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We are who we are. Race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, citizenship, family status are examples of immutable characteristics. "An immutable characteristic is any sort of physical attribute which is perceived as being unchangeable, entrenched and innate." --Wikipedia


These characteristics are used to classify protected groups of people under the law to safeguard against discrimination. It is important to be aware how immutable characteristics may affect the way we respond in certain situations. Fortunately, behavior may be modified and responses changed.


Our music, food and political preferences may also be affected by these characteristics. Other factors may come into play as well. For this reason, it is good to get to know different people in context and reserve judgement.  -- V.B.