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How does discrimination happen?
Some types of discrimination are really obvious while other types are not. But they can all still affect you. Some ways discrimination might happen is when someone:
Calls you hurtful or racist names
Treats you badly or unfairly
Commits a hate crime against you
Hurts you physically (abuse and violence)
Makes you defend who you are and what you believe in
Doesn’t respect your identity, beliefs or opinions
Leaves you out or excludes you on purpose
Hurts you emotionally (verbal and emotional abuse)
How does it affect you?
Being discriminated against can make you feel:
- Sad or depressed
- Lonely, isolated or excluded
- Anxious or scared of being hurt verbally or physically
- Unable to concentrate on your study or work
- Angry or as if you want to retaliate
- Like there’s no hope
I’ve been racially discriminated against at work by some customers. A lot of the time I ignored it but sometimes it gets too much. It’s important to stand your ground, speak up if it’s safe to do so and report it to someone – Jilly*, 19 years old
What can you do in that situation?
Nobody should face discrimination but sadly it does happen. Here are some tips on what you can do:
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