“Compassionate conservatism” is the idea that one can simultaneously push marginalization, but doing it in a way that shows care. But usually, this “care” is focused all wrong — like, say, toward fetuses, but not toward accessible childcare. And there’s nothing compassionate about that. It’s harmful, it’s hurtful, and it’s oppressive.
Being a first-generation college student is hard. You don’t have the same access or resources as your peers, AND you might find yourself feeling disconnected from your family or place of origin. This article provides some great ideas that will not only help make the process feel easier and more safe, they will also help hold you accountable to your new privilege.
So many of us are stuck in a debt we can’t seem to escape. In the process, we feel guilty and ashamed for not being able to pay back the money we owe. That guilt might turn into feelings of stress and failure. But, as these series of graphs convey, the system is set up to exploit the working poor and middle class. It’s not your fault and you are not alone!
Panhandling is when people ask for money in public spaces, and many of us encounter it a daily basis. We know these folks deserve compassion, but we may not know how best to give it. How should we respond to people panhandling or experiencing homelessness? Here is a step-by-step guide to responding responsibly and compassionately to those who are panhandling.
Privilege and oppression simultaneously impact our lives in a number of intersectional ways. If we solely focus on our marginalized identities, we give up the opportunity to recognize and interrupt the ways our privileges cause harm to the people we care about. If you’re struggling with recognizing your privilege as a marginalized person, this might serve as a helpful guide.
The inevitable injustice that accompanies privilege is exacerbated when the privileged don’t acknowledge that they have more social access than others AND that said access comes at the expense of another groups’s well-being. Check out this graphic representation of how one teacher taught the class how to examine their privilege — and how it affects others.
In our classist society, we’re so quick to blame and shame people struggling financially. So we don’t have compassionate conversations about poverty, its emotional and cultural impact, and how to survive it. So here’s some survival strategies, affirmations, and solace for those attempting to navigate intersectional class oppression.
Angry Americans have a lot to say about welfare. Some of it’s questionable, most of it’s derogatory, and almost all of it’s incorrect. There are millions of people who currently receive government assistance in our country. To some Americans, this rings alarm bells. But how much do they really know about what welfare actually is, or about the people who need it?
The US prison system was formed to rehabilitate people who have committed crimes. But these days, that’s looking less and less like its main priority. With the concerning rise in private prisons and the continued exploitation of prisoners, the prison system seems more devoted to earning a profit than anything else. Check out this infographic to get the facts.
“How come all of you are addicted to drugs?” “Why can’t you sleep at a shelter?” “Why don’t you get a job?” These are a few of the common questions that those of us with the privilege of relative financial security ask of homeless people. And they betray a serious lack of empathy and understanding. Wanna know why? Check out this article to learn more.