Fear is quieting. When we disagree with insulting or offensive language, it is the short-term pain, the risk of our own relationship, that blinds us to a better outcome for all. Inaction is accepting that it will continue. Until someone offers a counter argument, others gain superiority in their opinions and belief they’re in the right. How then, do we Show Up and ensure we’re speaking for not just ourselves and our values but others around us?
Lead with emotional composure. Explain how that certain language affects how you feel while limiting the outward expression of it. You deserve to be upset, no one deserves to be shouted at.
Be global in your own language by moving beyond the person directly. “If no one used that language, how would that shift our perception of others?”
Fear is quieting. Courage, is speaking in the presence of fear.