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

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DSQ:

GigaHz:
Im a white male, possibly the most discriminated demographic there is.

lol keep dreaming xD

Um a couple times because of my race. Had a woman call me a coconut once in london

My wife has had to put up with that sort of thing along, although here (in the US) the term is generally Oreo.

DSQ:

GigaHz:
Im a white male, possibly the most discriminated demographic there is.

lol keep dreaming xD

Actually it's true. It's the only group, aside from atheists, that can be legally discriminated against. Affirmative action and all that racist policy and so on...
I'm honest.

Blablahb:

DSQ:

GigaHz:
Im a white male, possibly the most discriminated demographic there is.

lol keep dreaming xD

Actually it's true. It's the only group, aside from atheists, that can be legally discriminated against. Affirmative action and all that racist policy and so on...
I'm honest.

Which is of course why white males have such a difficult time finding employment and advancing in this world.

I can certainly think of a few times I've been berated just for being Catholic (and not even a huge, preachy or fanatical one at that), ranging from "people beng kinda jerky" to having people yell that there is no god before shoving me to the ground (why that lovely, shovey bunch were in the scouts I'll never know, but it may've become less religious since I left years ago, who knows).

Not sure if it counts but alot of people seem to think I have an American accent so I can't tell you how many times I've gotten an unfair go because of eople's views of America (my uncle's fiance used to repeat most things I said under her breath in a stereotypically American accent, this being a grown woman).

Vault101:

putowtin:

I'm disabled, most of the time I have to walk with a stick (the rest of the time I can't walk at all) I've heard people mutter behind my back before (apparently the inability to walk also makes you deaf) but the most shocking discrimination came recently when I went to see HP & the deathly hallows part two. A guy rushed past me as he was "sick of being stuck behind the fucking cripple" (his words) and knocked me to the floor, my friend and one of the cinema attendants helped me to my feet, I thanked the attendant who then told me that I should wait for everyone else to be seated before going in. I complained and said that I didn't want a seat right in front of the screen, to which he replied that "maybe you should stay at home then, and wait for it on DVD"
Sometimes I want to hit people, this was a time I wanted to stamp on peoples heads!

...wow

I dont know what to say...DAMN I would be angry, I guess because its a big even people would be anxious to get seats but yeah, having to go for crappy seats because of that...I cant belive the cinema guy said that to you

It was the most ridiculous (and humiliating) experience, and I have to admit it been things like this that have lead to me barely leaving my house for 18 months

Yes. I was once (and this is only one minor incident but there have been worse) denied service by an old woman working on WHSmith because I was trying to buy a "Queer as Folk" DVD and in her opinion "that was wrong and it would be irresponsible of her to let me buy such filth to further enforce my inappropriate lifestyle choice."

Her words, not mine.

MazdaXR:
In todays current economic climate if you are 18-24yr old male looking for a job you are constantly discriminated against.

Fuck, pretty much this. A couple of weeks ago I wouldn't have agreed, but Sweet Candied Jesus I've gotten really used to hearing the phrases "we'll call you back" and "we actually just hired someone a few hours ago". I call shenanigans on this nonsense! I'm able bodied and willing to work, and no one will let me!

I'm a transsexual so yeah I have been discriminated against a lot from nearly losing my life one night to slurs and stalking. Growing up teachers would try to force me to act masculine, threatening detentions for crossing my legs. When I was 6 at a daycare, I got locked up in a closet and tied to a chair with jump rope for playing with dolls. Also I have been turned away from jobs in the past due to ID's having birth sex on it. Then there is the societally endorsed discrimination that I have faced. I would go into detail but it would take up pages even to just talk about the big events never mind all the small things like the dmv employee dragging their heels in changing my gender marker and trying to find any little thing to decline me like a comma in wrong spot on form.

Ageism is rife in this world, it's never been anything serious (since I have the advantage of being 6ft3 and well built) but when I was younger I used to get a lot of mouth from people older than me.
Particularly when I handle advice it was a problem, since I was an agony uncle a lot of people refused to go to me because I was too young, took my age off the forum and suddenly people didn't care anymore. Yay for prejudices.

But yeah, never anything really bad to be honest. I got it pretty lucky in terms of prejudice. White, middle class (eh, kinda. Family was working class and brought themselves up, guess it counts), well educated, tall, relatively well built, symmetrically featured, straight as a whistle, male...yup I've got it pretty good.

Oh I've had some sexism too, man flu? Yes the one time I'm ill in some four years it's being faked. Feeling depressed? Oh get over it, it's not like you have a period to deal with and so on.
Again nothing major but little niggles which shouldn't be there.

