The dictionary I am reading says discriminate means to recognize distinctions; to differentiate; to perceive differences between.
Then it goes on to say in another meaning it means "to make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in the treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, sex or age."
Obviously it is the last definition this post is talking about.
Thesaurus examples include: be biased against, be prejudiced against, treat differently, treat unfairly, put at a disadvantage, single out, victimize.
Is it possible for a government to discriminate in that sense? Is it possible for a government to correct or remedy discrimination in it's society? Is it possible to discriminate against a majority? -- or only against a minority? (Sometimes the minority has the power.)
In places like colonial India, or apartheid South Africa, where people treated unequally were in the vast majority, was that still considered discrimination?
What is "reverse" discrimination? That one seems a bit convoluted.
What should be done by a government to combat discrimination in the private day-to-day interactions of people? Or is that beyond the scope of government?
A government can't change minds but it can force people to do certain things. Apparently, when government is involved, the object is to create a level playing field rather than change people's minds? (That's a question.)
Today is MLK's birthday, and tomorrow will be the corresponding national holiday, so that's why I was contemplating this subject and wondering how far we've come and what we have really accomplished with regards to racial equality in this country. Have we simply driven racism underground for the most part? Not even that? We continue in our polarized parallel societies, it seems.