It happened again the other day. Someone I know and love a lot said something pretty messed up, and I didn’t say anything. In this case, it was about someone needing to “learn to speak English” when the person spoke with a heavy accent and was hard to understand. Whenever I bite my tongue in situations like this one, I want to punch myself in the stomach. I have committed a huge part of my life to working against oppression and the “-isms,” yet far too often I stay quiet when people say some stuff that is super “-ist.” Thus, I wanted to open this week’s blog entry as a discussion on how to best handle conversations like this!
I think one of the best approaches to this topic that I have seen was from Jay Smooth of the vlog Ill Doctrine.