Whether at home, at work, or in public, nearly everyone has witnessed acts of bigotry. Comments could be someone routinely making anti-Semitic comments; a neighbor using the N-word in casual conversation or a co-worker ribbing you about your Italian surname, asking if you’re in the mafia.
Individuals find it difficult to respond to such comments. Were you frustrated at the comment or angry? Did you laugh uncomfortably or walk away in silence? Did you later think, “I should have said something?”
Using the Teaching Tolerance’s award-winning guidebook “Responding to Everyday Bigotry - SPEAK UP!”, we will offer scenarios designed to help you plan how to respond to similar situations. Each scenario includes tips on how to frame a response. Once you’re prepared to Speak Up – decide that you will Speak Up and have a plan – you become one of the voices seeking to replace bigotry with tolerance and understanding. Practiced faithfully, this information will ultimately show us how we can start to change the world.