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Empathy in Contact Zones

bgenaro's picture

I agree with most that empathy is a fundemental human emotion and connects people of all races in today's society. However, I do not agree that empathy and contact zones are synonymous. I think that empathy can be found in contact zones, but it is not always the case. Contact zones occur when people or groups of two or more backgrounds share experiences and ideas. Empathy is when people understand and relate to the experiences and ideas of other's. Contact zones are always beneficial. Empathy is not present in every contact zone. Many times people are unable to understand other people and their past experiences, that is why we have wars, bigotry, ignorance, and persecution.