For my first post on this blog, I just want to take a moment to lay ground work for will hopefully be successful (and more interesting) posts on this blog. But I want to remind people about the need to always be looking the reason behind something and never be satisfied with an “on the surface” view of an event or person.
Given the type of audience I expect this blog to attract, (people with an interest in social justice issues) some reading this may think to themselves “I already do this”. That may very well be true. However, I still feel that much of the labeling that goes on in society is actually from the very people who consider themselves to be very accepting. Often times I will be in a situation where someone may say something inappropriate/insensitive, ex “that’s gay” or “that’s retarded”. I think its ok to approach the person about this, in fact I would encourage everyone who cares enough to work up the courage to try and speak out. Be mindful though of how you approach them. I don’t think it does anyone any good if you attack them just to make yourself look better or feel better about yourself. A situation like that could potentially be a “teachable moment”. I’ve seen that all potential value will be lost if you approach them a certain way. I think its best if you give them a chance to learn and see something from a different perspective rather than returning the ignorance by making them feel like a horrible, awful person for making a human error. Even the most considerate people have said or thought things that they regret and now realize were wrong. Keep in mind, not everyone has had the same opportunities to talk about certain issues openly. Give people the chance to learn.
Prompt: What do you think is the best way to approach and challenge those who say things that are insensitive?
Is it more disappointing to hear insensitive remarks form people you thought were “on the right side”? ex. people in a social justice type group.
P.S.: sorry that this was more of a disclaimer than a legit post, but this things gotta start somewhere.