Change does not happen by wishing but by action. If we are to do something about social differences,
then it will have to be specific actions that we can get started on immediately. Here are some ways that
you and I can contribute positive change with regards to this thorny issue.
a) In our Personal Lives
Most of the prejudice and biases that we see in our society stems from our lives. It is, therefore, a good
idea that we start from where we are. This is how we can work on this is our personal lives.
1. Strike more conversations;
On the metro back home I could say to a person, ‘Hi, how has your day been?’ The person would reply,
‘Fine, thank you! It’s been one hell of a day.’
2. Learn about different communities
Most of our social differences stem from a lack of knowledge about another community. Taking it upon
ourselves to learn more about other communities helps us understand how connected we are and thus
bridge any social differences.
Philanthropic activities are the best way to engage with people that are from a different social grouping.
Taking advantage of such an opportunity, one can learn to understand why certain people are different
from who they are and thus be more accommodative of them.
4. Practicing good neighborliness
John is neighbors with Chidinma and Ike, one morning he sees them seated out on the porch. In
practicing good neighborliness, John says ‘Hey guys, I see you are having a great time, can I walk your
dog for you today?’
5. Going out more often
For many of us, we love to lock up ourselves and avoid meeting other people. However, the best way to
deal with social differences is actually meeting more people.
6. Offering help to strangers
Mike is a Caucasian boy walking home from school. He notices a disturbed Asian lady by the sidewalk.
Mike walks up to her and enquires what is the matter and finds out that the lady is lost but he knows
the direction to that place. He thus offers to give her directions to the place.
1. Sitting arrangement;
As a teacher you can help address social injustice through sitting arrangement. A simple instruction for
example ‘Tommy, please sit with Katherine and help her with her drawing.’ This helps the children learn
the importance of helping each other.
2. Encouraging teamwork during play;
Play is an important part of learning. Encouraging team work will have Mukesh, an Indian boy thinking
to himself, ‘If I team up with Maria, she is going to help me win this game.’
3. Team building;
At work, team building is an essential activity that helps to keep the team together. All staff should be
encouraged to partner with each other despite coming from different social groupings. If Kwame is an
immigrant from Ghana, he should be able to team up with Laura, who is from Texas during team
4. Open office layout;
The use of open office layout allows staff members to interact more during work. Kim, who is from
Korea, can get used to sitting next to Tom from Canada, and each morning they can strike a
conversation about the weather and how it is different in their native homes.
5. Equality in pay
Another very effective way of ensuring we can overcome social differences our places of work is working
towards equality in pay. Juan, a staff member should be able to say ‘Hunter and I earn the same because
we have similar qualifications.’
6. Taking children to schools outside the community
For most of us, we are sued to taking our kids to schools in an environment that is made up of people
from our social grouping. This may seem right, but it is not. Dwayne should be able to think, ‘I am from
Brooklyn, but my son shouldn’t have a problem schooling in Manhattan.’
7. Teaching unbiased history in schools
Most of the literature that our children are taught at school encourages the perpetuation of social
differences. Mr. Church should be able to say ‘The African continent is a beautiful one because it is the
cradle of mankind.’
c) Town/Local Community
1. Street cookouts
With efforts to over social differences in the works. Upon hearing plans of a street cookout, Sonny may
think to himself ‘This is the perfect chance to make my neighbors a Caribbean cuisine they will love.’
2. Communal Playgrounds
As mayor of a town, Melinda may think to herself, ‘I should convince the county council to allow the kids
have a playground that will bring them together instead of us setting up an office block on that piece of
3. All-inclusive shops
Having accommodative shops is another way of overcoming social differences. If Prathi operates a spices
shop, she should be able to welcome Harriet without her feeling she is doing the customer a favor.
4. Equal leadership
At a polling station Curtis may be thinking to himself ‘Mary is from the majority community and he has
served us for the last two terms. This time, I will vote for Nikita for a change.’
5. Building community libraries
Community libraries encourage a place of learning where all people from any social group are welcome.
Having more libraries in our communities will encourage overcoming social differences. Community
libraries also help support the efforts that schools and places of work put into bridging social
6. Regular community meetings
Having regular community meetings helps to bridge social injustice. It is at this meeting that a person
like Tanisha who represents the LGBTQ society will think to herself, ‘This community has me here
because they feel I am worth being a part of them.’
7. Voluntary community service
Having a program in place that encourages people to offer voluntary community service helps to foster
communal integration. People get to understand each other better and thus contribute to overcoming