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Anonymous said: How do you change someone's biased opinion?
Hey! Thanks for reaching out. Research shows that biases can be unlearned. The Anti-Defamation League’s Eva Vega-Olds, a Good Look Panelist, suggests that when you’re challenging bias, “think, act, and maintain dignity.” As a first step, we recommend checking out our “See That, Say This” page. There, you’ll find quick and easy ways to respond to biased opinions, like pre-written responses or images.
Another option is to have a meaningful conversation with the person to understand why they feel the way that they do and help them better empathize with groups who regularly experience bias. Eva suggests asking questions to see where the person is coming from. Once you know where the person’s coming from (if it’s just poor word choice or something deeper,) “you can help broaden their thinking by exposing them to information and examples that potentially challenge their biased opinions.” Some ways that Eva suggests responding include:
- “I understand what you mean, but I have also seen something way different. Do you think it’s fair to lump a really large group of people into a tiny pile? I don’t.”
- “Dude, that’s a stereotype. Not all people from that group are that way.”
- You can even just say “not cool,” and not get into an in-depth discussion about it at all.
Eva also recommends keeping your cool when you’re having these conversations. “No matter what you say, stay respectful and don’t fight about it. Change happens over time, not usually with one conversation.”
If after speaking with the person, he or she seems receptive to learning more about their biases, you can share our racial bias cleanse, which gives you a different thing to do every day that will help you start to get rid of your biases.
We hope this helps! :)
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