When it hurts to be different

Aretha,
Toledo, OH

Not all differences are embraced and celebrated. There has been times I have felt uncomfortable in situations and circumstances for being different, especially being around others who were different than me. I’m certain that there were also times I made others feel uncomfortable for being who I am around them. How often do we not only immediately recognize that others are different than us but also embrace and accept them immediately for it? Do we live our lives as though we are higher, better, or more important that they are.

It hurts to be different and it hurts to be discriminated against for one’s difference. There are times in life where everyone will or have already been discriminated against. Classism, Racism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ageism, Ableism and Religious Oppression plays a part of discrimination in our society today. It is something some of us know too well and a real life struggle for many.

Here is a list of only 15 “ It hurts to be discriminated against” post and examples of differences. I would like for this conversation to continue, and I’m looking for a goal of 2015 before the end of the year, please post and spread any further thoughts, Please add a post!

1.) It hurts to be discriminated against because you are different
different styles, different likes, different taste.
2.) It hurts to be discriminated against because you have different
lower income, higher income, poorer housing, better housing.
3.) It hurts to be discriminated against because your skin is different
white, pale, dark, light, brown, mixed or red.
4.) It hurts to be discriminated against because you think different
liberal, conservative, radical, republican, democrat.
5.) It hurts to be discriminated against because you look different
skinny, heavy, tall, short.
6.) It hurts to be discriminated against because your hair is different
long, short, thin, coarse, bald.
7.) It hurts to be discriminated against because you see different,
contact lens, near sided, far sided, thick glasses.
8.) It hurts to be discriminated against because you smell different
odors, cologne use, perfume use, musk.
9.) It hurts to be discriminated against because your addiction is different
drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, adultery.
10.)It hurts to be discriminated against because you believe different
christian, buddhist, muslim, hindu.
10.) It hurts to be discriminated against because you walk different
bo-leg, slow, fast, dip, straight, switch, wobble,
11.) It hurts to be discriminated against because you talk different
Country, accent, proper, valley girl
12.) It hurts to be discriminated against because your music is different,
hip-hop, soul, country, soul, blues, hard rock
13.) It hurts to be discriminated against because you want different
peace, harmony, love,
14.) It hurts to be discriminated against because you parenting style is different
Strict, permissive, authoritative, authoritarian
15.) It hurts to be discriminated against because your age is different.
Young, middle-aged, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s

The pain of being different is real and it hurts. This is something we must recognize and work towards better serving each other through embracing our differences.
Thank you for reading 
Again a small goal of 2,015 post needed by the end of the year!

 

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