrong of me that I imagined that exclamation in the accent of Edna Mode from the Incredibles?! =P

Gordominus:
Oh you mean the eyelid fold thing? Yeh I don't have those. I'm suprised you get crap for that. I was under the impression orientals thought that was attractive hence these insane Japanese "treatments" you see to obtain the eyelid fold!
Who gave you elocution lessions? My folks figured that growing up here I would be bound to be fluent in English so that resulted in the no English policy and Chinese school (Mandarin) for a decade.
I can read alright though my writing is lacking somewhat... Too lazy to practice though, you know what I mean?
Yeh, I think we are really lucky to have liberal parents!

I was surprised I got crap for the eyelid thing as well. *shrug* The petty things people get insulted for. And I got English & elocution lessons from a (unfortunately, former) family friend and went to Chinese school (where my mom was/is a teacher) until I went to high school. After that, my written Chinese went to pot, though I can still read some, though probably worse than you. And it can get a little confusing, since I can read/write Japanese as well (I've unfortunately made freudian slips when speaking both languages as well, which is a source of endless amusing embarassment for my mom, who makes frequent jokes about it, though I know she's quite proud of the fact that I'm the family's only trilingualist, my old man's knowledge of Mandarin notwithstanding).

And yah, much as I make fun of my folks, I'm grateful for them (and their liberal-ness!).

I get shouted at by kids where i live for anything. Long hair , acne ,wavy ,blond streaks,the way i walk , my accent,being tall, my cloths ,being sligtly pale ,playing hurling other stuff too long a list but they cant leave my estate mwuahaha

Gotten grief for being Irish lots of times.

One occassion i was even called 'n****er' despite the fact that im blatantly caucasian.

Aside from that, i work as an actor. Inumerable dickheads immediately categorise you as a waster/homosexual/ponce/west brit etc. etc. etc. because they don't know any better, and the only culture they come in contact with is the stuff lodged between their fingernails.

On the other hand, im also an army reservist so i've been labeled, facist/freestate bastard/weekend warrior/sandbagger etc. and i've had a fair amount of wannabee tough guys trying to pick a fight just because of the uniform, and a fair amount of regular army guys who would sooner spit on you than look at you.

All that said....People by and large are decent, the only problem is we seem to remember the racist mindless dickheads more than we do the decent people.

I suppose my lifestyle/race. Here I'll make a list.

I used to read books and work in the library a lot.
I play video games and watch cartoons.
I do not speak in ebonics or slang.
I am slightly above average when it comes to intelligence.
I wear modest clothing most of the time.
I am very shy and quiet and hate loud noises.
I like a wide variety of music.

I am black, but apparently since I have those qualities I'm acting white.

For two reasons - first, I'm a girl. Apparently this means I'm physically weak and unable to be trusted with power tools. This judgement being made after they had seen my carry around 4 foot by 8 foot sheets of plywood (I'm around 5 feet tall) and build entire theatre sets singlehandedly.
The second, because I was a goth kid. I wore tons of black and long sleeves, and the school decided I was depressed and trying to kill myself. And told me what they thought, constantly, without ever asking about my state of mind at all.

I suppose. Though i wonder whether it would be remiss to call it discrimination per se. Growing up in an alpha-male social hierarchy oriented male only secondary school, it wasn't looked on well for you to be caught up in fantasy stuff and video games rather than forming cliques and going out every night for sex and booze. I didn't do too badly out of school as i mostly kept my head down, but bringing your own interests to the table is one way to get grief. However, it affected me to the point of making me rather misanthropic and may have contributed to my current social phobia and anxiety disorder. Which is just peaches.

I think everyone is discriminated against in some way, whether it's because of their race or sex, or because they happen to prefer to wear blue shirts to red. Conflict is at the core of the rotten apple of society. Conflict is the basis of every great works, both artistic and political. In a way, i begrudgingly accept that it's simply a part of the human condition and experience. To deny conflict takes place around you is foolhardy and makes you a weaker person. It's simply a matter of how you deal with it.

Uskis:
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I was trying to be tongue and cheek about the whole thing. I don't actually care on the rare occasion I am discriminated against.

dorkette1990:
For two reasons - first, I'm a girl. Apparently this means I'm physically weak and unable to be trusted with power tools. This judgement being made after they had seen my carry around 4 foot by 8 foot sheets of plywood (I'm around 5 feet tall) and build entire theatre sets singlehandedly.
The second, because I was a goth kid. I wore tons of black and long sleeves, and the school decided I was depressed and trying to kill myself. And told me what they thought, constantly, without ever asking about my state of mind at all.

Theatre wise it'll at least get better. Give it another 10/15 years and the vast majority of stage managers will be female. For no other reason than the fact ye are better at it because of multitasking and higher emotional stress tolerances.

