Ethnic discrimination is to judge or treat someone or a group of people on irrelevant basis due to their race or ethnic group.
For example, the Jewish in Nazi, Germany were treated badly and even killed because of their Jewish being. The Indians are subjected to ethnic discrimination by the British country.
Forms of ethnic discrimination
- Direct – This is when one is treated badly or less favored to others due to their ethnic group or race one belongs. The person can be less favored at place of work or in shopping place, where one can be treated differently from others or receive different services from the one another person of different ethnic group receives.
- Indirect –This happens when an organization adopts a policy that discriminates people from other ethnic group and favors others. This may be in terms of employment, hence, the employment opportunities will not be the same, and the person receives discrimination indirectly.
- Harassment – When ones conduct or behavior affects the rights of another person and his comfortable being due to his ethnic group, it is known as harassment.
- Victimization- This happens when a person defending the rights of a certain group due to their discrimination receives bad treatment. One will be subjected to ethnic discrimination for supporting a certain ethnic group, this is victimization.
The images above show protest and campaigns against ethnic discrimination. They show people rioting as others demonstrate against racial discrimination. Other images show discrimination of some ethnic group due to their color through cartoons and through writing.
Activities that campaign against racial discrimination are through memorial meeting, torch lights and info stands, solidarity picketing, demonstrations and press releases.
These activities help the minority and those discriminated to air their views and present their complaints to the government to improve their living standards and comfort ability of their being.
Positives of the protests and fight against Ethnic discrimination
The protests as shown in the photos against discrimination have helped a lot in restoring back the rights of the ethnic group subjected and have helped them in achieving the following.
- Freedom-the groups have gained freedom of speech, they can be able to air their views and be hears clearly and their issues to be responded upon. They can move to places they were restricted to move to without any restrictions.
- Equal job opportunities- this has been enhanced by setting up of Racial Quotas. This are places to ensure that the hiring, admitting and promoting activities are carried out without bias based on an ethnic group. This helps in diminishing racial discrimination and reducing under representation of some ethnic groups that were subjected to the discrimination.
- Better education – all schools were under equality and all races could attend the schools they liked and preferred. This ensured that the ethnic discriminated groups got better quality of education that all other groups got.
- Better Hospitals and Housing Facilities-the groups got better services in hospitals due to less discrimination and they moved to places with better housing since they could afford after getting better jobs, that they were not discriminated against.
Negatives of Ethnic Discrimination
- Discrimination in the labor market-the discriminated group had less job opportunities, which lead to them being unemployed and poverty increase in the community due to the discrimination.
- Harassment – the groups suffered harassment in job places and in offices where they needed services.
- The ethnic groups under discrimination suffered due to receiving poor services in hospitals and poor housing because of the places where they lived and no good jobs due to discrimination.
- Poor education. They cannot access better school with quality education since they are discriminated of their ethnic group. This leads to poor education and, as a result, leading to lower chances and opportunity in getting jobs.
- Some people in the ethnic group were detained and this lead to fear among the people in the ethnic group since their rights had been infringed upon.
The demonstrations and protests lead to improvement and diminishing of the ethnic discrimination and improvement of the lifestyle and living standards of such ethnic groups.