Social justice and equality for everyone are at the heart of the American belief system, but it doesn’t always look that way. Luckily, it doesn’t take an activist to fight discrimination. Here are five simple things you can do to make the world a better place.
Determine Your Beliefs
Take time to figure out where you stand, what you believe, and why. This puts you on solid ground and gives you a place to start, as well as motivation to support equality and social justice.
Listen to Others
Listen respectfully when others speak about social issues, and try to understand where they’re coming from. Keep an open mind and realize that your background gives you a certain viewpoint that may not be totally correct.
Speak up against discrimination when you see or hear it, but try to focus on voicing your beliefs, not attacking those of another person.
Include people of many different ages, ethnicities, and walks of life in your relationships. Seek the advice of an older person, engage in conversation with someone of the opposite gender, ask a friend about their religion, or attend a community event.
Expand Your World
Our physical location in the world is often a result of more discrimination than we realize. Visit a restaurant in another part of town, take a walk in another neighborhood, or go to a library event designed for another demographic.
By determining where you stand, listening to others and speaking up for equality, and expanding your world by making connections with others, you can fight discrimination and create social justice every day.