I've been standing up to micro agressions and offhand remarks for a few years now. It's hard to remember specific conversations but essentially someone will say something that is sexist or racist or exclusive in some way and I ask them if they realize what they said was sexist/racist/etc. Usually they are surprised and apologize. I can only hope they learn from it. It was awkward at first with coworkers but I'm not shy about it anymore.
Oh, thought of one. My dad made a remark about how a situation my sister is having with her bf's friends is because they (Black men) are all like that with their "bros" and because my dad works with and interacts with black customers he knows they're all like that. We had a heated moment where I told him that was a racist and generalizing statement and that we could have an intelligent conversation without resorting to statements like that.
I just spoke up on Tuesday when I went to make the supervisor of the healthy start program that sent the home nurse to my house aware of the things she was saying about Lil P. She called her lazy and said she might develop autism due to her stay in the NICU. There aren't really any studies in that yet and she shouldn't have even brought it up. I dropped out of the program but informed the supervisor so She doesn't make those comments to other families.
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