What is discrimination?
Discrimination is when you treat another person unfairly based on something about them that's different to you or your group, or at least something you believe to be different. It can happen both in people's public and private lives.
Acts of discrimination often have negative impacts, making the person affected feel unsafe and unable to express themselves, as well as damaging their mental health. A common example of discrimination is racism, which is when a person or group of people believe that their race is better than another. Racism often results in discrimination and prejudice towards people based on the colour of their skin or ethnicity.
While discrimination is unfortunately experienced by people every day, it isn’t the case every time you treat someone differently. There are times when you need to take account of someone’s culture or set of beliefs, such as a specific Māori practice, that require you to be considerate and mindful of their custom.