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Talking Inclusively: May 2017

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National's Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBT issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can use to lead a discussion focused on how we can make space that is more welcoming for everyone.

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The Left Should Stop Calling People ‘Racist’ of Homophobic as a Knee-Jerk Response

Source: The Washington Post

Author: Steven Petrow

Questions for Discussion:

Note: This article is a follow-up to an earlier column on the topic of charged language. Before having your discussion, check out the first piece (“The Coded Language of the Alt-Right is Helping to Power Its Rise”) to provide an even broader view of the issues.

  1. Have any of the terms in this article – whether from the left or right – ever been applied to you? How did it make you feel? How did you respond? What happened?
     
  2. Do you think that the left and right are equally responsible for the damage created by this kind of dialogue?
     
  3. The final paragraph of the article finds author Steven Petrow asking how you can start taking greater responsibility for the way that we interact with each other. Identify a few ways that you think you can do this.