Jason R. Anderson

Software Engineer & UX Designer

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone — Aggressively Seek to Understand.

For the past few years, I’ve been using Twitter to proactively broaden my view of the world. Before that, I mostly followed people like me — white male computer programmers. That made it really easy to turn a blind eye to the civil rights battles being fought on so many fronts around me. As long as it was out of my line of sight, I was safe and comfortable knowing my world was perfectly fine. But it wasn’t. It isn’t. It’s all a thin veil held in place by the patriarchy and systems of power that shape and mold our perceptions as we go about our business. Subtle use of language in news reports to color how we feel about the facts. It’s a sobering discovery when you suddenly learn what to look for and begin to see the systems of oppression in place at so many levels.

I don’t feel I can adequately put into words the discoveries I’ve made about myself and the world around me. From what I can tell though, the predjudices and perceptions we hold are based in our understanding. Seek to understand and your reasons to fear and hate should fade away. If they don’t, you might want to start questioning your humanity.