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February 22, 2021 48 min

Using words to describe individuals who look different is a practice that goes back centuries. In recent years, people have used very offensive terms when referring to little people and African-Americans. Little people have been called ‘midget’, and African-Americans have been called the N-word. However, some people have likened the act of calling a person with dwarfism a midget to calling an African-American the N-word. Ali Chapman helps navigate this discussion and describes her experience as a 3’8” black woman. Ali outlines important points as to why there is a distinct difference between the two words. She talks about her first-hand encounters and how she has felt when she’s been called both of these words. A major takeaway from this discussion is that putting yourself in people’s shoes and thinking about their experience before you say something negative is a best practice. 

 

Thanks to John Lee Dumas for suggesting my subtitle!

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