You Can’t End Racism and Discrimination by Insulting People

You can’t end racism and discrimination by hurling insults at people and dismissing them and silencing them as being racist, sexist or deplorable. You can only end racism and discrimination and create a kinder world if you actually talk to people who disagree, understand why they feel the way they do, and explain that there is a better way or a different perspective they are not getting. You don’t win the hearts and minds of people by attacking them. That just creates enemies, and doesn’t actually change anything.

If you want a better world, you have to create a better world by being better, and politely and respectfully explaining why love and inclusion and respect is better for everyone, and that racism and discrimination is misguided, hurtful and often targets innocent people because it is based on assumptions and generalizations that don’t apply to the whole social group.

People get caught up in right and wrong, but it’s actually not even about that. It’s about doing what is best for people and what is best for society. And being loving, respectful and inclusive has a real and positive impact on things, including being able to come up with better solutions, more opportunities, and peace.

Whereas hate and racism and discrimination not only limits that, but creates tension, conflict and more hate.

When you explain it, it makes sense. There is no need to insult and marginalize those who disagree.

Use your words to persuade them and show them by example. Because insults and censorship don’t work. They never worked. It just invites a backlash and lost voters.

Love one another, lead by example, listen and learn, and then respectfully discuss. You can change the world and make it a better place, but only if you embrace those that might disagree with you, and work it out so we all can live in peace, happiness and prosperity.

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