Guardian Security Services

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What I think about this story is that Guardian Security Services is totally in the wrong. They should not even be wasting the taxpayer's money or the court systems time. After reading the article it is plain to see that Guardian Security Services practices in "Racial Discrimination." It is sad to know that we have a group of what are known as "Testers" and that racial discrimination is still a big issue. With all that has gone on in the world today we should all take a look at the big picture. I believe in equality and fairness - the type of equality and fairness that judges people on their achievements, talents, and hard work. Martin Luther King Jr. said it first that people should not be judged "by the color of their skin, but on the content of their character." Anyone who agrees with affirmative action supports the opposite.

Today, America prides itself on being a tolerant country. Through laws and legislation, including affirmative action, anti hate-crime laws, and movements against racial discrimination, America sees itself as a country that offers equal opportunities to people of all size, shape, and color. This statement, however, is slightly biased, one that looks at America through "rose-colored" glasses. Contrary to popular belief, everything is not wonderful here in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Color should never play a part in getting a job. All that should matter is the person's qualifications. In the story I read it stated that Lolita Pierce's qualifications were just as good if not better than her "white counterparts." The fact that Guardians is suing them with "fraud" is totally ridiculous. It is bad enough that they choose to practice in racial discrimination, they should not be allowed to get away with it.

The struggle for social and economic equality of Black people in America has been long and slow. It is sometimes amazing that any progress has been made in the racial equality arena at all; every tentative step forward seems to be diluted by losses elsewhere. Guardian Security Services and the un-mentioned employers are a big reason why there is such a struggle. They seem to be more concerned with the amount of wasted time then the big picture.

Racism is a certain kind of prejudice, based on faulty reasoning and inflexible generalizations toward a specific group. The word prejudice comes from the Latin noun praejudicium, which means a judgment based on previous decisions formed before the facts were known. If a person allows their prejudiced beliefs to block the progress of another, it is discrimination. Those who exclude all members of a race from certain types of employment, housing, political rights, educational opportunities, or a social interactions are guilty of racial discrimination. They should pay the price for their actions. They should not be allowed to turn this into a harm done to them.

We are all products of the society and communities in which we have grown up and it can be difficult to face up to the fact that we may have very fixed notions which are based on ignorance or prejudice. Prejudice which prevents people from getting a job or a decent wage simply because they have a different color skin, prejudice which has nothing to do with the qualities or personality of individuals but which writes off whole sections of our society and denies them their dignity and the respect due to all fellow human beings. Prejudice which can be successfully broken down through contact and communication. If we all just closed our eyes to color, the world would be a better place.