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.
What many of us see is a subtle, nuanced version of gentrification, in which not every change is bad and there aren’t any obvious heroes or villains. But just because something doesn’t look like a problem doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. So we can choose to enjoy the colorful, “revitalized” façade of our shiny new neighborhoods – or we can peek behind the curtain.
The problem of youth homelessness is not often addressed. And when the media does bring attention to it, the discussion is often clouded by victim-blaming, misinformation, and an unfair representation of the situation. So let’s set the record straight with these five important facts about the real lives of the homeless youth population in the United States.
Labor unions are a feminist issue: It doesn’t get more feminist than battling the gender and race wage gaps, advocating for paid parental leave, and empowering lower-income workers. Check out this cartoon by Barry Deutsch, which perfectly demonstrates how arguments against labor unions don’t stand a chance in feminist discourse.
As a nation, we’re slowly realizing that whole, fresh foods are good for you and that cooking at home can save you money and provide you with better nutrition. Overall, this is a great trend. But this shift in culture has begun to produce a toxic byproduct: better-than-thou attitudes and judgments about low-income people’s decisions and choices about food.