Discrimination in America
Why the Battle for Civil Rights is not Nearly Finished
Anti-age discrimination laws were passed in America in 1967, and although there have been several additions and revisions over the years, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act falls very short of providing the protections that Americans need. Its first failure is that, it addresses solely the needs of persons over the age of forty, while research indicates that discrimination follows an inverted U relationship; as age increases towards 42 to 48 years of age, the likelihood of hiring increases, and that after this age the likelihood drops off. Young people have no protection under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, even though they are just as likely to be discriminated against.
The Supreme Court has also ensured that the bill remains largely toothless from its decision in the case of Gross v. FBL Investments Inc. in 2009 in which it found that, a higher burden of proof should be placed on age discrimination cases than on other federal anti-discrimination statutes. This resulted in only 2.7% of cases filed under age discrimination in 2012 to be found to have just cause. This was out of over twenty thousand cases.
The problems of age discrimination may seem less sensational than many other forms of prejudice, and certainly you would be hard pressed to find exciting films and books on the subject, but disregarding the facts in this case would be a serious blow to American civil rights, and would only get worse in the near future. Thanks to advances in nutritional, medical, and environmental standards, Americans are living longer. This means that we will need to remain in the work force longer in order to be able to support our increased years in retirement. The stresses of age discrimination in hiring and firing practices will increase, although researchers debate on which side of the divide the hammer will fall: Whether younger workers will be less hirable in an environment inundated by more experienced members, or if older workers will be less desirable as new hires due to this same fact.
Perhaps the most important question we can ask ourselves is, “what can I do about it?” One route would be to increase legislation and provide further protections to young workers. The pitfalls are obvious: Where do we stop legislating? What age is young? What age is old? How do we give the laws the teeth they need to uphold our view of what the law should do without causing a legal case every time a company passes on an interviewee? The thing to remember is that discrimination can’t be solved through legislation alone, it is a symptom of learned habits. So why don’t we try to treat the cause and not the symptom.
Early exposure of children to diverse friendships has been shown to decrease negative stereotyping. By creating and adopting a practice of hiring or recruiting volunteer teaching aids from a cross-section of ages that would attend class weekly or biweekly, and form personal connections with young children, we could be helping to inoculate the future against prejudice. If you are a parent, you can also help by increasing your child’s interaction with adults of all ages. We all must face the future together, and this plan of adult child interaction will help stop the walls of prejudice, the, “us versus them,” distinction, from forming at all.
Racism in America
Racism in America is a serious issue that we cannot stand by and ignore. Racism can be extremely emotionally hurtful, and deteriorating to ones self esteem. It is based off the false idea that one race is superior to another. There is no room for racism in our world and we must get rid of this type of thinking. The best way to do this is too educate our young, while they are toddlers and beginning to develop their beliefs and values. It’s hard to change how adults think now, because they were brought up thinking a certain way. But if we can change how the toddlers think, then our future generations won’t have racism in the back of their minds. America would be a lot more peaceful if we didn't have all these race related incidents.
Discrimination Based on Appearance and Dress
Religious Discrimination is valuing or treating a person or group differently because of what they do or do not believe. It is when different religions or denominations are treated unequally, before law. Today I will be discussing the importance of ending religious discrimination worldwide. : According to the article, Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous, by Tim Cook, he states that “Discrimination isn’t something that’s easy to oppose. It doesn’t always stare you in the face. It moves in the shadows. And sometimes it shrouds itself within the very laws meant to protect us.” Religious discrimination is currently happening worldwide, countries like Canada, Germany, Greece, and the United States find themselves in cases where discrimination of some sort occurs.
The situation of these events are currently getting out of hand. The amount of cases that toke place this decade in the United States, has surpassed 100, not adding other countries to the sum. For example, the Unites States, is known for their Bill of Rights law, including the law for freedom of religion/ belief, yet when looking at graphs and searching up religious discriminations, a numerous amount of articles and cases were brought forth. According to the DoSomething Campaign, “Nearly 50% of countries increased their religious discrimination between 2009 and 2010, and only 32% saw decreases.” “Jarvis, 19, was upset after an administrator asked her to take the cross necklace off, saying the religious symbol of her Christian faith might offend some other students who did not share her beliefs.” Says the author Andrea Billups, who wrote the article, “Christian Student in Discrimination Case May Leave University.”
The significant problem is that people are becoming bolder and the retaliation shows. People of all sorts are being harassed based on their religion, and having to face difficult circumstances. “Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case filed by a Muslim plaintiff, Samantha Elauf, who argued that clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch denied her a job because of her hijab,” posted by Gurjot Kaur, in her article “Abercrombie Religious Discrimination Case Less Than Cool for Supreme Court, Sikh Americans.” It is very insulting and disrespectful for things like this to be reoccurring, and should not be tolerated in any way.
You ask for my opinions about how to stop all this nonsense, simple, I demands an early intervention in high schools, placing students into discrimination courses. . At this certain age, kids are old enough to grasp important information and use it in everyday life. People all over, are getting too comfortable with breaking the laws of the Bill of Rights, and other laws other countries have established. With this policy enforced, individuals will be satisfied that something is being done about this disgraceful act. Money will be saved as of court cases becoming more minimal in the world. As of all this analysis, Religious Discrimination should be taken more seriously. It’s caused law suits, retaliation by others and several amounts of chaos. It invades your personal space, and what you stand for. So stand with me on the right side and let’s get rid of these prejudice efforts towards other religions, by educating the new generation about the Discriminations and the effects it has on other individuals.