Words are powerful.

History has repeatedly shown us, words can be the seeds to help us grow together or the knives to cut us apart.

Polarization starts with words.  Hate crimes start with words.  Genocide starts with words.

The truth is we need each other to solve our current problems.  No matter what side of the issues we are on, or how “right” we think we are, using dehumanizing or identity attacking language and humor, although it may feel good in the moment, will only serve to shut down communication, escalate conflict, and take you further away from the change you want to see.

We each have the ability to take back responsibility for our language and the language we promote.  Let’s start a movement to have better conversations about the things that matter most.

In response to the current polarization that exists and the rise of hate crimes, I will take personal responsibility for the words I use in conflict.

 

1. I pledge to not use dehumanizing or identity attacking language or graphics about people, politicians, and groups I disagree with, no matter how strongly. This pledge applies to all communications, including discussions, posts, tweets, demonstrations or any other form of communication.

2. I pledge to not engage in, like, repost, or retweet humor that uses dehumanizing or identity attacking language or graphics.

3. I pledge to discuss problems and work towards solutions, instead of attacking people, no matter how strongly I disagree with their perspective. This shall include getting curious why people have a different perspective and continuing to work to refocus the conversation on solving the problem at hand.

Sign The Conflict Pledge Today!

The Conflict Pledge

  1. I pledge to not use dehumanizing or identity attacking language or graphics about people, politicians, and groups I disagree with, no matter how strongly. This pledge applies to all communications, including discussions, posts, tweets, demonstrations or any other form of communication.

  2. I pledge to not engage in, like, repost, or retweet humor that uses dehumanizing or identity attacking language or graphics.

  3. I pledge to discuss problems and work towards solutions, instead of attacking people, no matter how strongly I disagree with their perspective. This shall include getting curious about why people have a different perspective and continuing to work to refocus the conversation on solving the problem at hand.

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