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Interrupting Discriminatory Behavior

When people use prejudice language, it can leave us at a loss for words and make us feel insecure. Here are some helpful guidelines for interrupting behavior that is hurtful and discriminatory.
  • Don't ignore it!
  • Be prepared for possible tension or conflict
  • Be aware of your own attitudes, stereotypes and expectations
  • Provide accurate information to challenge stereotypes and biases
  • Be aware of your own hesitancy to intervene in these situations
  • Project a feelings understanding, love and forgiveness when events occur
  • Be non-judgmental, but know the bottom line
  • Be a role model
  • Recognize it is a long term struggle, so try not to get too frustrated.

Commit to think twice about the words you use.  Support respectful and inclusive language in our community.  Your Language Matters!


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