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10 Ways to Combat Prejudice
- Know your roots and share your pride in your heritage with others.
- Celebrate holidays with extended family. Use such opportunities to encourage storytelling and share personal experiences across generations.
- Invite friends from backgrounds different from your own to experience the joy of your traditions and customs.
- Be mindful of your language; avoid stereotypical remarks and challenge those made by others.
- Speak out against jokes and slurs that target people or groups. Silence sends a message that you are in agreement. It is not enough to refuse to laugh.
- Be knowledgeable; provide as much accurate information as possible to reject harmful myths and stereotypes. Discuss as a family the impact of prejudicial attitudes and behavior.
- Plan family outings to diverse neighborhoods in and around your community and visit local museums, galleries and exhibits that celebrate art forms of different cultures.
- Visit important landmarks in your area associated with the struggle for human and civil rights such as museums, public libraries and historical sites.
- Research your family tree and trace your family's involvement in the struggle for civil and human rights or the immigration experience. Identify personal heroes and positive role models.
- Read books that promote understanding of different cultures as well as those that are written by authors of diverse backgrounds.