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Transcript of Action Continuum
(Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, 2nd Ed.)
Telling derogatory jokes, putting down people, intentionally avoiding targeted group members, discriminating against targeted group members, verbally or physically harassing targeted group members.
Enabling discrimination and injustice by denying that targeted group members are oppressed. Does not actively discriminate or oppress, but by denying that oppression exists, colludes with oppression.
Recognizing, No Action
Is aware of oppression actions by self and others and their harmful effects but takes not action to stop this behavior. This inaction is the result of fear, lack of information, confusion about what to do. Experiences discomfort at the contradiction between awareness and action
Is aware of oppression and injustices, recognizes oppressive actions of self and others and takes action to stop them.
Taking actions to learn more about oppression and privilege, and the life experiences affected by unjust social relations by reading, attending workshops, seminars, cultural events, participating in discussions, joining organizations or groups that oppose injustices, attending social action and change events.
Moving beyond only educating self to questions and dialogue with others too. Rather than only stopping oppressive comments or behaviors, also engaging people to discussion to share why you object to a comment or action.
Supporting others who speak out against injustices or who are working to be more inclusive of targeted group members by backing up others who speak out, forming an allies group, joining a coalition group.
Working to change individual and institutional actions and policies that discriminate against targeted group members, planning educational programs or events, working for passage of legislation that protects groups from discrimination, being explicit about making sure members of historically marginalized groups are full participants in organization or groups