Affirming the Experiences of Marginalized People

This article is part of a series.

Part One - How to Better Acknowledge the Experiences of Marginalized People

Part Three - Advocating for Marginalized People

 

Being in community with marginalized people in any capacity usually means recognizing that we often overlook the ways biases impact their day to day. For many, the fear is that you may say or do something wrong when trying to engage their experience—leaving our peers feeling triggered and even more vulnerable.

As noted in the first piece of this series, acknowledging their experience is the gateway to building a better relationship and connection with marginalized individuals, but there are additional things that can be done for them to feel whole. Taking responsibility and reminding ourselves that we all have a hand in shaping the experiences of marginalized people is key.

It is important to understand that one of the most important things that a person can do is not treat differences as a symptom. We mus...

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