Hey y'all! Let's talk about psychology, relatable content, and racism.
It was wild the number of DMs I recieved after my last post. After reading them all and responding, I have decided to break down a couple of things in an effort to educate other white folks!
Quick disclaimer: I am not perfect. I am still learning, changing, and growing. I am simply using this accessible platform to hopefully plant seeds of change in other white folks. Okay, let's get started!! I
would like to talk about the importance of turning sympathy to empathy, and then combining the two to create an unending passion for change.
Sympathy is defined as a feeling of sorrow for someone's misfortune. Empathy is taking the time and mental ability to put yourself in someone's circumstances, their life, and then understanding on a deeper level a bit more of what they are going through. Although we as human beings have advanced over the last few millenia, the deep hard-wiring in our brains has been slower to catch up. Every single time we interact with someone different than us we have to make the conscious decision to open our hearts and minds to find commonalities. The good thing is that the more we practice the easier and effortless it becomes until it is as automatic as breathing. Truly, there is far more that connects everyone on Earth than there is that separates us.
'Wait, so are we talking about psychology or relatable content? What even is relatable content and why does it matter in this instance?' Great question! Relatable Content is any form of media whose content appeals to your own hobbies/interests/ways of thinking. Relatable content does a tremendously great job at deepening our understanding of a certain topic because it gives us concrete, and at times tangible, examples. Why it matters is because it is a fantastic tool that allows us to find commonalities with new people and set the foundation for putting in effort to create a relationship (acquaintance, friend, mentor, confidant, romantic, etc.) (CONTINUED IN THE COMMENTS)