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Profile picture Renato Sabolboro
Philippine Independence Day
One of the things we need to do is to raise the idea that discrimination should be one of the things that we need to weed out in our culture. We encounter this everytime and people don't seem to mind them, or have we made ourselves imune to the concept that its OK to be discriminated against. This is the reason why we group into our own "whatever" and exclude others - be it ethnic origin, language spoken, faith, physical appearance, etc.

Somehow here in the US, things of these nature are never tolerated and could be ground for going to jail because they understand that this is one of the things that could break down society and weaken freedom.

As they say, my $0.02.
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Hi Bong. One of the incidents that shaped my approach toward racism was what my brother said to me while we were discussing the subject of racism. He said, "You have to look at your heart. How do you feel about Chinese, Isnegs and Aetas?" Growing up in Northern Cagayan province, I realized that we all had our own prejudices. So when I talk about racism, I don't speak of it as an American or South African or French or Filipino phenomenon. I speak of it not as something natural to be shrugged off but to be confessed and confronted because it is no less than a sin against God and man.
- ed
Profile picture Aurora G. Pal-Montano Re: Philippine Independence Day

Ed_Agnir wrote:

"Hi Bong. One of the incidents that shaped my approach toward racism was what my brother said to me while we were discussing the subject of racism. He said, "You have to look at your heart. How do you feel about Chinese, Isnegs and Aetas?" Growing up "
Hi fellow Sillimanians! It's great that you all have continued to devote some of your precious time to issues of discrimination and racism. Unfortunately, discrimination appears to be inevitable in our world. Fortunately, we do have a choice whether to use discrimination for good or ill. Obviously, when we discriminate against certain persons for reasons that have to do with their racial/ethnic origin, religion, sex or gender preferences, that by law (in the U.S.) and to me
is morally wrong. On the other hand, when we discriminate (or decide) in favor of certain persons to do selected jobs because of their evidenced-based exceptional abilities for those jobs, I'd say that is the right thing to do especially in a society such as ours which values hard work and individual achievements.

Discrimination, a behavioral (an action) manifestaion, is often confused with prejudice, which is an attitude (i.e., racism). It is worth noting that not everyone with prejudicial inclinations towards certain categories of people, have the power to discriminate (i.e. are not in positions with policy-making powers or powers to hire and fire). Dinhi na lang usa. Keep up the reflection and action....