… at first, however once I was able to refine and quantify the responses, it became clear to me that those pseudo-surveyed that had some kind of regular social interaction with persons-of-color and LGBTQIA expressed a higher degree of comprehension of the nature of racism and LGBTQIA issues than those with no social interaction with those groups. There was a correlation between systemic familial racist and sexual orientation attitudes and later…
Thanks for your time. I’m glad you enjoyed the read. I agree with you wholeheartedly. It only makes sense that people aren’t and can’t be aware of what they don’t know if they aren’t exposed to it to know that it even exists. But, of course, this goes beyond simple exposure to different people. We learn about others when we are in relationship with them; when we take the time and put forth the effort to get to know them as . . . wait for it . . . people.
I’m going to take what you said one step further: getting to know . . . those who are NOT YOU, can bring a greater appreciation and a greater understanding of their experience. Note that I didn’t imply total or complete understanding. Life is a journey, a process. No one learns “all” of anything in one sitting. (That was for any random skeptics reading this reply.)
Once you see the humanity in another person, you can’t unsee it. That’s we’re hoping to achieve in this publication: provide points of view, firsthand experiences, and resources that people might otherwise miss out on. And we hope to do it in a manner that’s thoughtful and that adds value to our readers’ lives.
Again, thanks for your time, impromptu survey, and comment.