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Re: should you offend people?

Posted by sunnydays on July 3, 2008, at 23:02:24

In reply to Re: should you offend people? sunnydays, posted by raisinb on July 3, 2008, at 22:51:23

Thanks all. I think that the idea was that you should question people about their beliefs (specifically racist, classist, sexist, ableist). Asking someone who makes a racist remark why they made it. Because we generally agreed that just saying to someone, "Hey, that's racist" is going to shut them down and make them defensive (although actually the more you know someone, the less likely that is to happen). And some people get defensive anyway just being asked why - not being asked why with a motivation to change their mind necessarily, but just with the motivation of trying to understand where these things come from in society and how they can be addressed.

I have a real problem sometimes in that I give up my belief if I am around someone who thinks differently to avoid conflict. But I guess the point was that sometimes friction between people is going to happen if we try to make society more accepting of all.

I'm really hoping this post in itself doesn't offend anyone. We really in this class are just talking about trying to combat personal and societal biases to make society more accepting of everyone and to try to give everyone an equal opportunity.

Whoever said I'm doing fine without my T - it's interesting. I am. But at the same time I keep getting freaked out because there are things I want to check out with him and talk about and explore that I can't. So I feel like I'm missing my fall-back person.





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