Discrimination and Racism
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality” ~Desmond Tutu
* Learn How to Deal with Racism
- It is sad but true that discrimination and racism are prevellant problems in all societies worldwide. Every now and then, we encounter people abusing others on account of their colour, ethnicity, nationality, culture or race. You may be a victim or a witness. Irrespective of your situation, you experience a wide range of disturbing emotions like anger, humiliation, threatened, anxiety, despair, helplessness, panic etc. But, most of the times, you will stay silent and frozen as you don’t know how to react. You feel uncomfortable and burdened with your inaction. Moreover, these feelings remain with you for a long time, maybe, throughout your life. In short, it is definitely not good for your mental health.
- These unhealthy emotions are found to be responsible for a number of mental ailments. For instance, low self-esteem, substance abuse, stress related disorders such as anxiety, panic attacks and depression and even suicidal tendencies. As such, it is extremely important to learn the ways and techniques to effectively deal with discrimination and racism. Above all, it is crucial for your mental health and the health of those involved in the situation. Hence, it is necessary to learn about psychologically backed techniques to deal with such scenarios.
* Know Your Rights
- Knowledge and education are the most potent weapons that enables you to win your battle against discrimination and racism. With the right kind of knowledge and information, you are always prepared to tackle the situation confidently. Hence, it is vital to know your rights granted by the law of your land. Every country provides some basic rights to it’s residents. Besides that, you have specific laws to prevent discrimination and racism.
- You should learn about them in detail. It is important to know what all rights are provided under these laws. It is important to realize that any sort of discrimination and racism is illegal and unacceptable.
- You must learn about them and how to exercise them. Besides that, also learn about various alternatives available in case your rights are violated. In short, when you are equipped with the required information, you are prepared to deal with discrimination and racism. You are confident about the correct and legitimate course of action and behaviour.
* Approach Counselling/ Mental Health Facility
- It is very important to attend your emotions particularly in cases of discrimination and racism. Whenever you encounter such scenarios, you are bound to experience feelings that are definitely not pleasant. You try to cope up with them in multiple ways. However, what usually happens is you are simply searching for means to distract your mind from those distasteful feelings.
- In other words, you simply try to escape from your disturbing emotions. That means, you simply suppress those feelings. However, this is not a healthy way to deal with this challenge. Instead, you must attend these feelings then and there.
- For this, you can even approach counselling therapies. With the proper guidance from a trained counsellor, you attend to your feelings rather than ignoring them. As a result, you work on it to maintain a healthy state of mind.