We are limited by discrimination

Mexicans are discriminated against for their skin tone, the way they speak, weight, height, the way they dress, social class, religious beliefs, age, and social orientation

We are limited by discrimination
Indigenous groups are one of the most affected communities - Photo: John Moore/EL UNIVERSAL
English 07/08/2018 09:14 Mexico City Newspaper Leader Actualizada 09:17
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In Mexico, discrimination is a deeply rooted reality. It is a phenomenon that hurts the population when they are the victim, but it's also a common practice in everyday life. Also, contrary to what you might expect, discrimination has been normalized to the point that, even when it is visible, it stops being relevant.

According to the National Survey on Discrimination 2017, one in every five Mexicans (18+) have suffered discrimination in our country. There are several causes: skin tone, the way they speak, weight, height, the way they dress, social class, religious beliefs, age, and social orientation. Therefore, Mexicans discriminate themselves, and at the same time, they hate being an object of rejection.

Exercising the most basic rights is the foundation of any democracy, but in Mexico, this is not possible yet. Over 20% of the survey participants said that they have been unjustly denied a right in the last five years, according to the study presented by the Inegi.

Public spaces are places where discrimination is present, but it shouldn't be forgotten that it is a phenomenon that also exists in private: at home, inside families, and companies. Discrimination is not only about the lack of empathy, it is a basic form of violence that Mexicans practice between them, based on prejudices. Moreover, discrimination is the first step towards the annulment of the other.

While Mexicans are hurt by the mistreatment towards fellow citizens in the US., for example, here in Mexico, Centroamerican immigrants on their way to the US are humiliated. And this is only a small example of the multiple sides of discrimination.

In the past, it has been proven that in Mexico there isn't a community or country view. It's not gratuitous, then, that mutual rejection is an everyday expression of inequality and bitterness. Nevertheless, in the face of normalized discrimination, it is necessary to compare the other as a reflection of the individual self. For the creation of democratic communities, the concept of the “other” is basic because it translates into an individual conscience, in contrast with the rest, which is based on shared values.

Democracy is based on diversity and shared life is constructed by differences, it couldn't be any other way. The study published by the Inegi is just a small sample of the urgent need, in the country and of the citizens, to make an effort to promote tolerance and acceptance towards the other. A society that rejected itself every day has no development possibilities.

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