How do you deal with intolerance?
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Since: Aug 12
#1 Aug 15, 2013
I'm not just talking about religious intolerance, but any kind. I have lived in a small town for going on 2 years, and I hear so much hate for other races (only 3 families are not white here), hate and name calling about same-sex orientation, and hate for anyone outside the Christian mind-set. Well, at least the mind-set here. And worse of all, intolerance towards each other for the smallest 'flaws'.
How do YOU deal with these things?
“I will not go quietly.”
Since: Feb 07
#2 Aug 17, 2013
honestly, I've dealt with it and much you've mentioned sounds very similar.
The only way I dealt with it? I moved over 700 miles away. Got a job working for a carnival and left town.
People who do not want to change will not change.
Attempting to change them only pisses them off. There's only one solution left and I took it.
Hope that helps.
“Dance with Fire- Boycott BS”
Since: Apr 07
#3 Aug 17, 2013
I think everybody has to make their own peace with their chosen tactics... usually to stay or go, be silent or not.
Some people choose to go because they face a risk of personal injury or detriment to their lives, their family, etc.
One thing that has worked in our small town is to revive the downtown area, using music, art, dance, local food and those other sorts of 'alternative/hippie' things that can bring people together despite their differences. And that is not a magic solution either, but it does bring the more open minded people together and make a show of being a strong group together. It is easier for a church or neighborhood or extended family to pick on a person or household singled out. When there is more of a group and they make inroads to the business and therefor political and law enforcement parts of a community, it gets harder to separate and bully a person because of their differences, and if/when it does happen, you have law enforcement who knows who you are and what you do for the community.
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