A Comment On Discrimination

A few days ago I came across this little gem of insight regarding a Swedish school that decided to confiscate birthday invitations because they weren’t passed out to everyone. Just for some additional background, there was a recent bash on father’s day as well, declaring that it would emotionally harm children who are raised by a single mother, or a same-sex couple.

People have been throwing out this ‘discrimination’ word out a lot, in defense of what these schools so far have put restrictions on, and against. The schools saying that it would be discrimination and a violation of children’s rights if each student didn’t get an invitation, as well as a violation against kids who don’t have a father.

It’s really become a huge joke. Schools not only are forgetting about their importance and the end of their authority (for example: edumicating) and are in effect turning to the ‘kid police’. I’ve had a bit of a revelation myself about discrimination and it is a bit of a double-edged sword, a gray area if you will, despite the white and black of politics. (No pun intended.)

Humans use discrimination everywhere. We use it when we decide what to eat, what to drink, what to play, where to work, who to talk to, and who to spend our time with. We discriminate based on factors such as our personal taste (I like reading a book over watching television), what is available (I’d like to go to Hardees, but it is closed so I have to go to McDonalds), how expensive it is (I can’t afford that model, but I can for this one), and past experience (That broke on me last time, it’ll break again.)

Point being is that not all discrimination is bad. A police officer, judge, or any other civil servant must use these kinds of things daily. In fact, it seems that discrimination itself has just become the word to encompass basing decisions on things that cannot be changed and are of no fault of the discriminated person.

Age (debatable), Gender, Race, Orientation (debatable) are the most common forms ‘bad discrimination’. These types of discrimination are protected by (admittedly, United States) law and punishable by fines, and even jail-time. Most people agree that discriminating on these factors is something that should be always avoided, and even looked down on. However, let’s consider this: Am I violating someone’s rights by not liking them? (It seems like the extremist left like to think that.) No, I just don’t like that individual. Why would I spend time and resources for him/her/it if I don’t enjoy being around that person.

Discrimination isn’t bad inherently.

Discrimination on uncontrollable factors is.

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4 Responses to “A Comment On Discrimination”

  1. Lady Q Says:

    I agree with you. Political correctness has gone mad.
    We do need to be kind to each other but no one should be able to say who we may or must associate with.

  2. Landfill Says:

    I have mixed feelings about discrimination. On the one hand, I feel like there are certain situations where people should not be allowed to discriminate (for example, selling a product or service), but on the other hand, my definition of discrimination is “making a decision based on past experience”, and to not use experience as a key tool in making decisions seems stupid to me. Sometimes people get experiences from others (rumors/stereotypes), but I would dare to call “stereotype” a synonym of the word “statistic”. If some group has a stereotype about them, it is probably based on something (they almost always are), and they should work to change that if they have a problem with it.

  3. I think it is a bit retarded how that swedish school bans bday invites. I can see what they are trying to accomplish, but why ban bday invites? You can’t expect someone to invite people their party they don’t know/like! I totally agree how schools are starting to be the kid police though. At my school, they will actually RPC you if you say something is retarded or ‘i got jipped’.

  4. Hey Freyar,
    Where have you been? What’s new?

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