reverse discrimination


Definition of reverse discrimination

: discrimination against whites or males (as in employment or education)

Examples of reverse discrimination in a Sentence

He claimed that reverse discrimination was to blame for his unemployment.
Recent Examples on the Web Taken further, these credos of noblesse oblige could be viewed as an open invitation for reverse discrimination. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Privilege Trap: Can Rich Kids Become Good Leaders?," 6 Oct. 2018 There will be those among your staff who will question whether your efforts toward DEI are a covert form of reverse discrimination. Marinel De Jesus, Outside Online, "Outdoor Companies: Get Smart About Hiring," 8 June 2018 That same year, the city of Cleveland paid a total of $450,000 to Kraynik, Habeeb and officer John Franko to settle claims of reverse discrimination and violation of civil rights. Adam Ferrise And Eric Heisig -,, "Cleveland police officers face discipline after Internal Affairs finds racist text messages," 25 Apr. 2018 The idea that white men were the victims of reverse discrimination. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Can White Supremacists Unlearn Hate?," 13 Apr. 2018 Most notable, civil rights advances resulted in the desegregation of the federal and District government workforces, reversing discrimination that began, formally at least, more than 50 years earlier during the Woodrow Wilson administration. Anthony A. Williams, Washington Post, "Washington has come far in 50 years, but is there a way to make it work for everyone?," 27 Mar. 2018 From his head to his toes, Jared was racist, hiding behind fake equality in his pathetic arguments and complaints about reverse discrimination. Terri Schlichenmeier, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new novel, 'Dear Martin' asks 'What would Martin Luther King do?'," 8 Mar. 2018 Samuel Livingston, who was hired as a firefighter in 2000, is seeking an unspecified amount in damages accusing the department of reverse discrimination after an April 5, 2016 physical altercation with his coworkers June Colon and Larry Gray. Justin Madden,, "Former Cleveland firefighter says city discriminated against him because he's white," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of reverse discrimination

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Reverse discrimination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reverse discrimination

: the practice of making it more difficult for a certain type of person (such as a white man) to get a job, to go to a school, etc., because other people who were treated unfairly in the past are now being given an advantage

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Legal Definition of reverse discrimination

: discrimination against whites or males (as in employment or education)

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