Stand up to Stigma

How We Reject Fear and Shame

Pernessa C. Seele (Author)

Forthcoming: 10/23/2017

Stand up to Stigma
“Stigma” is a simple two-syllable word yet a powerful expression that conjures up a variety of feelings for many people based on an array of social factors. We all have the tendency to sit on our high horses and proclaim how progressive and civilized we've become. However, the reality is that we experience the burden of stigma in the United States in our public and private lives every day.

Dr. Pernessa Seele teaches readers that with practical stigma management, beginning with exposing the problems, we can transform the public conversation to be guided by accepting others and reserving our negative judgments. If we are honest and committed to exposing the problems, each of us can vividly see how we privately mark people who are and have been incarcerated, those addicted to drugs, people who live in low-income neighborhoods, same-gender loving people, and individuals suffering from certain diseases. It is in such conversations that we can educate ourselves and engage with others we have stigmatized in the past, ultimately leading us to change our language from a negative outlook to that of inclusion and the mending of social divides.

Supported by her wealth of knowledge and decades of experience, Dr. Seele imagines a world that few people can. She envisions that in eliminating stigmas about people different from us, we can change representations in the media, get rid of laws and policies targeting stigmatized groups, and set an example for future generations.

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“Stigma” is a simple two-syllable word yet a powerful expression that conjures up a variety of feelings for many people based on an array of social factors. We all have the tendency to sit on our high horses and proclaim how progressive and civilized we've become. However, the reality is that we experience the burden of stigma in the United States in our public and private lives every day.

Dr. Pernessa Seele teaches readers that with practical stigma management, beginning with exposing the problems, we can transform the public conversation to be guided by accepting others and reserving our negative judgments. If we are honest and committed to exposing the problems, each of us can vividly see how we privately mark people who are and have been incarcerated, those addicted to drugs, people who live in low-income neighborhoods, same-gender loving people, and individuals suffering from certain diseases. It is in such conversations that we can educate ourselves and engage with others we have stigmatized in the past, ultimately leading us to change our language from a negative outlook to that of inclusion and the mending of social divides.

Supported by her wealth of knowledge and decades of experience, Dr. Seele imagines a world that few people can. She envisions that in eliminating stigmas about people different from us, we can change representations in the media, get rid of laws and policies targeting stigmatized groups, and set an example for future generations.

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Pernessa C. Seele is an American immunologist and interfaith public health activist. She is the CEO and founder of the Balm in Gilead, Inc., a religious-based organization that provides support to people with AIDS and their families, as well as working for the prevention of HIV and AIDS. Through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, the Balm in Gilead, Inc. operates the Black Church HIV/AIDS National Technical Assistance Center. The Balm in Gilead, Inc., serves and connects 10,000 churches and 70 community organizations in the United States, some African nations, and the Caribbean.

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