How To Respond to Bigotry with Friends, with Family & Yes, Even on Facebook
photo by Christian Buehner
The Southern Poverty Law Center gathered hundreds of stories of everyday bigotry from people across the United States. Here are some of the tools from their research YOU can use in your circles.
“Appeal to family ties. “I value our relationship so much, and we’ve always been so close. Those anti-Semitic remarks are putting a lot of distance between us, and I don’t want to feel distanced from you.”
“As with the workplace, schools also often have policies or rules that govern interpersonal relationships; use them as tools in speaking up.”
“Strive to open up the conversation: “We’ve been friends for years, and I value our friendship very much. One thing we’ve never really talked about is my experiences with racism. I’d like to do that now.”
EDUCATE YOURSELF AND LEAD WITH COMPASSION IN EDUCATING THOSE AROUND YOU
SEE ALL THE TAKE A KNEE | TAKE A STAND TOOLS