Discrimination is an interesting issue. According to Wikipedia,
"it is action based on prejudice resulting in unfair treatment of people. To discriminate socially is to make a distinction between people on the basis of class or category without regard to individual merit. Examples of social discrimination include racial, religious, sexual, weight, disability, ethnic, height-related, employment discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination and age-related discrimination."
Have you been discriminated? I can't recall the number of times I have been discriminated but like many, it has been ignored and carelessly shoved under the covers.
Today, in many countries, there are legislations formed to offer rights to individuals. Thank you to education and democracy, more people are stepping forward to demand their rights. The right to be treated as an equal. The question is, however, equal to whom? To the other being? To a child? To an adult? To the opposite sex? To a white? To a midget? To a millionaire?
I don't think so. There is a limit to equality. A man can never be equalled to a woman. Do the maths: 1 = 2? Based on the simple mathematical instruction, since 1 is never 2, 1 cannot be treated like 2. Vice-versa. However, 1 should be respected as 1 and therefore, be given the space 1 deserves. Do I make sense?
When I look at the equal rights offered here in the UK, I am always reminded of how it is hardly dealt with in Malaysia. Over here, one should never hesitate to ask for a prayer room (as an example) - be it at academic institutions or at the workplace. Back home, obliging to personal requests are often associated with having preferences. How much more professional can you get?
So, don't forget to pause and reflect, especially after this piece here:
Boss, to four of his employees: "I'm really sorry, but I'm going to have to let one of you go."
Black Employee: "I'm a protected minority."
Female Employee: "And I'm a woman."
Oldest Employee: "Fire me, buster, and I'll hit you with an age discrimination suit so fast it'll make your head spin."
To which they all turn to look at the helpless young, white, male employee, who thinks a moment, then responds: "I think I might be gay..."