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Race, Allyship & Intersectionality

Sep. 17th, 2012
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Systems of Advantage include discrimination, stereotypes, prejudice but most importantly, the power and the privilege required to maintain, perpetuate and establish itself through force and definition and domination. Discrimination Systems Of Advantage vs. Racism Sexism Ableism Imperialism Classism Heterosexism "The system isn't broken, it was built that way." These are the social and political constructions that define social location and these systems are the foundation upon which our economy is based on. As it determines who gets what and in what quantity. They serve a very clear purpose and they are always intentional. Race, Intersectionality & Allyship Prejudice is an irrational feeling of dislike for a person or group of persons, usually based on stereotypes. Virtually everyone feels some sort of prejudice, whether it’s for an ethnic group, or for a religious group, or for a type of person like blondes or large people. The important thing is they just don’t like them — in short, prejudice is a feeling, a belief. You can be prejudiced, but still be a fair person if you’re careful not to act on your irrational dislikes. Discrimination takes place the moment a person acts on prejudice. This describes those moments when one individual decides not to give another individual a job because of, say, their race or their religious orientation. Or even because of their looks (there’s a lot of hiring discrimination against “unattractive” women, for example). You can discriminate, individually, against any person or group, if you’re in a position of power over the person you want to discriminate against. White people can discriminate against black people, and black people can discriminate against white people. Goals & Accountability Terms & Definitions
Systems of Advantage
Privilege & Power
Illuminating Examples
Strategies For Solidarity "May we continue to disagree, may we continue to distinguish our movements by their bases of accountability, may we continue to give different accounts of how we got here and where we are, and may we collaborate but never compromise our visions of where we ought to be."
- Alexis Pauline Gumbs Stereotypes are generalizations about a group of people whereby we attribute a defined set of characteristics to this group Power Status Wealth Cash Whiteness is a racial identity created by upper class colonialists to distinguish themselves from indentured servants and slaves. A guarantee against being enslaved & a strategy to secure white wealth & domination. Colonization is the violent taking of land, wealth and labour of indigineous peoples through domination & conquest leading to their extermination in some cases & Trans-Atlantic slave trade which created a underclass based on race and gender that persists today. Systems combine social power, institutional power (policies & practices), cultural messages, and individual actions.
I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.

I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.

I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world’s majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.

If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn’t a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position than a person of color will have. White Privilege Cis Male Privilege (MAAB) If I do the same task as a woman, and if the measurement is at all subjective, chances are people will think I did a better job.

If I choose not to have children, my masculinity will not be called into question.

My elected representatives are mostly people of my own sex. The more prestigious and powerful the elected position, the more this is true. Heterosexual Privilege I can be pretty sure that my roommates, hall-mates and classmates will be comfortable with my sexual orientation.
If I pick up a magazine, watch TV, or play music, I can be certain my sexual orientation will be represented.
I do not have to fear that if my family or friends find out about my sexual orientation there will be economic, emotional, physical or psychological consequences. Key Definitions: White Saviour Industrial Complex Privilege Happens At The Expense Of Others Race
http://racismschool.tumblr.com/
http://unfaircampaign.org/resources/know-it/#timeline
http://oppressedbrowngirlsdoingthings.tumblr.com
knowledgeispower.tumblr.com

Gender
http://subtlecluster.tumblr.com/post/7838336276/genderqueer-links-and-books
http://thebrownggrrlzproject.tumblr.com/
http://blackgirldangerous.tumblr.com/

Sexuality
http://yosimar.tumblr.com/
Ability
http://deafmuslimpunx.tumblr.com/
http://thepeopleprojectto.tumblr.com/

Fatphobia
http://fuckyeahfatbrownhijabis.tumblr.com/

Intersectionality
http://kimkatrincrosby.squarespace.com/queer-gifted-black/ Resources I have noticed that whenever you have soldiers in the story it is called history. Before their arrival it is called myth, folktale, legend, fairy tale, oral poetry, ethnography. After the soldiers arrive, it is called history.

