Eight Ways to Stand up to Hate

Ever neglect to defend someone in a sticky situation and then kick yourself later for not having done anything? Oftentimes we freeze. Other times we fear retaliation. Maybe we simply are at a loss for what to do. But it’s everyday events such as these that can affect society’s overall tolerance for hate, which can be found not just in the news but under our very noses. This article gets us ready for action. One way is to rehearse scenarios that might require our intervention. Another way is to pause to ask ourselves in a heated moment, “What action reflects my true values?” The more accustomed we get to tiny acts of hate, the more likely we will become blind to them, that society will accept them as the norm, and they will grow. Here, eight ways to become strong enough to stand up for peace, every day.

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