Hi everyone, I generally just read these debates and keep my thoughts to myself, so be nice! I think claims of discrimination on a whole are abused. I think the system is clogged up with a lot of false, unfounded, claims, and people who really need them are being overlooked or not being taken seriously. I think it's a shame that companys have to offer Diversity Training. I think it's worse when a company does not and opens up their management teams to all sorts of discrimination suits. At times, although I beleive it has a purpose, Affimative Action can be a root cause of these types of issues. In management we have been taught we cannot hire one over another souly on race, sex, religion, etc. We have also been taught to document exact reasons why we may have chose one over the other. I asked the question, how do you prove you picked a man of 31 year old man with great qualifications over a 31 year old pregnant woman with the same qualifications. I was told "try not to get into that situation".......Priceless. Moving right along. Last week I was in the post office, there was only a handful of people there, which included my son and a friend of mine. A gentleman who appeared to possibly be of Arab decent entered the tiny area. I let him go in front of me, because I was having trouble with a form, he asked for 3 prepaid envelopes. You would have thought he yelled "I have a bomb don't move." The person I was with approached me quickly and stated sort of loudly, "He just asked for prepaid envelopes." I really didn't see the problem. I told my friend to be quiet and relax. She then stated "How can you be like that we live near the power plant!" The gentleman left. I completed my transaction, as we were leaving my friend started to desribe the guy. She noted his clothes, face, car, and also decided he was doing something devious. I decided he was just a guy on his lunch break who needed some prepaid envelopes. I mean really what do I care if the guy doesn't want to use a conventional stamp. Mabey he's allergic to the glue. I guess I just find it sad that these thoughts have to pass through our minds. I also have to confess I do not allow my son to be around when I get the mail and open it, and I am sure to get rid of it and wash before he enteres the room again. I usually wait til he's napping. I am the type of person who is courteous and smile at everyone I encounter. It's just the way I am. I am not going to stop smiling at certain people because of what they appear to be. On the other hand I do not feel what happened to this nation and others should be able to happen again. Because I am lazy, I did not go back to see who wrote of being Hispanic and not looking that way, however if we only profile, say people who appear to be Arabic and miss someone who possibly is but looks Irish, then the profiling would not work. I want what works and if that means that we have to spend a little less time rushing to nowhere to be safe so be it. If I may also comment on the orange juice senerio, first I have to say "some senerio" second, I would honestly be more apt to open my door to the man described in the bad car than a dressed up white guy in a Jetta (Getta) (whatever). Ok so there you have it my two cents and then some. Mabey this will explain why I keep quiet. I know it will show I can't spell. Take Care!