The most common subjects related to diversity center around race, color, gender, religion, and economic states. Many other related subjects are often also considered such as education, language, physical abilities, age and culture. Today’s generations are beginning to look for or build common threads around which differences can be shared. From celebrating diversity to discrimination it’s only one small step, that doesn’t necessarily make us bad members of society but, voluntarily or not, people tend to alternate between the notion of celebrating diversity, and discrimination. How many of you have ever interacted with Roma teenagers, have ever visited an alms-house, volunteered for a local clubbing of funds for the poor people, or simply how many of you have ever considered discrimination to be one of world’s biggest social problems? You see, it’s not all about government’s measurements, laws or conventions, but also the mentality, culture, education, believes, tendency to judge, stereotype, and label, of each one of us.
First of all, many modern states have already adopted new Conventions which take over notions from “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, for example “without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. Additionally, modern states have also adopted “The Disability Discrimination Act”, or provided a policy for all kinds of minority. Lots of actions were taken by the government or private institutions to make up for the past discrimination in education, work or promotion on the basics of gender, race, ethnic origin, religion or disability. Moreover, things needed for a less disabling and more user-friendly environment were taken into consideration, such as text telephones for the deaf, busses that lower their platforms, buttons on lifts, telephones and other amenities placed low enough.
But, what about you? Give life to tolerance, respect, consensus and place yourself between discrimination and globalization, because in the end, it all comes to people’s social relationship.