Episode 114: The Power of Purpose

“To determine purpose, you can ask yourself the following questions. What is my intention behind wanting to say something? What is the goal or the outcome that I’m after? What do I hope will happen as a result of me saying something? Getting clear on your purpose is the first step [in responding to racism], and it’ll help you identify the words to use.”

Elena Aguilar

Effectively responding to racism requires you to act with a clear purpose. In this episode of our What to Say When You Hear Something Racist limited series, Elena shares a process for you to get clear on your purpose for saying something, including the five categories of purposes you’ll likely be drawing from.

Mentioned on this episode: 

  • The 5 Reasons to Say Something [Purpose]:
    • To interrupt the thinking behind the words being said
    • To educate 
    • To strengthen a relationship
    • To contain a contagion 
    • To preserve your own integrity

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