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Terra (aka Annie Fox)
“I don't have too many friends.”
“My friends don't like my other friend.”
I'm kinda a nobody. I'm very shy and quiet to everyone and I don't hold too much of a conversation. So, I don't have too many friends. I just sit there and listen.
Well, I have learned to be a little more social. But not a lot. I was really mad at my friend, because she was starting to ignore me and she always wanted to sit next to my other friend instead of me. At first I though, "well, ok." But then she started to ignore me a lot and she never sat next to me. She was always whispering and gossiping with my other friend, but she never did that with me anymore. So then I decided to pluck up...
I have this one friend who doesn't like any of my other friends. When I'm with some of my other friends, they are talking about her. I say, "You guys, she's my friend, and you shouldn't be talking about her." So they stop.. For the moment. But, they do it again other times. It still bugs me that I can't make them stop.
Girl in the Middle
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February 7, 2016
I've been experiencing some moral differences with my parents. I've always idolized my them, but recently, I've realized I simply can't agree with some of their ideas.
On a recent trip we took public transportation and most of the people riding with us were African Americans. My mom kept whispering derogatory racist remarks to me and my sister. And just a few days ago, my mom argued that a person's skin color and other aspects of appearance are a direct link to the quality of the person.
I love my parents, but it makes me confused when I disagree so vehemently with people I care about. Racism is a big issue and I hate to see my parents contribute to it.
How should I respond when they bring up or argue this topic again? Is debating with them a viable solution? – Confused
I am very proud of you for recognizing racist remarks when you hear them and knowing it's not ok to talk like that. Even if these remarks come from someone you love and idolize (like your parents) a racist comment is still a racist comment! You're right. Racism is a big issue and you have chosen to be part of the solution, not the problem. I admire you for taking that role.
So how should you respond when parents try to argue their ignorant perspective? Great question! To discover the answer you first need to examine the answer to this question: “When it comes to other people’s attitudes, opinions, feelings, thoughts and behavior what power do I have?” You sound like an extremely intelligent individual so you probably don’t need me to tell you that you have no power over what others think or feel or do. More »