#3 Discrimination through other eyes

 

 

 

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Discrimination is a hard topic, but i think that is why these interviews are so important. I asked 4 questions and will share with you the consensus on each one. These are people of a similar age as me so I thought that this would make it interesting.

 

Question 1

What is your personal definition of Discrimination?

Discrimination is separating people into separate hurtful groups and leaving people out. They put you in these groups because of assumptions and quick judgements. These judgements can be made on physical appearance. It is a form of racism and should not be tolerated.

 

Question 2

Have you ever had any experience with discrimination?

No answers.

 

Question 3

What are your opinions on discrimination?

Discrimination is not a good thing. It is rude and very uncalled for . It causes lots of pain for people afflicted and they can have a hard time with trust after that happens. We don’t agree with it in any way and we think that everyone should be treated equal. People deserve their rights to happiness without other people calling them out. People need to be educated and taught at a young age that discrimination is wrong.

 

Question 4

What is our country currently doing wrong with discrimination?

Our country is doing a lot wrong, but we are still lucky that it is only this bad. One example is the pay gap between women and men. We are lucky that in this country women can have jobs, but they deserve equal pay. In our country the president is a person that people look up to regardless of who they are, so when our president is discriminating and being a racist, that sets a bad example for people to follow.

Lucy Andrus

3 Responses to “#3 Discrimination through other eyes

  • Hi Lucy,

    I loved reading your interview questions, and the audience that you were discussing them with! I think that it was a great idea to speak to other students your age. I’m wondering what the demographic of the young people that you interviewed was?

    I’m also curious if you think discrimination looks different in other parts of the state and country. Do you think that if you interviewed someone your age from Northeastern Vermont vs. someone from Burlington, their responses would look different? What about someone from Vermont vs. Alabama etc? Finally, with the current state of our country, how do you think political beliefs/values impact people’s viewpoints on discrimination? What causes an individual or an organization to discriminate?

    I can’t wait to read more!

    Best,
    Lena

  • Hi Lucy,

    Thank you for sharing the results of your interviews. It would be interesting to know the variation among answers, and if/how gender and other demographic info (race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, etc.) played into people’s answers. The topic of discrimination is rather extensive. Are you drawn toward any particular facet of discrimination? In thinking about creating change in your community, it might be helpful to narrow down your topic a bit. What forms of discrimination do you most observe in your community?

    I was struck by the fact that no one you interviewed related any specific experiences of discrimination. I wonder whether that’s because they’ve truly never experienced it, or whether that’s because discrimination often shows up as micro-aggressions that are hard to identify.

    Looking forward to seeing how your ideas develop!

    – Fallon

  • Lucy,

    I’d echo Lena’s point; I think it’s important to know who you interviewed, what the respondents’ races were and what the variations on the responses were. (An awkward sentence, to be sure, my apologies.) I suspect, but don’t know, that all or most were white given the non-answer of Question 2.

    I see that you’ve connected with Hussein; perhaps you two may want to team up. When I was a journalist, I often paired people of different races and genders when we did stories that we thought had a thread of race or gender or discrimination. So, for instance, we’d send a white reporter and a white photographer to, say, a rural white barbershop because we knew that the answers and discussion would be very different than if we sent a black reporter and a black photographer.

    I also like your idea here, that is to do some sort of comprehensive poll of students to gauge their attitudes about race and gender and discrimination. I think if you got some help from some polling experts and you got cooperation from a variety of school districts (Vermont Principals Association? Vermont Superintendents Association) to get widespread participation, you’d not only have some concrete and interesting data to form a foundation for storytelling, but you could also identify volunteers willing to be interviewed that might have surprising and unexpected perspectives.

    Thanks for your efforts.

    geoff

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