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​Discrimination - The unequal treatment of members of various groups based on race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion and other categories.  

Source: Racial equity tools (n.d.).  Glossary:  Discrimination.  Retrieved May 8, 2017 from http://racialequitytools.org/glossary#discrimination 

Examples

Harassment:  Inappropriate jokes, insults, name-calling or displays such as a poster or cartoons directed at a person because of race, colour, sex or gender, sexual orientation, etc.

Wage discrimination:  An employer offering a lower wage for similar work because of gender, race, sexual orientation, etc.

Discrimination in hiring:  During a job interview, being asked inappropriate questions about: child care arrangements if you are a parent or whether or not you plan to have children; disabilities or health limitations; age; religion or any other personal characteristic protected under human rights; and not getting a job based solely on response to these questions and not qualifications or experience.

Source:  National Association of Japanese Canadians (2017).  What are some examples of discrimination?  Retrieved May 8, 2017 from https://najc.ca/what-are-some-examples-of-discrimination/

How to take safe and purposeful action

Everyone has a responsibility to create environments in which others feel safe.

Read outside the Lines:  It is important for young people to have characters, in both fiction and nonfiction, who feel relatable. Host a book club that reads texts by or about individuals who hold identities outside the socially defined "norm."  Check out some of these titles: ParrotfishSymptoms of Being Human, and Tomboy.

Safe Space Flag:  Almost 1 in 4 students report being bullied at school. Designate a Safe Space, where bullying isn't tolerated.

*For a more complete list visit the link below.

Source:  Gender Spectrum (2017).  10 ways you can stand up to discrimination today.  Retrieved May 8, 2017 from https://www.genderspectrum.org/blog/10-ways-you-can-stand-up-to-discrimination-today/

Resources

Engage partners, make allies and join a cause: https://www.dosomething.org/campaigns

Explore the strengths of diversity by learning tips and tools to use in classrooms and other settings:
http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/diverse2.html

People experience racial discrimination in a variety of different ways.  Visit Ontario Human Rights Commission for examples: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/examples-racial-discrimination-fact-sheet