Conscious Discrimination

Psychologists claim that discrimination is wired in our brains, starting at early stages of our lives. Please read: “Even babies discriminate: a nurtureshock excerpt”

Since our brains are making many unconscious decisions most of the time, we have to try hard consciously and avoid¬†behaviour that can be seen as discrimination and may upset people around us, colleagues, friends, family members…

Simple matters can cause it:

  • skin colour (like in the news article below),
  • nationality, language, accent,
  • political opinions, religious beliefs,
  • gender preferences,
  • clothes we wear, tattoos,
  • types of food we eat (vegetarian, vegan etc.),
  • hobbies,
  • devices we use (Apple vs others), cars we drive (expensive vs cheap),
  • programming languages and tools/frameworks we use.

Worse bit is conscious discrimination! Some companies are trying to resolve that issue with formal training; many are ignoring it!

BBC: “Miss India contest: Why do all the finalists ‘look the same’?”


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