Discrimination Free Zone: Silencing Discriminatory Language One Conversation At A Time
Author, Attorney and Motivational Speaker Tali Raphaely has turned his anger into advocacy after hearing discriminatory language used regularly by strangers and acquaintances. On a mission to silence discriminatory language one conversation at a time, Raphaely is fueling a new social movement against the use of discriminatory language - Discrimination Free Zone. “It surprised and disappointed me that discriminatory comments were being made so often in this day and age and these comments impacted me so personally that I resolved to help end such language,” says Raphaely. To bring awareness to the negative impact of discriminatory language and provide support and resources for those committed to using respectful language, Discrimination Free Zone Inc, and Discrimination Free Zone Foundation have been birthed. “This movement is a personal passion. I am working to create a global community that’s free from discriminatory language,” he adds.
Both organizations promote the use of language free of slurs and stereotypes, by engaging supporters and advocates to create Discrimination Free Zones. “Zones are easy to create, and can be formed by individuals or groups demarking a safe and discrimination free space - whether on their person or their surroundings.” Raphaely shared. Discrimination Free Zones are identified with branded wristbands, shirts, hats, stickers, posters, and other items that are available at www.discriminationfreezone.com
By wearing Discrimination Free Zone apparel an individual establishes a Discrimination Free Zone everywhere he or she goes. Before wearing or displaying any of these items, supporters pledge not to use discriminatory language based on race, color, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability. Individuals wearing or displaying the Discrimination Free Zone items are clearly but tactfully informing others that they’ll be offended by discriminatory comments and will not participate in conversations containing such damaging remarks.
To meet its mission, The Discrimination Free Zone Foundation, a non-profit organization, is funded solely by items sold by Discrimination Free Zone, Inc. The Foundation is committed to ending discriminatory language through awareness, education and training; focusing on schools, companies and community groups. As part of its comprehensive educational efforts, the Foundation has created a how-to guide for ending discriminatory language. The guide, which offers tips and strategies for reacting to offensive comments, was produced primarily for schools and community groups, but is available for anyone to download at no charge.
Companies, individuals and groups can show their commitment to ending discriminatory language by using the #dfreezone hashtag and posting pictures of their zones to their websites and social media platforms. “I believe that our simple visual message can be the first step towards silencing discriminatory language,” says Raphaely.
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