Prioritizing inclusive language is just one solution for a more equitable and just world. And it’s something you can do right now.
Before we get started, we ask for you to be in process. Inclusivity is an ever-evolving entity. We must commit to maintaining an open mind and heart and be eager to learn now and in the future. It’s a lifelong journey.
Educate Yourself. If you are unfamiliar with a particular group or identity, take the time to seek out the information yourself! We recommend going directly to the source. There are plenty of organizations, documentaries, books, essays, and social media accounts that can help with this. Remember: it’s not someone else’s job to educate you on their experience. Do the research yourself.
Listen. When you do enter a conversation, listen with an open heart. It may be uncomfortable, but that’s where the growth happens!
Be Observant. Examine the ways in which our society is inherently prejudiced and exclusionary. Move through your life with an awareness and keen eye to identify biases. When you notice these prejudices, take a moment to reflect. What would you change to make it more inclusive? Make it a practice to always check in.
Again, remember that you are in process. Our society is ingrained with subtle prejudices and biases. There is a lot to unlearn, so don’t get discouraged if you’re not “perfect” right away. Lead from an open mind and heart.
This blog is just a starting point. Let us know about your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! We highly encourage that you seek out more information and use the following resources:
National Center on Disability and Journalism
Inclusive Language Guideline for Companies
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