SE: What if someone wants to "stand up for the powerless" and it seems to be a "proxy war"?

Sometimes people feel the desire to stand up for a group or an individual where it seems out of proportion. It is hard to judge when that would be true. Yet, be aware that not all objections or discussions are actually about the issue at hand even though they sound like they might be. They might be about the sadness of inequality in the world and in between groups. They might be about experiences in the past or fears in the future. The trigger might be in the moment but the cause might not. In that case, good listening is important as disregarding the concerns might amplify them.

For more information, check out our handbook Many Voices One Song chapter 4