Thoughts on discrimination

A few words on discrimination, in the sense of the legitimized separation of one population group (or a member or members of that group) from others, based on the view that the former is inferior to the latter and therefore deserves inferior treatment: This is not a dictionary definition, it’s my own description based on six decades’ (and small change) worth of life, seeing the impact of ignorance on developing and reinforcing prejudices and the role of communication and leadership in maintaining, spreading…and combatting them.  From ignorance to prejudice to bigotry–attitudes–to actions–discrimination and efforts to maintain it on the one hand, and, on the other, efforts to fight them all: we need to study them and understand them, find our role models and use them well.  Through them we can become the examples for future generations. 

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About barbaraj60

I've been a librarian for three decades and change, specializing in history, genealogy and consumer-health information, education and advocacy, with a passion for music and for languages and literature, especially French. It's now July 2015 and in about two and a half months I'll be retiring from a public-service library job in social sciences, history and genealogy, by which time I'll be taking some courses (online) through the Medical Library Association to earn a second three-year renewal of my Consumer Health Information Specialist certificate; I also plan to start taking a 15-week online course through Boston University, leading to a genealogy certificate. It's not the CG but it should help me prepare for that quite well. So...my plan is to start a research and information consulting business, working with individuals and companies, especially nonprofit organizations, focusing on bringing individuals and groups to history and genealogy--and vice versa--and the same in the case of knowledge and its positive outcomes in such fields of medicine as mental health and mental illness, thyroid (and parathyroid) diseases especially thyroid cancer, lymphedema, and eye, joint and connective-tissue diseases. Why all these? Because I know them intimately and first-hand, and I am well aware of the power of knowledge to help us live as well and as long as we can, while helping others to do the same! I'd also love to go back to school and get my Ph.D....but that's another story for another day. Meanwhile, first things first: a lot of writing, a lot of one-on-one and small-group teaching, and sharing and transmitting my sense of the vital importance of information and education to any society that hopes to merit the adjective "free"!
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