Discrimination is not always intentional: In many cases, our goal is not to hurt, shame, or offend anyone. The important thing is to be aware of the fact that certain people constantly have to go through the same situation. Often we do not realize that there is a system of thought underlying our actions that we often do not see or simply ignore. Discrimination is not always intentional! Even if I ask someone something for the first time where are you from, why are you in a wheelchair, are you a boy or a girl, it may be that the other person is extremely irritated by this, as they have asked this same question on numerous occasions. Discrimination sometimes occurs involuntarily, without malicious intent. The important thing is to be able to be aware of it.
We do not learn the rules regarding non-discrimination: During our growth, we internalize a huge catalog of rules when it comes to relating to others. Unfortunately, the rules regarding discrimination are not among them. Therefore, not discriminating takes an active learning process that involves eliminating the ideas, beliefs, attitudes, and values that place other people in situations incompatible with human dignity.
Solidarity and empathy are often a good solution to racism and discrimination: Sometimes, we need to make an effort to expand our own vision, to be able to understand why a person acts in a certain way. It is worth asking: what kind of situation is the other person in? How can I put myself in the other person’s shoes without judging them? If I were that person how would I want to be treated? What would it mean to accept other people as they are?
Racial discrimination exists: A recurring argument is that racial discrimination or racism is in the head of the person who is denouncing or reflecting on it. It is also said that whoever perceives certain actions or attitudes as racist is a racist person. Racism and racial discrimination exist, whether we want them to or not, whether we have the ability to identify them or not.

Just because you don’t experience it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist: In certain situations where discrimination occurs involuntarily, without malicious (explicit) intent. Often, people who observe such situations find it “excessive” when the person being discriminated against defends himself. Precisely, these situations are very difficult to understand for people who do not experience discrimination regularly.

All people discriminate: The fight against discrimination of any kind starts with oneself. We can all express and act on our prejudices about someone. The fact that we ourselves experience a certain kind of discrimination does not mean that we can never discriminate against others. We must all take responsibility for our own actions and accept that we do not know the full extent of the issues.

We have privileges over other people: Some people are lucky enough to experience such uncomfortable situations less often than others and are often perceived as a regular member of society. This often gives them power over “other” people, who do not fit into that mold.

Naturalization of discrimination. “That has always been the case”: Such a phrase is often used to explain the origin of something. However, it is nothing more than an attempt to give a natural and therefore immovable condition to a given situation. For example, when one asks why in ballet there are fewer black first figures. It is necessary to make an effort to go to the root and realize that this “has always been so” is evidence of structural racism.

Taking time to think gives us the opportunity not to reproduce the oppression: Being patient, and sometimes choosing not to ask or say anything, is also a good response. Even when you feel you might explode if you don’t get an immediate response. Or maybe there is something you are dying to say, but in fact, it is better to leave it unsaid. Sometimes, it may not directly offend a particular person, but simply perpetuate the discrimination that a particular group constantly faces.

Experiences of racism vary depending on whether the person is male, female, queer, or transgender: The sexism experienced by black women and women of African descent is different from the sexism experienced by white women. Racism and sexism rarely operate alone. Consequently, black women and women of African descent are subject to a certain type of racism that often resorts to sexual stereotypes. There are a large number of such combinations, and each has a different effect and impact.

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