Are prejudices necessary to take action?

The first and most important step against everyday prejudice: You recognize. And realize that really nobody is free from it. Everyone has clear judgments about people from other groups that never apply to all members of these groups. If you are aware of this, you have already taken the biggest step.

The second step: try to make sure that your prejudices do not determine your behavior. Prejudice must not lead to other people being discriminated against. Also, be careful not to spread your own prejudices.

And step three: contradict! Object if someone around you hurts other people, insults entire groups or tries to put them in a certain corner because of a prejudice. Act actively against it! Disagree in your own circle of friends and acquaintances, disagree on social media.

How you do that? You can ask if it can be less violent. You can discuss with other people or get involved in other ways. In the case of hurtful or offensive prejudices - about yourself or others - you can clearly show that you don't think that's okay.

In order to respond appropriately to prejudice, you do not need expert knowledge of a topic. You can rely on your common sense and empathy. And your humor.

When you get caught up in a discussion, you can sometimes get further with questioning than with facts, figures, and arguments. Skilful questioning can be a useful way to avoid endless discussions that don't get anything out of the way. And you can also show that some statements are incorrect or illogical.

Asking questions can lead to the other person wondering if they are really right. Maybe not always right away. Sometimes it takes a while for it to work. In just a few small steps, you can ensure that yourself or someone else has fewer prejudices.

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