GigaHz:
Im a white male, possibly the most discriminated demographic there is.

Blacks, Asians, Muslims, Jews, homosexuals, woman and merpeople would like to speak to you.

Me being a Straight Atheist(some-what satanist)White/Mexican male I am perfect to the general public.

Loner Jo Jo:
I've had people stop talking to me because I'm an atheist. I've been asked if I was a Satanist and someone once told me "I'll pray for you" in a very condescending manner.

Wait, what a turd. Whats the problem with Satanists? They're core beliefs are far better than normal religion, it's just their worship that is a bit screwed up. I wouldn't mind another persons ignorance in believing Satan means the Devil, because Satan is the opposition of religion. So Satanism is the worship of the imperfections of being human, and embracing our messed-up reality, though it still is the opposition of beliefs which makes me avoid it, and some of them are straight insane.

It's fairly low level, but back in primary school I had "LEFT HANDED" stamped on all my books in red ink. I also was forced to use special pens and other inks to the other children. Also because we had a communal pen pot my pen was always stolen because it was different.

The woes of my youth.

Whoatemysupper:

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 get the opposite, I'm a leftist in a small rural Manitoban town. Everyone here is very right-winged. I also get "made fun of" for being a nerd, then I explain to people the proper way to handle knives against a human opponent. That scares them off.

I think the difference is that I study in Sheffield in the UK, it's an old industrial city so there are a lot of old Labour voters up there. The city is also ten percent students so the liberal vote is massive (the part where I live is Nick Clegg's constituency) and people at student age don't tend to be very good at accepting opinions contrary to theirs.

I've recently started ripping on the campus communists, something I always considered gauche in the past, purely because they insult me personally whilst living in the proverbial glass house.

Ive been told all my life im closed minded and dont like to try new things, just because i dont beleive in spiritulist stuff... I will quite happily try anything once, food, activity, hobby, anything, but im still closed minded...
In more specific terms i have been rejected for many , MANY jobs ( about 50-60 in 2 months) For being over qualified. these were all temp positions, for summer jobs, so my education would have no bearing on this. I really needed the money for rent, but its damn near impossible to get through to an interveiw stage...

Hemlet:

MazdaXR:
In todays current economic climate if you are 18-24yr old male looking for a job you are constantly discriminated against.

Fuck, pretty much this. A couple of weeks ago I wouldn't have agreed, but Sweet Candied Jesus I've gotten really used to hearing the phrases "we'll call you back" and "we actually just hired someone a few hours ago". I call shenanigans on this nonsense! I'm able bodied and willing to work, and no one will let me!

Sorry for the double post, but i had to agree with this...sheer madness aint it?

No.

Everyone pretty much takes me as I am.

Reaperman64:
Ive been told all my life im closed minded and dont like to try new things, just because i dont beleive in spiritulist stuff... I will quite happily try anything once, food, activity, hobby, anything, but im still closed minded...

They misunderstand what 'closed minded' means. If you ever feel the need to argue back try this video:

cerealnmuffin:
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You know, the daycare thing can be chalked up as 'kids will be kids' but the DMV thing is horrible. You should've taken that one as far as you could do, I'd have wanted people to suffer for that!

im treated differently for having a mental condition (see patronised) but thats not really discrimination but I was teased for playing wow in 6th grade this guy would come up to me and say (in a fake nerdy voice) "well I was in *insert generic fantasy name* and I slayed a lvl 100 dragon and got rewarded the boots of *generic fantasy name*" yea that guy was later punched in the face ahh good times

cerealnmuffin:
I'm a transsexual so yeah I have been discriminated against a lot from nearly losing my life one night to slurs and stalking. Growing up teachers would try to force me to act masculine, threatening detentions for crossing my legs. When I was 6 at a daycare, I got locked up in a closet and tied to a chair with jump rope for playing with dolls. Also I have been turned away from jobs in the past due to ID's having birth sex on it. Then there is the societally endorsed discrimination that I have faced. I would go into detail but it would take up pages even to just talk about the big events never mind all the small things like the dmv employee dragging their heels in changing my gender marker and trying to find any little thing to decline me like a comma in wrong spot on form.

but thats a natural condition couldn't they just treat you like what you wanted to be treated like Excuse I am now going to bash my head aganst the wall cause of the stupidity of those people

ShadowStar42:
Which is of course why white males have such a difficult time finding employment and advancing in this world.

How is that relevant? The question was if someone was ever discriminated against. Not if they can find employment.

