Speaking Up Without Tearing Down

The author of this article, Loretta Ross, does an amazing job explaining the difference between calling-in and calling-out but takes it a step further to explain when calling-out is necessary. The nuance here is important when we talk about calling-in because the responsibility to call-in often rests, unfortunately on the individuals who were harmed. The “involuntary emotional labor” of calling-in is draining especially if the individual is unwilling to listen and/or using speech with the intention to hurt.

Although this article is geared to the classroom, this could be used in the workplace as well as in our personal relationships because we simply don’t know what we don’t know. I, as a black woman, have thought, believed and said things that were hurtful and untrue simply because I didn’t know and I am thankful for every person who corrected me. We can only speak from our lived experience and because of that, it is full of one-sided ideology. It is necessary for each of us to hear as many narratives as we can to expand what we see and understand as normal or right.

I encourage you to explore this article and think about how you can use it your own life.

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