With reference to The Outsiders, what does discrimination mean to you?

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"Discrimination" is the act of evaluating something or someone based on innate characteristics. Typically, it's used to describe the act of prejudicial judgment against another person.

Discrimination can manifest at individual or at systemic levels and often manifests in both at the same time. An individual might choose friends who...

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"Discrimination" is the act of evaluating something or someone based on innate characteristics. Typically, it's used to describe the act of prejudicial judgment against another person.

Discrimination can manifest at individual or at systemic levels and often manifests in both at the same time. An individual might choose friends who only come from their same social class or racial background, which would be an act of discrimination against other groups. A system might perpetuate laws and roadblocks that routinely block marginalized groups from having the highest level of access, like the redlining laws historically used to sequester Black residents to specific neighborhoods in American cities and towns. Many acts of discrimination straddle both spheres—if, for example, a realtor favors white homebuyers over marginalized racial groups, that realtor is individually discriminating in a way that upholds systemic discrimination problems.

In the context of The Outsiders, class discrimination is especially evident—one gang is treated much less fairly by society by virtue of their lower socioeconomic status.

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