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Strebler's Perspective


Discrimination encouraged here!” That, written large on my whiteboard, was what greeted students one day, and it sure got their attention. "Why would you want us to discriminate, Mr. Strebler; I thought you didn’t like racism?” But discrimination, just like racism, is a word that is very often misunderstood and misused, and that was the point of the slogan on the board.


When you look up discriminate in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (this is what we used in the dark, dark days before Wikipedia), you see that, just like most words, it is defined in a number of ways. It is only the fourth definition that says to “make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit; against a certain nationality.” The earlier, more generally appropriate definitions have to do with telling the difference between one thing and another. For instance, a wise voter can discriminate between a ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.

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