In my latest course, I also talk about stigmas, including the fact that I unsuspectingly became burdened with at least five stigmas after I moved from Amsterdam to England. It’s shocked and hampered me greatly, and it also taught me a lot.
My most embarrassing moments in this respect?
Finding myself wanting to emphasize that I am not eastern European “or something like that”.
Because even worse than being seen as a migrant was being seen as a migrant from eastern Europe “or something like that”, when I was living in Southampton.
“I am not one of them. I am one of you, I am one of us.”
I still cringe when I think back to it.
Nobody is immune to the destructive self-perpetuating power of a stigma.