VIDEO: When We Unintentionally Say Something Racist

Yesterday we learned that when examining interpersonal dynamics—particularly in spaces where we are privileged—it’s more important to consider the impact of our words and actions on others than our intent behind them.

This 3-minute video from Deaf Youth USA shares some practical do’s and don’ts for responding to marginalized people when they share feedback with us about the inappropriateness of our speech or actions. The presenter also highlights what centering looks like, whether of ourselves or others.

Note: The two people in the video communicate via American Sign Language. If you, like me, aren’t fluent in ASL, it might be helpful to turn on the closed captioning.

(If the video doesn’t show up in your browser, click here.)

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