Listening to people’s stories, we can get a fuller picture of what people’s lives are like–their feelings, their nuances, and the richness of their lives. Listening to people also helps us get through our numbness– there is a real person before us, not someone who is reduced to stereotypes in the media.
Additionally, listening to members of groups that have been discriminated against can give us a better understanding of what that experience is like. Listening gives us a picture of discrimination that is more real than what we can get from reading an article or listening to the radio.
It also seems that the more vocal people are those that are members of the more mainstream culture, while those who are less vocal are from minority cultures
You can informally ask people in your neighborhood or organization to tell you a part of their life stories as a member of a particular group. Read More