DON'T LAUGH AT RACIST/SEXIST/AGEIST/HOMOPHOBIC/OTHER STEREOTYPICAL JOKES OR ASSUMPTIONS
By laughing, you're acknowledging the joke is appropriate and encouraging more inappropriate comments. You can interrupt without being rude. Don't let your silence speak for you. Simply say, "I don't find that funny," or "I don't appreciate jokes like that."
MAKE AN EFFORT TO GET TO KNOW PEOPLE DIFFERENT THAN YOU
Look for things in common with other people and celebrate the difference. We can learn from ad appreciate something about everyone. By learning about other people, your life will be greatly enriched and your appreciation for your own culture will deepen.
THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK
Words can hurt, whether you mean them to or not. When describing a person, think if mentioning their race is important to the story. Do you refer to everyone from South or Central America as Mexican? If you don't know someone's country of origin, don't assume. Some people prefer Black, while other like African American. Some prefer Latino/a/xx, others like Hispanic. If you're unsure which to use, ask. It's important to use the correct language.
BE A ROLE MODEL
Be vocal in opposing discriminatory views and practices, especially with friends and family who respect your opinion. Don't criticize, but help educate others about issues and about your own experience.
DON'T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
Do you assume that African American like rap music of that Asians are good at math? Stereotypes hurt everyone. Examine what your prejudice are and make adjustments to look at everyone as an individual.
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