Illegal discrimination

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As the name implies, “Illegal discrimination” is forms of discrimination covered by national laws against discrimination. Discrimination that is not covered by such laws is still discrimination in other senses of the word, but not in a legal sense. For example, legally speaking, there was no discrimination against Jews in the third Reich: The Jews were not even considered citizens, much less protected by laws against discrimination.


This facet of categorism is an expression of discrimination.

It is likely to intersect with facets such as:

  • Kyriarchy: Kyriarchy leads to many forms of discrimination that are easy to spot and make laws against.

As well as with abstractions such as:

Examples of applying this facet to a particular foci of categorism can include:

  • Sexism: Having different rules for men and women becomes less and less accepted in society as the civilization progresses.

Illegal discrimination in example texts

  • A frivolous arrest: Why is this facet not present in this example? Surely it would be illegal to harass and handcuff a married woman for kissing her husband? Especially if it is racially motivated, as a way of cracking down on interracial couples? Sure, but only if you can prove that this was what was going on. The cops claim that they suspected her of being a prostitute, and the law does not forbid harassment against sex workers. On the contrary, laws against sex work encourages the police to harass any couple who they feel might be suspicious. As well as encouraging random strangers to call the cops on anyone they feel might be "suspicious" in this regard. Thus, acceptance for caregorism against one category opens up for categorism against another category: Simply re-label the people you dislike into a category that it is socially acceptable to dislike.