Discrimination As An Action Based On Prejudice Essay examples

700 Words Apr 6th, 2016 3 Pages
Many people do not always realize the amount of discrimination and inequality that is present in our society. One can define discrimination as an action based on prejudice or racism and can harm a group/individual by means of unequal treatment. Discrimination can occur anywhere and everywhere— schools, workplaces, stores, etc. It can also impact a variety of people based on their gender, sexual orientation, race, and/or ethnicity. In a society that is a blend of races, ethnicities, and cultures discrimination and inequality should not exist. While I was a freshman and sophomore in high school, I witnessed the discrimination of a transgender classmate. This classmate was biologically a male, but identified as a female. Many of the students would ridicule her for the way she talked and dressed, and would exclude her from group activates. If she would try to initiate a conversation, many people would either ignore her or walk away from her. Also, some members of the faculty and staff would treat her unfairly. For instance, she was required to use the men’s restroom instead of the girl’s because some people would feel uncomfortable if she used the girl’s restroom. During gym class, the administration instructed her to change in the boy’s locker room. Even though she clearly identified as a woman, she was still expected to behave as though she was a typical male. There were a few students and some teachers that accepted her as a woman and would try to stand up for her. No one…

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