I've never been discriminated against, luckily. But that might be because I don't go around and advocate my beliefs and interests to anyone. I look pretty normal too.

AdeptaSororitas:
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 ^^

that's awful to hear, i'm sorry about that, but i will say yup similar things have happened to me based on religion/race

once again, amongst friends/people i've known, we had a class discussion that day and I mentioned a few well thought out answers/questions on the subject, even the teacher was a bit impressed as this was early on in the semester so he didn't quite know everyone yet. Afterwards I had an "acquaintance" come up to me getting mad/jealous saying "you didn't come up with that, where did you find that question/answer online? there is no way you could've thought that up on your own" (myself, was confused/puzzled as to why they would say that) to which they respond "well your not very smart and i've seen you hang out with the dumb religious kids all the time." to which yeah i was personally offended, but more disappointed that someone would honestly believe that based on that reasoning.

So yeah, after that I basically avoided that person...

and also for the race one, one time I was visiting my old neighbors (used to live in a somewhat ghetto area) and they were finishing taking the yard waste to the edge of the driveway to be picked up, to which my old neighbors new neighbor, the one who moved in to our old house, was also taking theirs out, had quite a bit and was about to drop it, so I ran over fast and was able to help catch it and take the weight off them and take it to the corner, to which the person looked me in the eye and said "Why'd you do that?!? WE DON'T NEED HELP FROM YOUR KIND." with a very serious tone, to which I got apologetic to avoid any further arguments/conflicts..

(Background info: I'm white, and the neighbor was black/african american, however you want to put it, and they were very angry that I had helped them out. Which once again it was more disappointment/hurt that they were mad at me helping because of my skin color.)

Mostly the mild Racial quirks "hey, Asian!", "help me with this math problem", "can you do kung fu?" kinda stuff.

Other than that, no.

I had three friends whose parents actively opposed our friendship because I'm gay.

The first was my childhood best friend. When his twin brother went and told his parents about my sexuality, his dad wouldn't ever let me sleep over again...which hurt, seeing as I had slept over almost every weekend for years. I grew up with this kid.

His mom still loves me. His dad? Whatever. Life goes on.

The second was a deeply Catholic friend of mine who had problems with homosexuality but cared for me deeply. His parents disapproved severely, but he finally just flipped out on them one day and they finally dropped the issue. His mom and sisters came to really like me.

EDIT: I also turned him into a liberal without trying. Life happens I guess, right?

The last was my friend Austin who lived with his mom and grandma. Out of all the parents, they were the ones who offended me the most. They were just...wow. I wouldn't even go over there if they were out of town.

Out of all my friends, Austin was the most pissed off. I seriously wondered sometimes if he was more upset about it than I was. It strained with his relationship with his mom, and one day he simply refused to talk to her anymore..and that's how it ended. She got really sad and told him that if he felt so strongly about it, then she wouldn't oppose our friendship anymore.

Now? They love me. They really warmed up to me quick. I'd call them on their birthdays or when his mom got out of surgery and going over there always meant getting kisses on the cheek, delicious pumpkin muffins, and a really warm reception. Austin said with confidence that it was genuine, not forced.

So...it all worked out. And I know I'll face discrimination forever. But...whatever. I do not adhere to Christianity, so to me, Hell is just a scary bedtime story, not something I should really be afraid of. I'll just try to be chill, let it roll off my back, and carry on with my life.

Sorry to hear that you've been discriminated against based on your religion, I want you to know that most atheists aren't such douchebags. I am one, but I respect other peoples beliefs, and don't bring it up in conversations because I know it's just going to open up a can of worms. Unless the other person gets on the subjects first and/or tries to force it on me.

Being that I live in Southern Louisiana, I tend to get picked on for being Asian.

You should make it so you're able to select multiple ones, I've been discriminated against religiously for being Atheist, Racially for being Asian and politically for hating republicans and democrats alike.

Pinkamena:
Sorry to hear that you've been discriminated against based on your religion, I want you to know that most atheists aren't such douchebags. I am one, but I respect other peoples beliefs, and don't bring it up in conversations because I know it's just going to open up a can of worms. Unless the other person gets on the subjects first and/or tries to force it on me.

Thank you, that's heartening to hear. I try not to bring it up in conversation unless its important to the subject. Also, I'm sorry for any hypocritical religious people out there, we aren't all like that but sadly many are.

CM156:

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.

Wow, love that whole "victim = choice" concept you're sharing there. There's some quote from Shakespeare about that mindset, but for the life of me I can't remember it...

OT: I cannot answer any particular one of those options exclusively, and even an "all of the above" option would miss out on some gems.

Apparently the gamer life-style is frowned upon in these establishments.

*EDIT* I am also watching MLP on my sister's laptop so I won't get criticised for watching a girl's show.

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