Discrimination: Treatment or consideration based on class or category, such as race or gender, rather than individual merit; partiality or prejudice.
Non-discrimination: the practice of treating people, companies, countries, etc. in the same way as others in order to be fair.
I am going to assume for our purposes, that we can stipulate that these are proper definitions.
I had the opportunity, the privilege, to visit with two ladies who were both officials in the highest echelons of college football. The one lady gave a talk on her experiences. She is also a mother of a four-year old. After her talk, she was asked if having her son had changed her priorities. Her answer was absolutely; her son had become her number one priority and not her career. This answer just increased my respect for her as a person.
After her talk, I was asked what my thoughts were about having a female officiate football. My answer was and is, I think it is great, so long as the same standards were used to choose her that would be used to choose anybody. The choice should not be based on what the individual must do to keep their hair under the hat (she had commented that this was something she had to learn to do), but it should be based on the ability to preform the duties of an official.
In the United States, we no longer use that criteria. We now use some class or category as a criteria and have forsaken merit. We do this when choosing individuals applying to the armed forces. We do this when choosing individuals for entrance into colleges and universities. We do this when hiring in different workplaces, and Biden did this when choosing cabinet members. We are witnessing the disaster this has created and is creating every day.
When standards are lowered to accommodate certain categories, it is damaging to all. The performance of the company, the group, the team is now lower and the category of favored people do not strive to meet the higher standards when they realize they will be chosen based on their category and not their ability.
When any society begins to lower expectations, to lower standards, to purposefully lower performance, they have agreed to damage their society. The naïve or those championing discrimination, might believe they are indeed helping those in the assisted category, but they are in fact damaging them the most.
The ladies with whom I visited, would never have accepted the positions they were offered if they thought they were hired because of their gender and not their ability. This is how the United States developed. These ladies are true Americans and deserve the love and thanks of us all. Sadly, the left, doing what they claim is correcting an injustice, is in fact destroying our society and creating victims as opposed to achievers, achievers like the ladies who continue to raise the level of officiating for all.
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