Questions tagged [discrimination]

Deliberately different treatment of people on the basis of characteristics regarded by others as irrelevant, such as gender, race, or sexual orientation.

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What is the fundamental difference between catching whales and hunting other animals?

I read this article and it seems like activists from cultures without a long history of whaling are inconsistent in their criticism of Japan for its whaling. Many cultural cuisines like rabbits, cows,...
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Are there any programs in the US to increase male participation in female-dominated jobs?

As an example, only 20% of elementary & middle school teachers in the US are male, similar to the percentage of software engineers who are female. Are there any government programs in place to ...
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Why did cannabis get legalized first?

The number of drug "addicts" are about 5% of users. So most users are not even addicts. This one says 10% of users become addicts. I am sure it means 10% of illegal drug users. First, medical ...
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Why are gender and race mentioned so often in politics, even though they're supposed to be irrelevant in a progressive society?

As an example, Hillary Clinton's gender was mentioned on every corner during the 2016 campaign and she was touted as the "first female candidate for President". Likewise Obama was consistently hailed ...
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How are inter-religious disputes handled in the US and Canada? [closed]

I was reading Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?. Perhaps religion has a definitive clause somewhere in federal law, no doubt, and indeed religions are prevented ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

I am wondering about developed countries in general, but my experience (and the focus of this question) is the USA and Canada. There are laws in place to prevent discrimination. It is illegal, for ...
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Does the phrase “Bake the cake, bigot!” have a specific origin? [closed]

I sometimes see the phrase "Bake the cake, bigot!" on the internet, predominantly from American conservatives mocking American liberals. While I'm aware of more than one lawsuit involving anti-gay-...
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Do left wing organisations fight against disenfranchisement in countries/states where disenfranchised voters typically vote for right wing parties?

As an example, Voter ID laws are disfavored by the Democratic party in the US because those laws lead to the disfranchisement of minority and low-income voters. But at the same time minority and low-...
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Does the term “white privilege” apply to Eastern Europeans?

Does the concept of "white privilege" also apply to (for example) Eastern Europeans, according to the political groups, who it? How is it explained? I am mostly talking about hard line groups, like ...
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Is it discrimination that women live longer but don't pay higher pension contributions? [closed]

In UK women live 4 years longer on average than men(79 vs 83). However, national insurance is the same for both genders. The similar situation exists in most countries(in many countries it is even ...
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Why are Jewish related places being targeted?

Places related to presumably non-Israeli, non-American Jews have been violently attacked subsequent to the Trump administration’s Jerusalem decision: in Europe a synagogue was firebombed and a kosher ...
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Is “poorphobia” a valid type of discrimination?

I originally posted this question in Skeptics.SE. My humanities teacher was apart of a Wikipedia project with a class describing the "discrimination against social precarity", using a newly-coined ...
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Why is it legal to discriminate by gender when letting rooms and flats?

In the UK (and apparently most other western countries) there are incredibly strict laws against gender discrimination in the workplace, education, services, military etc. However, when it comes to ...
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What do British people think about female-only carriages on trains?

I read that one politician in British Labour party suggested implementing a women-only carriage but immediately got backlash (here or here). I tried accessing some of these articles but all of them ...
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Why can New Jersey discriminate against age but not race or gender?

This article says software profiling by race or gender is bad. https://www.yahoo.com/tech/one-state-apos-bail-reform-110000351.html By far the most controversial element of the state’s ...
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Does categorizing/framing actions/labeling people based on intent stem the growth of that action?

I was wondering if labeling people and actions based on intent has had any observable affect on the actual action itself. i.e. Things like Terrorism or hate crimes Intuitively I can only see these ...
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Why is Canada's bill C-16 believed to be legislating pronoun use?

The Canadian bill C-16 ("An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code") has been the subject of heated debate and controversy. I admit I hadn't followed it very closely, but I'...
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Are there countries where the Roma have integrated into local society?

I live in Czech Republic and the Roma minority here is considered to be the biggest source of crime - most prisoners belong to the Roma ethnic even though they only make up 2-3% of the population. ...
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What are reasons that America has the highest incarceration rate in the world?

America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, both in absolute numbers, and relative to population (only China and India have higher populations, and they have fewer people incarcerated). ...
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Is a Dutch political party's program allowed to contradict the constitution prima facie?

Several days ago, the Dutch PVV party published a program with several anti-Islamic measures including the closure of mosques and a ban on the Quran. Now, without getting into the actual political ...
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Is it a general principle that federal contractors have to follow the same rules as the U.S. Government?

House Republicans just passed the Maloney amendment, which supports President Obama's Executive Order 13672. For those who don't know, that executive order states that the federal government is not ...
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Awareness and opinion of Russians on USSR ethnicity-based population transfers

I'd heard about the deportation of the Crimean tatars for the first time from the Eurovision song 1944, which is one of many population transfers in the Soviet Union. How aware are Russian people ...
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Is there a term for a test or requirement given in bad faith?

In Australia under the White Australia Policy, the Dictation Test was a test given in bad faith to exclude non-whites and other undesirables. As one example, a Jewish communist was asked to be tested ...
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How many people are necessary and for how long to form an Ethnic Minority?

Everything is in the title. For instance in Switzerland, the Romansh are considered an ethnic minority, even though only 36'000 people speaks the language (or I should say the languages since it is ...
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Right to refuse service without explanation

I have a question regarding the right to refuse service. Can you be refused from a store without an explanation? I went to my local Family Dollar and the assistant manager rudely told me, "Umm ...
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Is cultural assimilation a violation of human rights for immigrants? [closed]

For immigrants, is it a violation of human rights to use cultural assimilation policies ?
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How would the Libertarian non-coercion policy apply to a business being required to bake a cake for a gay wedding?

Oregon has levied fines on a family (after their business has already been dissolved) because the owners refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding. The owners (and future cake making business owners) ...
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Does the right to freedom of association give private organizations the right to discriminate on a religious basis?

The right to freedom of association "is the right to join or leave groups of a person's own choosing, and for the group to take collective action to pursue the interests of members." The right is ...
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What impact do broken families and little church attendance on black youth's odds of success?

Dinesh D'Souza theorizes in his book, The End of Racism, that black culture is preventing blacks from succeeding in America. The institutional racism from the past is gone, and in general blacks only ...
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Do disabled people have less of a right to their medical information than legal adults?

Consider a disabled person who is a legal adult. If his or her doctor wants to withhold medical information from them: Does the doctor have more of a right to do so simply because that person is ...
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Why did “inter-racial” marriage attract disapproval even from African-Americans?

In a post by Gallup, In U.S., 87% Approve of Black-White Marriage, vs. 4% in 1958, past polls indicate that while the majority of African-Americans have approved of "inter-racial" marriages since ...
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Democracies that don't apply “One vote equals one person”

I'm specifically asking for DIRECT bias so basically everything that isn't "One person = one vote". (So no Citizens United: That decision didn't allow 'organizations' to cast votes DIRECTLY so for ...
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Is discrimination against hibakushas (atomic bomb victims) legal?

Hibakushas, literally "explosion-affected people", were victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some of them, and their descendants, faced discrimination. Via Wikipedia: Studs ...
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Does the Arizona bill grant a religious exemption to discrimination laws?

The Arizona state legislature has just passed a bill called SB 1062, designed to protect religious liberty. Opponents claim that it will allow businesses to refuse to serve people on the grounds of ...