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Becoming an Upstander

Brian Fong shares his personal journey to becoming an upstander on a recent episode of the “Language Alchemy” podcast. 

Here at Facing History we talk a lot about the choices each of us make and how those choices can shape our world. We know that by teaching and learning about moments in history where people chose to stand up to bigotry and hate, we can inspire others to do the same. 

But what does that actually look like in practice? In a recent episode of the Language Alchemy podcast, “We've Been a Bystander for Way Too Long. Time to Become an Upstander”,

Brian Fong, a Facing History Program Director, shared his insight into what upstanding looks like in practice.  

“The term upstander is about calling out compassion, understanding, and courage to stand up on behalf of those who are being unfairly targeted because of their identity."
— Brian Fong, Program Director, Facing History California

During the conversation, Brian takes us on his own personal journey toward upstanding. He shares how he learned to define it, identify it, and ultimately embody it at work, at home, and in the world at large.  

The discussion also touches on the power of collective action and how Facing History supports students, educators, and other members of our community to live into the title of “upstander”. 

Listen to the full interview now and share your own #upstander stories with us by tagging @facinghistory on your favorite social media platform.