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How does discrimination make you feel?

How does discrimination make you feel?
When you discriminate, it’s such a backwards way of kind of dealing with people in everyday life. Discrimination is kind of wrapped up in prejudices and stereotypes and hate, so when I see somebody as being discriminated against, it does make me very angry, (laughing) but there is hope. Because I understand human rights, because I know what it means, I’m able to kind of use it to fight against discrimination. - My son is a gifted child. Once he went to school, it was the only
child of color, like they say black, but he called himself brown, (laughing) and there was a little boy that said to him, like, “Where did you get this brain from? “You shouldn’t have that brain. “I just wanna open your head and get that brain “and put it on mine,” and this same child, again, the next day, came to him like, “Do you know that your color look like a poo color?”
That’s the first time that he actually make a difference that he was actually black (laughing) because he never used to make that difference. He used to see that we’re all the same, and he start looking on the street when he see a black person, it’s like, “Yeah, I can see one, I can see two, or today I saw five,” and I think it shouldn’t be like that. - Discrimination of any kind robs people of their rights and their power to exercise their rights.
One of the things I campaigned on in the past was a discrimination case involving 40,000 people in Libya who had been thrown out of their homes, deprived of livelihood, and in some cases, killed, just because some of their members had supported the previous regime, and it was clear in that case that the discrimination against them had fundamentally destroyed them, or at least temporarily set them back into a position of total powerlessness. And so, campaigning for discrimination is about restoring people to a sense of dignity and empowerment.

Various feelings can be triggered when people are discriminated against simply because of who they are or where they are from.


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