reply to post by woodwardjnr
I do not believe that I have ever been discriminated against on any one of those data points. I suppose you could argue that because I am male,
lesbians discriminate against me when selecting potential sexual partners, but thats a whole can of worms that doesnt need opening really.
However, I have been discriminated against on other data points. I have, at times, been discriminated against because I enjoy thinking, learning,
knowing, using my mind to do more than simply fire the neurons required to keep my heart beating, my lungs exchanging oxygen for carbon dioxide, and
my other various bodily processes moving as they ought to. For most of my early years, those of my age group made my life miserable, because when they
were all obsessing over the newest moron to be signed to a football club, and staying up to watch international matches, I was making sure to set the
VCR to record The Sky At Night, or the latest Horizon special on one or another interesting bit of science and technology news, and making sure to
keep up with Star Trek The Next Generation episodes.
When in class as a young boy, I was initially interested in learning, wanted as much data as I could lay hands on. When I was five I was asking
questions that were flummoxing my teachers, and attracting all the wrong attention from others, while the other children in the class were planning
who to squeeze some lunch money out of later on, and generally being abusive little gits to one another.
Because of this difference, I was ridiculed, assaulted regularly to varying degrees of severity. As I developed personal tastes for music, further
differences became apparant in that while I had a preference for soaring guitars, heavy drums, and frantic, passionate vocals, others became obsessed
with the typical music of the period, the terrible nonsense that used to appear on Top of The Pops between 1990, and the end of its production, which
was, with only the rarest of exceptions, utter dross at best (Spice Girls, N-sync, Oxide and Neutrino, various speed garage crap and so on).
I never had a peer group during my school days as a result. I was a pariah, not a loner, merely alone.
More recently I have been discriminated against because of my age, most often by customers in our store who believe that my relative youth (I am
twenty eight years old for Gods sake) means that I am incapable of understanding the English language, let alone successfully completing a task which
I am set, nor indeed having the slightest knowledge when compared to thier own, on any given subject, including locksmithing, which is my profession
and has been since 2005. I am also discriminated against, because I have long hair, a beard, and tattoos which apparantly makes me a villanous cad,
one whom upon spying coming the other way on the street, any reasonable person would cross over to avoid, despite heavy traffic.
Race, religion, colour, nationality, its true that people discriminate over all these issues, and they are the issues that often make he news for one
reason or another. However, discrimination happens where ever there is a difference between one person, and a percieved majority of other people, no
matter how apparantly slight that difference might be.
I will be going to a heavy metal festival early next month, at which thier is a stage, called the Sophie stage. It was named thusly, because of an
incident details of which I have provided a link to.
From the various reportage on this subject at the time of her death, it was pretty clear that the motive for the attack can be boiled down to
"because they were moshers". There is far more to it than nationality and colour, sexuality or gender bias. People will hate anything they do not
understand, given virtually no provocation.