Successful people often have a big leverage in society. Sometimes, it seems as if the more knowledge and wealth you attain, the more people will respect you. It’s sad to say, there are times where it really doesn’t matter. People forget your accomplishments, and only judge you based on your choice of belief, and ethnicity.
Recently, Kamran Farid, co-founder of Edible Arrangements, is suing Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club for denying him membership to the club because of his race and religion. According to CBS News, Farid was a victim of ignorant comments that were directed against his faith and race. Additionally, he claims that there were rumors that he was associated with terrorism, which motivated the club to deny his membership. These allegations against Farid were quickly proven false. Farid also claims he didn’t have any problems with the club prior to the rejection.
Owning a Multi-millon dollar company doesn’t really give you worth. Self-worth is defined by how you let people treat you. Although there might be two sides to the story, discrimination is never okay. If people view certain groups of people as worthless, then it is our job to stand up for ourselves and demand our rights. If minorities become a doormat for the world, then prejudice will always occur.
Farid is not only standing up for him and his family but for all people who could potentially be a victim of discrimination. The main lesson we can take away from this story is to always be proud of who we are, and never let status define us. The way we determine our self worth is how we protect our rights.
Irresponsible words and actions have consequences. If Farid ignored the alleged discrimination, then another family could have been also exposed to similar treatment. The first step to preventing stereotyping is to hold people responsible.