A Technique to Deal With Street Abuse
As a person who cares about others being harassed, sometimes it is difficult to know what to do to make a difference. Read this and consider.
A friend of mine recently experimented with trying to help someone being yelled at by a frothing bigot. At first, she tried asking the bigot to “please stop,” and found that did not help at all. Instead, she stood next to the person and had a nice polite conversation about the guy’s dog and they both totally ignored the bigot together. In turn, the bigot just left after about 30 seconds.
If you see a frothing bigot yelling abuse at someone, go stand next to them and start a normal conversation and ignore the bigot together.