There is no such thing. Discrimination is discrimination. The opposite (or reverse) of discrimination would be equality, and your teacher is certainly not asking for an example of equality.
I think he/she wants an example of discrimination that works against the historically favored group, which is white...
Best answer: There is no such thing. Discrimination is discrimination. The opposite (or reverse) of discrimination would be equality, and your teacher is certainly not asking for an example of equality.
I think he/she wants an example of discrimination that works against the historically favored group, which is white men.
Affirmative action, or diversity initiatives, or inclusion programs, or whatever today's term is for institutionalized racism, is an example of such discrimination. The intent of AA is a good one: to give women and members of ethnic minorities a "leg up" in a career which has historically been dominated by white men. The supposition is that, since racial and gender equality initiatives are a fairly recent component of our society, that women and racial minorities may be disadvantaged, since their family members are unlikely to have achieved as much as they otherwise would have, due to gender or racial discrimination. It's hard to become an engineer or a doctor when you're the first member of your family to graduate high school, or the first woman in your family to have a career outside the home.
Unfortunately, such programs hurt the very people that they were designed to help. By considering any factors other than education and experience in a job interview, affirmative action is lowers the bar for these historically disadvantaged groups. This tends to ensure that members of those groups who get hired are less qualified or less competent than other frontrunners for the job. It ensures that members of those groups don't have to work as hard to reach their goals, and makes other applicants work harder to get where they are. This often produces less-than-motivated applicants from those groups, and makes it likely that white men who did make the cut are more driven and dedicated as a result. I think you can see why these programs, while admirable in theory, work poorly in practice.
Men are widely discriminated against in our legal system. Ironically, this discrimination is due to the same traditional gender-normative stereotypes that kept women out of the workplace a few decades ago. Men are thought of as more ruthless and violent than women, and less prone to emotional outbursts. Men are therefore regularly sentenced more harshly and for longer than are women that have committed the same offense.
In custody battles, men are woefully underserved, receiving full custody in less than 1 in 10 custody battles (cases in which both parents fight for custody). Women receive custody about seven times as often, and the remaining ~20% of cases ends in joint custody, or both parents losing custody to the state. Men are ordered to pay child support more often, and on average must pay a greater percentage of their income as child support than do women.
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