Let's Be Rational Rather Than Hysterical About The Word "Discrimination"--With Thanks To Intelligently And Others

What is your definition of the word "discrimination"?
Asked By: Intelligently

Is it always bad, or is it sometimes warranted?

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Posted by conceptualclarity Jul 19th, 2011 at 5:18PM

It is definitely sometimes warranted, and it's high time that people speak up about that, lest even more absurd things come to pass. We have people claiming that being drunks entitles them to protection against discrimination and getting support from the legal bar. I do think I will live to see people talking with the same hysteria to which we are accustomed surrounding that word about the "injustice of being discriminated against on the basis of ability." We need to let the air out of that word and banish the hysteria. Even as far as bad discrimination goes, there really are things in the world that are a lot worse, like massacre, murder, maiming, rape, and robbery.

I would add to my answer that these days many people understand that they can get away with almost anything if they shout loudly and passionately enough that opposing them amouints to "discrimination."

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Posted by JoseyDee Jul 18th, 2011 at 11:12AM

To discern a difference...
I think only when it is prejudicial is discrimination bad. Otherwise, it really only seeks to identify a difference, like making an informed choice and "discriminating" between what is a red traffic light and a green one.

Reply by Intelligently Jul 18th, 2011 at 11:15AM

Bingo! To everyone else, please be informed. ;)

Posted by ThatOtherGuy1970 Jul 18th, 2011 at 12:53PM

To discriminate is to live life. Which shall I have, the Caramel Frappucino, or the Vanilla Latte'. This requires that I discriminate.

As is often the case in the English language, negative connotations are given to words which are, in fact, neutral.

Reply by Intelligently Jul 18th, 2011 at 1:04PM

Preach it. I so wish that people would take it upon themselves to learn the meaning of words rather than believing that the "spin" given to them is their actual definition.

Posted by IshiMoai Jul 18th, 2011 at 11:08AM

Same as the official definition. I dont have definitions for words, it gets confusing if i make up my own.

Yes its bad, not justified at all.

Reply by Intelligently Jul 18th, 2011 at 11:13AM

Unfortunately, that was the point of my question. People don't even know what the actual definition of words is anymore but instead, they take buzz words like "discrimination" and assume that they mean something they don't or that they're always bad, when in fact, they aren't. For instance, a person with "discriminating taste" is considered classy. :) But not showing discrimination against a convicted ********* could result in your child becoming his next victim.

Posted by NorseChief Jul 18th, 2011 at 11:18AM

"Unfair" or illegal treatment of one person or group based on differences or behavior.

I put "unfair" in quotation marks because discrimination is indeed sometimes warranted, although it may be perceived as unfair in the eyes of the discriminated or called as such in an effort to avert attention. Sometimes, a specific action or reaction towards from a particular group or person or the actions thereof are needed in the interests of security and peace of mind.

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2 Responses Jul 30, 2011

Thank you for your comment.<br />
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I appreciate the p.m. you sent me and I intend to respond to it as soon as I can. I have a big backlog of things on and off EP to deal with, partly because of the health problems described in my blog, and partly because my computer has been behaing abominably, being a sinkhole for time, with what ought to be simple operations taking forever.<br />
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Just now I tried to enter this comment on another browser, and was unable to. When I pressed "Post" I saw "ja<x>vasc<x>ript:void (0) ", which I haven't seen before. To add insult to injury, my comment got erased.

I've also had the "javascript void (0) come up on me. and not allow me to comment. Weird bug.

When a person discriminates, he makes a distinction. The term has been given a negative connotation in terms or "equal rights" because in this context, a person who discriminates makes an unfair distinction between two classed of people ba<x>sed on bias, prejudice, or racism. Unfortunately, do to poor education and lazy use of the English language, other earlier and more valid definitions of discriminate or discrimination are forgotten or ignored. If I discriminate between good and evil, that is good. <br />
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If I discriminate between a black man and a white man ba<x>sed solely on the basis of race, that is racism or racial discrimination and is not acceptable behavior in modern American society. On the other hand, if I discriminate between a bad man and a good man, that is acceptable and good, regardless of the race or color of the individual. So, discrimination can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the situation. In that sense, there is not enough discrimination in our society.<br />
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If I have an apartment for rent and a polite, well-dressed, gentleman with the requisite application, deposits, and proof of employment applies to rent the unit, it should not matter what his race. <br />
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If an impolite, gang-color wearing, thug with no proper application, no deposit, and no job applies to rent the unit, it should not matter what his race.<br />
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In the first case, discrimination because of his his race would be prejudiced, racially biased, and illegal. In the second case discrimination because of his behavior, demeanor, and lack of appropriate application and deposit would be legal, wise, and entirely acceptable.