Color Discrimination



Discriminationagainst people of color is illegal. Despite the efforts to fight it,there are still several cases of discrimination in the country.People of color continue to face discrimination in various situationssuch as workplaces, schools, housing, shopping among othersituations.

Fromthe interview, it is clear that people of color are not fullyaccepted by the white people. My first interviewee, who is an AfricanAmerican, claimed that she faced much discrimination in work place.She works in a high class hotel that has employed both white andblack people. However, she claims that they are not treated equally.Black people are given the jobs of washing the dishes, bussingtables, restocking, and other works behind the scenes. On the otherhand, white people are given the job of dealing with customersdirectly like seating people, waiting beside the tables, and ringingup checks. According to the interviewee, there are no single whitepeople behind the scenes and there are no black people in the scenes.Although it can be termed that the hotel gives people employmentdepending on their qualifications, the interviewee confirmed thatthey have same qualifications only that the management does not findblack people suitable to welcome visitors. As such, they are giventhe harder jobs where they have no direct contacts with customers.Treating employees differently based on color qualifies asdiscrimination and is unlawful (US Equal Employment OpportunityCommission, n.d).

Theinterviewee has learnt to live with discrimination. She is afraidthat if she airs her views, she might lose a job. Recently, one ofher colleague lost her job when she started complaining. She tried toconvince other black people in the hotel to file a complaint againsttheir employer, but none complied. It is not that they do not wantthe change, but are afraid to lose their jobs. Further, they claimedthat they do not have money to file a complaint, hire a lawyer, andwait for a long time before their case is completed. Even if theywould want to be assigned better jobs like their white counterparts,they are not willing to fight because this job sustains theirlivelihoods.

Thesecond interviewee, who was also African American, claimed that hehas faced discrimination in many instances. To start with, he startedfacing discrimination right at school. He was enrolled in one of thebest schools in the region that is dominated by white people. When hejoined the school, he realized that he had to deal withdiscrimination. Few students wanted to make friends with him, and inmany occasions he was given funny names based on his skin color. Whenhe tried to fight back, he realized that it was in vain because eventhe teachers who were supposed to help also discriminated againsthim. This continued until he decided to change school to one that hasmany black students and people of low and middle social class. Thishelped him a lot as he was able to cope and feel as part of otherstudents.

Itis difficult to fight against discrimination especially amongstchildren and people with low income. In the case of the secondinterviewee, it was clear that he was facing discrimination however,he had no proof to file a case against the discriminators. His lackof friends cannot act as profound evidence against those whodiscriminated against him because everybody has the right to befriendwhoever he/she desires. The first interviewee also faced anotherdifficulty in work place. The employer may claim that she is notqualified to be in the front scenes. Further, since she needs the joband has neither money nor time to file a complaint, she has to facediscrimination without questioning.


USEqual Employment Opportunity Commission (n.d). Factsabout Race/.