Several times while we walked the concentration camp I heard people ask, “How could people live with themselves knowing this happened and they didn’t do shit about it, even if they could have?”
I wanted to say, “The same way you do.”
today we went to a concentration camp and learned that I am largely soulness. kind of pretended to have a soul, kind of walked moodily in a pity party with the song monster by imagine dragons playing in my head
listened to other people’s conversations and wrote a bit when I got back on the bus
Dear internet, this is how you gently and thoughtfully change people’s minds. No shaming, no yelling, just a nice nudge to, “Aha!”
I will aspire to use classy same tone next time I try to educate someone about something!
i think the other really important thing here is the maturity on both parts. like if you just calmly and informatively explain why it is that something offends you, the other party is far more likely to take it on board and understand than if you just get really aggressive from the off, which is probably just going to make them feel attacked and then act defensive, which won’t help when you’re trying to get them to understand your point.
"The army stationed me down South when I was younger, and I couldn’t even use the same bathroom as white people. But things have changed so much. The younger generation isn’t nearly as racist. I’ve been sitting here for fifty years. So much has changed. This neighborhood used to be all black. A white person couldn’t even walk down this street. All the races kept to themselves. Now you’ve got Indians talking to Pakistanis, blacks talking to whites, everybody is here and learning from each other’s cultures. I’ve been sitting here for 50 years. Things are getting better."
Getting up bright and early tomorrow for an early breakfast at 7. Then a shower, and getting ready, and maybe a trip journal.
Then we’re off to a lovely concentration camp, which my friends will be nice and hung over for. Yay. Probably something else too.
Maybe skyping with Elissa in the afternoon, and then shopping with some friends, going to attempt to locate a copy of Harry Potter in German.