Racism is belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capabilities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. People who bully others due to their race harass others using racial slurs, offensive or derogatory remarks about a person's race or color, or display racially-offensive symbols, tease others, use offhand comments or hostile actions.
Sexism is the unfair treatment of people because of their sex or gender. Often times people are sexually harassed through sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Other ways of harassment include using include offensive remarks about a person's sex or making offensive comments about one's gender.
Ageism is prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group. Often times a certain age group is stereotyped due to the way only some of that group acts. For example, older people as a whole are called bad drivers and teenagers are called wreckless. Although this may be true for some people of those groups, it is not true for the group as a whole. People who bully others because of their age use offhand comments about one's age and are sometimes hostile as well. Unfair advantages are often times brought about when getting hired or not due to one's age.
If you are bullied, there are many ways to cope with this issue.
- Focus on your strengths, and focus on your core values and beliefs so you can be motivated to succeed.
- Seek support systems. You are not the only one dealing with this. It is good to find people who are dealing with discrimination so you can talk about it.
- Get involved- getting involved in groups or organizations can help get your mind off of discrimination and help you get through it
- Don't dwell- if you continue to think about discrimination it will never go away, if you move forward and forget about it, it will get better.
- Seek professional help- talking to a psychologist can help you find healthy ways to cope.
If you witness bullying, it is extremely important to try to stop it. You can do this by standing up for the victim, telling a trusted adult, avoid joining in or laughing, and using a cell phone to call or text for help. Never be a bystander by only watching the situation. This makes the situation only worse.