Proving that a person has been a victim of discrimination is not typically an easy, simple task. Many people do not know what discrimination is so proving it must begin with knowing what discrimination is and is not. The common man’s legal definition of discrimination is “The act of denying rights, benefits, justice, equitable treatment, or access to facilities available to all others, to an individual or group of people because of their race, age, gender, handicap or other defining characteristic.” No one ever really expects to be discriminated. When it happens, most people do not recognize it immediately. After the surprise of it, be it a favorable discrimination or a negative one, some people suddenly realize and exclaim, “Hey! I was just discriminated against!” Yes! Realization! Now what? Often, a person will simply walk away from the situation, not wanting the hassle of dealing with it. Such a person should understand that he or she was just robbed! Robbed of a legal right! If someone was robbed and knew who the person was, the person robbed would most likely call the police and get back any taken possession. Rightfully so! So, why, if robbed of something worth more to one’s Self than earthly goods, would that person simply ignore the loss? The only way to overcome it is to remove it one incident at a time. As the community sees and learns and understands that discrimination is being challenged in the courts, those who hold discrimination in their hearts will have to reconsider being discriminatory.
The challenge is now proving that it happened. Because, as stated above, people are surprised when discrimination happens, they are surprised. Now, to fight it, a repetitive capture of the words and or actions need to be put on a video cam or on tape so that the evidence can be brought to the proper authorities and have justice served. The discriminator will simple continue to rob people with impunity until made to stop, be it penalized or arrest and convicted. A few people who confronted the situation had friends repeat the actions that resulted in the discrimination and either caught on video tape or audio only. It is the repetitious behavior that is the real evidence that leads to a conviction. Having someone accompany one’s self, as an eye-witness, when personally seeking the evidence, is another good idea. Unless overwhelming evidence is gained by the authorities themselves, the people discriminated against may need to be witnesses at a trial. It is the way the American justice system works.
Oddly enough, those who are often discriminated against will fall into a type of reverse discrimination. It is essential that those who recognize some actions or words or potential being discriminatory must tell that offender how those actions or words or intent is and that the offender must stop it. Another oddity is the “favorable” discrimination, when a person gains something that was denied another and recognizes the discrimination. The gainer truly needs to walk away from that gain and call it what it is. Otherwise, the gainer has now joined the ranks of the discriminator.