How do you recognise discrimination?
More recent events in my life have caused me to re-think why I find myself in my current predicament. What am I doing with my life? Who am I? Stuck on a perpetual roller-coaster, I spin around, get flipped upside down, and pulled back up again through a daily slog of trying to find a meaningful existence.
It appears that the system is definitely against me.
As I complete endless job applications with my qualifications, who I’ve worked for, my age, marital status and number of children, I am confronted by a page of simply outrageous enquiries.
Sometimes it’s sixteen pages, sometimes it’s only thirteen. Before I sign and send my latest thesis length application, even for a minimum-wage-part-time job, I must answer some excessively probing questions.
These are designed to avoid discrimination, according to the U.K. government. Strangely, they seem to highlight the very things that once were supposed to be left out for fear of… discrimination.
1) What is your Sexual Orientation?
Are you = Lesbian/Gay, Heterosexual, Bisexual or Rather not say?
2) What is your Religion/Religious Affiliation or Rather not say?
3) Please describe your Ethnicity/Ethnic Origin – You should put a tick against the one you feel you belong to.
WHITE = English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish British or Irish or Gypsy or Irish Traveller or OTHER WHITE?
MIXED = White and Black Caribbean or White and Black African, or White and Asian or OTHER MIXED?
ASIAN OR ASIAN BRITISH = Indian or Pakistani or Bangladeshi or Chinese or OTHER ASIAN?
BLACK OR BLACK BRITISH = Caribbean, African, OTHER BLACK?
OTHER ETHNIC GROUP = Arab or OTHER ETHNIC GROUP or prefer not to say?
If other white/other mixed/other Asian/other black/other ethnic group (please supply details).
4) Are you Romanian or Bulgarian? Please specify.
5) Cultural Identification - Describe who you identify with (related to ethnicity).
6) Are you a member of a Secret Society? If yes, please indicate which one.
7) Are you a refugee from the Montserrat Volcano?