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Observations Life and Death

The double face of discrimination

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c578 (Published 04 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c578

Rx for Discrimination

Discrimination is natural and instinctive, but limiting and destructive. It's only
natural to fear and avoid people who appear different. But this fear poisons our
mind, limits our relationships, and destroys our opportunities for growth. So
discrimination victimizes the bigot as well as the object of bigotry. How can we
deal with discrimination? We should expect and accept it as a natural, albeit
hypervigilant, defense mechanism that needs remediation through education,
reassurance, and positive experiences.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 February 2010
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA