The Platinum Rule

Thinking About Race: Use the Platinum Rule. We are all familiar with the Golden Rule: ‘Treat others as you would wish to be treated.’  Following the Golden Rule is an essential first step in building community.  When bridging cultures, there is an added rule that is important to follow:  the Platinum Rule.  It states, ‘Treat others the way they wish to be treated.’  This means, your perspectives or beliefs aside, that it is important to learn and acknowledge others’ feelings, experiences and opinions.  When we treat others in a way that is not based on our own assumptions about their experiences, we learn how to interact with others in a truly helpful and respectful way.”  – from Be Not Afraid – A Project of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, a document on “Cultural Competence and Sensitivity.”

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