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  •  And yeah I actually agree. (1+ / 0-)
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    With education = seeing people as humans. People should already be seen that way.

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    by indiemcemopants on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 08:51:02 PM PST

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    •  I'd go even further and say (2+ / 0-)
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      education = helping people see an issue through another person's eyes

      I know that gay people or trans people or people with HIV are humans, but until it's my friend or my son or my sister or my uncle, it's hard for me to imagine myself being in that situation and being subject to the associated hardships, discrimination, etc.

      Until it's personal, it's an abstraction…it's what other people deal with. It's hard to be passionate or even compassionate about an abstraction.

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      by Marc in CA on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 09:01:41 PM PST

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      •  I experience this daily. (3+ / 0-)
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        I mean, I'm not trying to compare myself to people who are transgender (or to any other minorities) because that's problematic, but what I mean is that I'm gay and in a wheelchair, and virtually no one imagines gays in wheelchairs. It just isn't thought of.

        So it's always really hard to get people to see that I exist, and then that's only the first step. Once they see I exist then they have to see me as human. Then they have to see my issues matter. Etc. Etc.

        It's a process.

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        by indiemcemopants on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 09:10:37 PM PST

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