Although if I were to try and become a policeman, I would be turned down no matter what, if any other applicant was either an ethnic minority or a woman. And even if I got the job, they'd be forbidden from promoting me because of my gender and ethnic background. I'm not making this up, I'm paraphrasing the official hiring and promotion rules for the Dutch police, instated by minister Ter Horst, and this discrimination was legalised by the (highly mislabeled) Law on Equal Treatment.

If that's not discrimination, I don't know what is.

As a healthy, middle classed, 20-something, straight, white male.

Yes.

I once got refused for a job because I wasn't handicapped or a minority, because they apparantly had a quota to meet, In another job they needed more women in the office so I wasn't considered and a third bacause they didn't want to seem ageist they went for a guy in his late 50's.

I think anyone that isn't discriminated against in someway thoughtout their life is an increadably lucky soul. It's so easy to judge or be judged based on the most meaningless things. It will happen to many if not most of us at some point.

EDIT: Oh yeah, i'm an atheist too, not that that matters here in Britan but I hear that can be a huge problem for people in parts of the ole US of A.

Blablahb:

ShadowStar42:
Which is of course why white males have such a difficult time finding employment and advancing in this world.

How is that relevant? The question was if someone was ever discriminated against. Not if they can find employment.

Although if I were to try and become a policeman, I would be turned down no matter what, if any other applicant was either an ethnic minority or a woman. And even if I got the job, they'd be forbidden from promoting me because of my gender and ethnic background. I'm not making this up, I'm paraphrasing the official hiring and promotion rules for the Dutch police, instated by minister Ter Horst, and this discrimination was legalised by the (highly mislabeled) Law on Equal Treatment.

If that's not discrimination, I don't know what is.

Please point out to me where I said that there was no such thing as discrimination against white people? That posts was specifically in response to a post claiming that the White Male is "possibly the most discriminated demographic there is". That claim is completely full of crap until white males hold a disproportionately small amount of power and opportunity in society, and clearly they do not. Putting a high horse on top of the throne of privilege just makes you look silly.

ShadowStar42:
Putting a high horse on top of the throne of privilege just makes you look silly.

Now there's the flaw in your reasoning. You equate a group generally being succesfull, with being priviliged. And this is not true. For instance the policy I mentioned makes for me having, ceteris paribus (meaning all other circumstances are assumed equal), less chance at getting a job than a woman, or someone from an immigrant group.

Besides, you don't solve a backwards position of one group, by discriminating the other groups.

yeah as an Immigrant you get used to it.
and im not that tall so i get even more BS send my way.

the funniest was when i was banned on minecraft from a british server right after i was helping everyone to build a temple and they asked me 'happily' where i live. i told them i was residing in germany and the mod just said 'i dont like your kind on this server' and banned me.
it was kind of surreal, funny and horrifying.

In the late 90's there was a very profilic racially motivated murder in Norway. A black 15 year-old was killed by 2 neo-nazis. Being 11 at the tinme, all you really associated with any form of nazism was Germany.
Now, I have a German surname, which meant some beatings by my fellow classmates, harsh words and generally being shut out of any social group.
I went to the principal with this (a very nice man who looks like Santa Claus), and he made the whole school sit through an assembly clarifying the motives behind the murder. Every single one who had been mean to me then, upon realizing that I has nothing to do with nazis, personally apologized to me.
That's the closest I have ever been to being discriminated against.

I live in Japan. I've been discriminated against at work, in regard to access to shops, and renting an apartment. Ironically, there was less hassle and discrimination getting a mortgage than there was to rent a place.

Dawn Patrol:

GigaHz:
Im a white male, possibly the most discriminated demographic there is.

Blacks, Asians, Muslims, Jews, homosexuals, woman and merpeople would like to speak to you.

Good. We can all have a nice get together and discuss how just about anybody can be discriminated against. Maybe it will make the world a better place?

But seriously, I'm surprised how many people took that out of context. If you actually read my entire post where I listed the 'prejudices' against white people, you should get a clue that I'm not being sincere. That is, except for the end.

Feeling discriminated against is counter productive, and while there are legitimate times I have been discriminated against for whatever reason, I always shrug it off. As with anything similar, if you make a big deal about what the other person thinks, or even believe it yourself, you are letting them win. Discrimination should only bother you if it's from someone you care about. In that scenario, you are more likely to properly educate them to the contrary.

Discrimination can sometimes lead to another ugly concept, entitlement. It's like a psuedo-acceptance where if a person falls under a certain demographic, they are treated different from the rest. And while I could list real life examples, considering the amount of crap my first post got me into, I will keep it to myself.

