Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others
What Is Prejudice?
- Hate Speech: form of expression intended to attack or incite hatred of a class of persons.
- Hate Crime: criminal offense motivated by a bias.
- Hate Group: organization that attacks or condemns a class of people.
Who Experiences Prejudice?
What Are the Health Effects of Prejudice?
How Can You Build Resilience Against Prejudice?
- Face reality head-on. Denial can be powerful. Name and acknowledge your experiences, whether it is to a family member, friend, or counselor.
- Make meaning out of experiences. How can we learn from these experiences? How can they inform us? “I think a lot of people find meaning in growing from pain by enriching others,” Thapar-Olmos said.
- Control what you can. You may not be able to change other people, but what do you have control over? How can you structure your interactions? What are some healthy outlets you can use? Exercise agency whenever possible.
How Can You Help Others Who Experience Prejudice?
Listen and Validate
Intervene in the Moment
- Hey, what you’re saying isn’t okay. Please stop.
- Leave them alone.
- This isn’t appropriate. You should walk away.
- Excuse me, will you show me where the bathroom is?
- Did you see the game today? I can’t believe we lost.
- We’re going to grab lunch. Come join us!
- That woman looks uncomfortable. Can you distract the guy she’s talking to so I can check with her?
- Do you know him? I think he needs some help.
- I think something is going on, but I don’t know what to do. Will you help me?
- Are you okay? I saw what happened back there.
- Can I help you out of this situation?
- Do you know her? I heard what she said to you and wanted to check in.