Reader writes: End discrimination now

November 22, 2013 

Discrimination persists

There are many social problems in the world, but the one that catches my eye is discrimination. It’s 2013 and our society still hasn’t let it go. Racism has been a problem for as long as I can remember. Discrimination is a harsh reality that we as Americans should abolish once and for all.

I am a social work major at Appalachian State University and a resident of Clayton. Living in a small town, I was lucky enough to not be a part of the harsh world discrimination has created. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines discrimination this way: “Race discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because he/she is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race (such as hair texture, skin color, or certain facial features). Color discrimination involves treating someone unfavorably because of skin color complexion.”

This definition speaks for its self. We live in a world that is filled with hate, and it’s time that all of that to come to a stop. This is not what our forefathers had in mind when they created our constitution and all of our equal rights. We can’t help who we are, and those who feel the need to point that out are not human. No one should be treated the way they are just because their skin is different.

I believe there is more this country should do than just pass laws on equality, because clearly they aren’t much use in the first place. We should take charge and start our on revolution to stop discrimination. provides excellent examples of why racism is still a problem today. Many people thought that when Obama got elected, all that would change, but it didn’t. America is supposed to be the home of the brave and the land of the free. We are not acting very brave, we’re cowards, cowards who are scared. Discrimination should be abolished once and for all, and everyone deserves to be treated equally and with respect. Treat others as you would have them treat you.

Caroline McLeod


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