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 Kraynik, Habeeb and a third officer later sued the city, accusing officials of reverse discrimination and won a $450,000 settlement. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 27 May 2021 It’s one thing to speak out on diversity issues, another to practice—even briefly—a form of reverse discrimination. Fox News, 21 May 2021 From this perspective, opponents of affirmative-action programs argue that Asians face reverse discrimination from elite schools that hold back their acceptance rates, despite stellar test scores, to admit less qualified people of color. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 Universities have long been allowed to practice a form of ‘reverse discrimination’ against many Asian groups. Pradheep J. Shanker, National Review, 23 Mar. 2021 The objection that redressing a historic wrong amounts to reverse discrimination is, apparently, timeless. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2020 Taken further, these credos of noblesse oblige could be viewed as an open invitation for reverse discrimination. Sam Walker, WSJ, 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, 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 -,, 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of reverse discrimination

1964, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jun 2021

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“Reverse discrimination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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