Supermarkets and Stigma

We don’t all know what it’s like to be in a minority group. We don’t all know what it’s like to have a disability. We don’t all know what it’s like to have a given illness.

But we can try to imagine what others are going through; try to put ourselves in their shoes. It’s called empathy. It’s what causes us to have sensitivity and concern when words or actions harm any person or group of people.

Today Mummy Kindness wrote in her post, Supermarkets and Stigma, about a very specific and very public instance this week in which an online merchant displayed a damaging lack of empathy toward people with brain illnesses. If you’ve ever had a twinge of pain over disparaging words that contribute to the stigma of brain illness, I hope you’ll take a moment to read it. It’s well worth your time.

-Amy

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