Discrimination & Racism

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When we speak of discrimination, some of the words that may commonly strike our minds are: racism, gender-based differences, religious biases, and cultural prejudices among others. Despite people in large masses speaking in favour of putting an end to gender disparity, or 'equality for all' as we call it, discrimination continues to take place even today. Discrimination is subjective, and may cast varying impacts upon the people who have been faced with it. While some may find it relatively easier to overcome it and bounce back to being happy individuals, a few others may find it difficult to deal with the stress brought about by these differences, which in turn may cause them to feel depressive.
Apart from the widely known grounds upon which discrimination takes places, other subtle ways by which people engage in bigotry are discriminatory acts based upon one's name, colour, age, language, impairment, nationality, sexual orientation, academic performance, core values and beliefs, careers, attractiveness, and weight among others.
We all deserve to be treated fairly and equally by virtue of being human. It is natural for one to want to have a sense of belongingness, to want to fit in, and to want to be accepted for who they are. As we evolve at a societal level, it is likely that we will face discrimination in some form or another. Instead of feeling helpless over things, taking initiative to combat discrimination will make us feel more empowered as individuals. What people say to us as well as about us can impact us to an extent wherein it is causing us immense stress only if we allow them to. Remember, it is all about making the right choices in life, wherein one can choose unity over bigotry. The key is to take responsibility for oneself in order to take measures to overcome such situations.