‘Dis­crim­i­na­tion’ can also be plain big­otry

Austin American-Statesman - - BALANCED VIEWS -

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

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