Discrimination Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
Brainstorm as a group to list as many types of discrimination as you can.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Are the differences between people a reason to celebrate or a source of problems?
  2. Have you been the victim of discrimination? What made you feel this way?
  3. Is racism common in your community? What forms of racist behavior have you noticed?
  4. a black man drinking from a water cooler next to a sign that says 'colored'
  5. Do you have many friends of a different race or ethnicity? If not, why not?
  6. What stereotypes about people from different countries are you aware of?
  7. 'Black Lives Matter' is a slogan and movement that started in the United States. What is it about?
  8. Do certain racial groups have particular strengths or abilities? Is it wrong to point out these differences if they are basically positive qualities?
  9. Do people you know use racial slurs to refer to different groups of people? Or do they use more politically correct language?
  10. What are traditional male and female social roles and responsibilities? Are you a traditional person?
  11. Do you trust men or women more in any particular profession? How do you feel about male nurses? How about a female president?
  12. Women are on average paid less than men for doing the same job. Why is this?
  13. When you are with your friends of the same gender, do you complain about the opposite gender? What kind of complaints do your friends have?
  14. If someone tells a racist or sexist joke, how do you react? If you laugh, does that mean you are racist or sexist?
  15. Do you know any homosexual people? What kind of discrimination do they face?
  16. What do you think about gay marriage?
  17. Should gay couples be allowed to adopt children?
  18. Who suffers more discrimination on the basis of age? Old people or young people?
  19. Are you a member of a religion? How does your religion treat members of other religions?
  20. Which types of people suffer the least discrimination? Are you one of them? If not, do you envy those people?
  21. Is the level of discrimination in the world rising or dropping? What makes you think so?