“I’m treat­ing every­body like a hu­man”

Glamour (South Africa) - - You You You -

“The world is cruel, and so­cial me­dia can add to that. It’s easy to fire off an an­gry com­ment or swish past a per­son on a dat­ing app, but there are real peo­ple be­hind the posts. I’ve adopted a no-ghost­ing pol­icy, even on so­cial me­dia. If I de­cide some­one’s not for me, I say so, kindly. I don’t even dis­miss racists (I used to just ask for the check if some­one said some­thing un­to­ward). Re­cently I went out with a per­son who, I re­alised, is best de­scribed as a racist-who-can-be-saved. I didn’t slam down my drink and leave, but en­gaged him for over an hour, push­ing back with info, sta­tis­tics, data – light. By the end he said I’d changed his mind about a lot of things and needed to know more. We parted with a hug, and I left with hope.” – Sarah, 33

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