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When it comes to judging other people, it’s easy to jump to conclusions or fall back on familiar stereotypes.

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Guy Harris of Manitou Springs works in security

Have you ever experienced discrimination of any kind? Yes, depending on what I'm wearing people sometimes assume I don't have any money. I like to wear beat-up, worn, comfortable clothes.

What demographic group do you think suffers the most discrimination in 2014? I think right now white people suffer discrimination, because we're not the majority anymore. We've been known as being the discriminators, so now we're discriminated against by some other groups.

Do you feel Colorado Springs is an inclusive and welcoming city? Yes, but not as much as Manitou Springs. Everyone in Manitou is nice.

What could make the Springs a more welcoming place for everyone? I think it's pretty welcoming, but I'd like to see more activities like sporting events, games and tournaments where everyone can participate.

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Joe Roman of the east side is in retail

Have you ever experienced discrimination? One time I wanted to test-drive a car in Tennessee, but I was told I couldn't. They said since I was Puerto Rican, they didn't know if I'd return the car or not.

What demographic groups do you think suffer the most discrimination in 2014? Latinos, blacks and Asians.

Do you think Colorado Springs is an inclusive and welcoming city? For the most part, people are nice. But I've had some people make comments to me about the mudslides in Puerto Rico, that it was a good thing that people died.

What could make the Springs a more welcoming place for everyone? Maybe less liquor stores and bars and more productive things for people to do. There should be more bookstores.

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Brittany Phillips of Fort Carson is a stay-at-home mom

Have you ever experienced discrimination of any kind? When I lived in a small town in Ohio, I felt like I was discriminated against for becoming a mom so young. But I haven't felt that way here.

What demographic groups do you think suffer the most discrimination in 2014? Right now I think it's mostly about gays and gun control. And sometimes military families get stereotyped.

How do you feel our city is seen by outsiders? I think most people think of the beautiful scenery, but I've heard local people say it's changed a lot and gone downhill in the last few years.

What could make the Springs a more welcoming place for all? A lot of people I talk to don't like the homeless or the hippies. But if people would take the time to learn someone's story, they would become more open. We shouldn't stereotype.

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