‘Discrimination’ can also be plain bigotry
Re: Sept. 21 commentary, “Discrimination, prejudice mean very different things.”
Williams is correct in the broad scope of his statement in that opinion piece.
Discrimination technically means to choose one thing over another. Where he loses his way is when he doesn’t seem to understand that it matters why someone discriminates in the first place.
Hitler “discriminated” against all other people in the world when he decided that Jews and Romany would be his target. The KKK “discriminated” when they decided that anyone with “one drop of black blood” was less than a human being.
The reason behind these discriminations was prejudice, pure and simple. And I see his point when he’s talking about the police chief looking for “young males between 15-25” in his example.
Prejudice comes to bear when black (or other) people get pulled over or accosted on the sidewalk for no reason or reported to police simply for being in a particular area. That’s wrong.
MIKE MARTIN, PFLUGERVILLE