Diversity, Tolerance & Respect Section 11.1: Appreciating Diversity & Practicing Tolerance in Your Personal Life Taking Charge: Chapter 11
Diversity has always existed in the United States
Some areas of the country hold stronger biases toward race & religion
Tolerance is crucial
Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know or aren’t familiar with
Recognize that backgrounds different than your own—either economic, geographic, cultural—are equally valid
Definition of tolerance:
Toleration and tolerance are terms used in social, cultural and religious contexts to describe attitudes and practices that prohibit discrimination against those practices or group memberships that may be disapproved by those in the majority
Practicing Tolerance Daily
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Tolerance can open you to new friendships and cultural experiences while easing tensions and avoiding conflict
Do not bring up any controversial topics in unfamiliar social situations and don’t allow yourself to be drawn in to any heated conversations
Be polite and courteous to everyone
If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all
Think about the potential impact on all involved of what you’re about to say or do
Avoid biased conversations
Don’t tell ethnic, sexist, political or otherwise stereotype jokes
When have you witnessed intolerance? What were the effects on the victim and the offender?
When have you seen tolerance? How was the situation handled properly?
Have you been discriminated against? How did you feel?