Paula Gunn Allen, Native American writer Source: thedailyconservative Native American and Xican@ students protest the 500th anniversary of Columbus landing in the Americas. "Not being racist is not some default starting position. You don’t simply get to say you’re not a racist; not being racist — or ableist or a homophobe — it is a constant, arduous process of unlearning, of being uncomfortable, of eating crow and being humbled and re-evaluating."
PostBourgie
The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.
Another’s experience does not invalidate your own, but it should and necessarily does complicate your own.
Privilege happens at the expense of others.
Treat others the way that they want to be treated. Ask.
Imagine that your allyship card expires at the end of the day.
It is no one’s responsibility to educate you but your own.
Listen. Learn. Practice. Repeat.
Acknowledge Privilege. Dissolve Guilt.
Take up less space. Fall back.
Collect your folks.
Never deprive someone of their agency.
Center. Listen. Acknowledge. Inquire. Move towards resolution. (CLAIM) Strategies For Solidarity "to remain exempt from perpetuating social inequity" DEFINE MAINTAIN ENFORCE (cc) photo by medhead on Flickr POWER PRIVILEGE & "Women are assumed to be in a constant state of consent unless they explicitly state otherwise, says Connecticut supreme court"

“The state Supreme Court Monday threw out the conviction of a city man found guilty of sexually assaulting a severely handicapped woman.

In a 4-3 decision, the high court ruled that despite evidence the 26-year-old woman cannot speak and has little body movement, there was no evidence she could not communicate her refusal to have sex with the defendant, Richard Fourtin Jr. As a result of the ruling, Fourtin goes free and cannot be tried for the case again.”

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Supreme-Court-sets-accused-rapist-free-3910077.php Charity is not the answer. Overexploited vs. Underdeveloped “The notion of productivity is rooted in capitalist (and, it follows, ableist) ideas about an individual’s value. It is important that we be “productive”, not only when we are at work, but at all times. As a disabled child shuffled through the medical industrial complex and as a baby of color shipped across the world to “new parents,” I have felt more like a different species, a freak, an object to be fixed/saved, a commodity. Like someone who has been owned and whose body has never felt like it was mine. Like someone who they were trying to make human (read: able bodied, white), if only the surgeries had worked and the braces had stuck. Like something that never could even get close to “desirable” or “feminine” or “woman” or “queer.” Like ugly. Not human. The magnificence of a body that shakes, spills out, takes up space, needs help, moseys, slinks, limps, drools, rocks, curls over on itself. The magnificence of a body that doesn’t get to choose when to go to the bathroom, let alone which bathroom to use. A body that doesn’t get to choose what to wear in the morning, what hairstyle to sport, how they’re going to move or stand, or what time they’re going to bed. The magnificence of bodies that have been coded, not just undesirable and ugly, but un-human. The magnificence of bodies that are understanding gender in far more complex ways than I could explain in an hour. Moving beyond a politic of desirability to loving the ugly. Respecting Ugly for how it has shaped us and been exiled. Seeing its power and magic, seeing the reasons it has been feared. Seeing it for what it is: some of our greatest strength. Transphobia (white) privilege doesn't only mean social mobility or status attainment, it can also mean freedom against being subject to racially motivated hate crimes, and being constantly perceived as the "other". You were born, belonging. Racialized groups were born having to prove themselves good enough, "act white" enough, to be heard and participate in western society. - Mona Zarif “I think the problem is that many people in America think that racism is an attitude. And this is encouraged by the capitalist system. So they think that what people think is what makes them a racist. Racism is not an attitude.
If a white man wants to lynch me, that’s his problem. If he’s got the power to lynch me, that’s my problem. Racism is not a question of attitude; it’s a question of power.

Racism gets its power from capitalism. Thus, if you’re anti-racist, whether you know it or not, you must be anti-capitalist. The power for racism, the power for sexism, comes from capitalism, not an attitude.

You cannot be a racist without power. You cannot be a sexist without power. Even men who beat their wives get this power from the society which allows it, condones it, encourages it. One cannot be against racism, one cannot be against sexism, unless one is against capitalism.”

Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) answering a question about racism, sexism, and capitalism. “If the state doesn’t recognize its indigenous people, don’t be surprised if there are people who do not acknowledge the existence of the state”
— Ridwan Djanun We are a community not a cult. We don't have to agree on everything. Audism
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