Well, I'd been made fun of or have received bad comments about a lot of things... My weight (despite it being normal), my hairs, being poly, being French, being vegetarian... It went from jokes that hurt but weren't meant to hurt to hateful comments that caused me to feel terrible and were obviously meant to hurt (the usual "you're sick" "you're disgusting" or "you're going to hell").
But I wouldn't call any of these discrimination. For me, discrimination means being refused a service or something similar.

The only time I felt discriminated against was while trying to get gym memberships for my husband and myself. I wanted to get a "family" membership, which is cheaper than two adults one, but that wasn't possible because we had no kids. If it had been one parent and a kid, it would have been fine, so it wasn't that at least 3 people were required.
I would understand if the gym had special services for kids or something, but it didn't. It was your average gym with weight, workout machines and a pool.

I can understand reduction when there are more people and stuff like that. I would have been fine paying the same for a family without kid as it would have cost a family without them. But paying less with more people, that just didn't seem fair. And I also felt like I was being told we weren't a family, which was hurtful.
I didn't end up getting the memberships at all, even though there was no other gym in that town.

Interestingly considering the context, my captcha is "white as snow".

Quazimofo:

Kadoodle:

yuval152:

and I thought that america is one of the best countries, Can I ask some questions about the laws that is in the US?

1)will pirating games will get you in real trouble?
2)Do you have to show your ID for games that are over 16+?
3)If a someone proveks you is it okay to beat him up?
4)at what age you can work,drink booze,have sex?
5)what counts as 'disrespecting' the cops. (First world country my ass)
6)if someone is try to steal from your house at night and you are in the house you can kill him?

1) only if they catch you, which doesn't happen often.
2) Yes, if they think you are underage
3) No
4) 16, 21, and 16.
5) Depends on the cop.
6) That's a good question. In some states (like California) you can. In some you cannot. However, if the guy tries to hurt or kill you, you can kill him in self defense.

wait, thought you were considered underage in the us untill 18 for sex

Whoops, you're right. I was thinking of the age of consent.

I think it also varies slightly from state to state. Then again, they won't throw you in jail if you're a few years underage.

Definitely! I'm a Muslim immigrant from Africa to America so I could write a novel about the things I've had to (and still have to) go through.

Yes, unfortunately. For a few things.
I've lost friends because of my atheism, but I expected that.
The worst, I'd have to say, came from being a girl gamer.
When I had to replace my Xbox the man on the microsoft helpline literally would only speak to my boyfriend (when it was my bloody Xbox).

Oh, occasionally for my appearance when I was rather more hippyish, and in Russia on the basis of being foreign.

Snipermanic:
It's fairly low level, but back in primary school I had "LEFT HANDED" stamped on all my books in red ink. I also was forced to use special pens and other inks to the other children. Also because we had a communal pen pot my pen was always stolen because it was different.

The woes of my youth.

I feel your pain. In university there are these chairs with a little table attached at the side to write on and there is rarely one in a room for left-handed people. Oh, the humanity! I've been in therapy for it. When you prick us, do we not bleed?

Blablahb:

ShadowStar42:
Putting a high horse on top of the throne of privilege just makes you look silly.

Now there's the flaw in your reasoning. You equate a group generally being succesfull, with being priviliged. And this is not true. For instance the policy I mentioned makes for me having, ceteris paribus (meaning all other circumstances are assumed equal), less chance at getting a job than a woman, or someone from an immigrant group.

Besides, you don't solve a backwards position of one group, by discriminating the other groups.

People in the majority often overlook the level of privilege they receive, even ignoring the fact that you're average person in the majority have much higher odds of growing up with both parents, have a much higher average household income, live in areas with lower average crime that are cleaner than average etc. etc. etc. People in the majority have the advantage of not feeling a pervading and permanent sense of outsiderness, something that people who live in the majority cannot generally even comprehend it is so alien to their experience. No if your understanding this policy you speak of, and if it is consistently applied and if you happen to be applying for a job with the police (or for a promotion) and if there are a number of minorities going for the same job and if your qualifications are similar to those of the minorities seeking the job then yes, you have found an example of a place where you are at a disadvantage for being a white male. Congrats. That one disadvantage however does not mean that you are not coming from a place of privilege, I mean if Warren Buffet found out that he couldn't be a janitor because a woman applied for the job that doesn't place him below the woman in general terms.

1. Sexually and based on sexual preference are seperate options?
2. I've been discriminated against for having Aspergers.
3. I think your options in the poll has a massive hole where "Disablities" should be.

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