Friday, September 02, 2016

Diverting Bullies

Parisian filmmaker Maeril created this handy infographic to assist people who encounter bullying in public places. The remarkable power of fear and ignorance is such that many "adults" now feel entitled to berate people based on their own perceptions of difference. Those of us who are outraged by such behavior are often at a loss as to how to respond without making the situation worse. Maeril's approach is a good one -- supporting the victim and deflating the perpetrator.

I hope never to need this advice, which I could have used in a somewhat similar situation on public transit in Boston about a decade ago, I responded, but not as effectively as this.
Reposted with commentary on Bussfeed

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