COPING With ISMs
Recognize that ISMs (racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, etc.) are a part of USA culture and in every institution: education, healthcare, media, politics, sports, employment, housing, economics, and religion. It is highly unlikely that they will go away in my foreseeable lifetime.
If you accept this point-of-view as the reality of our society, then you will be better able to successfully confront ISMs when they do appear. The psychological effects are many: a negative self-image, self-hatred, rejection of personal history, low self-ideal (expectations), low self-esteem (values), depression, and constant feelings of anxiety in the company of the dominant… Read More