Treating PEOPLE as We Would Like to be Treated. No Tricks. Happy Halloween.
I was honored to receive an email invitation to participate in an online-training webinar encouraging PEOPLE to have “Daring Discussions” with individuals in our circle of influence with political differences. As a Sociology Major with a degree in Journalism, I thought Perfect! Communications. Right up my alley. I had already published my book & started my business on the subject of Emotional Intelligence: Treating People as we would like to be treated.
While the event was presented with sensitive compassion, I quickly discovered the entire angle was wrong, combating racism with racism.
Very sadly, the topic of conversation was “How to have Daring Discussions with your White Supremacist Relatives.” It called for “Women of Color” to take the lead because the silence of white women who may be sympathetic to the cause “were enabling their racist relatives’ bigotry.”
The word “bigotry” is not racism in & of itself. It is prejudice based on any recognizable difference.including ideology & religion.
I was crest-fallen.
Do I need to walk around being ashamed of being a white English-Speaking Woman???
It sounded very much like prejudice towards me. Bigotry towards me. Racism towards me.
Then I wondered to myself, how many PEOPLE OF COLOR voted for Hillary Clinton & if not, WHY???
Could MISOGYNY be considered prejudice???